Sonoma County Travel Guide
Howard Backen’s barnlike complex near the town of Sonoma houses several salons and lounges; choose between a flight of four, a five-course food-and-wine pairing, or a picnic by the pond.
Affiliated with Barndiva, Artists & Farmers carries artisan-made objets such as quilts stitched from antique saris and burled-wood bowls.
J.D. Zellerbach, once ambassador to Italy during the Eisenhower administration, created Hanzell in 1948. Current proprietor Alexander de Brye took over operations in 1998 and has since added a cave cellar and new state-of-the-art winery.
The most fashion-forward boutique in town specializes in stylish, sustainable attire for men and women—from organic cotton T-shirts by Turk + Taylor to an Edun dress in sapphire silk.
Located in Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, but the estate that it sits on is much more than just a vineyard. The main building is a restored chateau dating back to 1920 that now houses the visitors center and tasting room.
Dedicated to the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the exhibits can be a bit scholarly, but the Kite-Eating Tree and the ice-skating rink aren’t.adults $8, kids $5
Set on a hillside in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery was launched in 1982 and now produces mostly Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc.
This 400-acre wildlife reserve is about a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, and seeks to replicate an African Safari-style experience in the "Sonoma Serengeti." Unlike a traditional zoo, Safari West is a natural habitat that allows visitors to take a two-to-three–hour tour over rugged terrain t
Overseen by Lisa Palmer, wife of Dry Creek Kitchen chef, Charlie Palmer, Lime Stone sells restaurant-quality dining furniture and tabletop accessories (durable slipcovered chairs, affordable crystal stemware) alongside a global assortment of antiques.
Wine-growing regions tend to be equally well suited for olive groves—hence the success of this14-year-old company, which produces high-quality extra-virgin olive oils from local farms.
Originally founded by Korbel Champagne Cellars, this experimental company was eventually sold to brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo, who moved the operation to downtown Santa Rosa. There, he opened this lively brewpub with a shaded outdoor patio and a dining room decorated with large wooden barrels.
Open seven days a week, Sonoma Valley Cyclery offers varied services to guests who want to tour the Sonoma wine country and community. Opened in 1994, the store sells currently released sports-equipped bicycles from producers like Trek and Haro, while repairs can be made on most brands.
The shop is a mash-up of beach cottage and kaleidoscope, where gingerbread- trimmed shelves brim with kids' clothes in a riot of colors and patterns.