Sonoma County Travel Guide
Affiliated with Barndiva, Artists & Farmers carries artisan-made objets such as quilts stitched from antique saris and burled-wood bowls.
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.
Located atop Bell Mountain, this 335-acre winery is the creation of two lifelong friends: Christopher Medlock James and Ames Morison.
As one of the larger producers in Sonoma, this winery is big enough to be split between two different sites: Villa Fiore, an Italian-inspired structure makes exclusively white wine, while the Mountain Winery Estate at 1,200 feet elevation makes the reds.
Independent and locally owned, this tiny coffee shop has now expanded to three locations, but the one just off the plaza in Healdsburg is the original. Inside the small space, tables are often filled with locals who come to sample the day's offerings, which are posted on a chalkboard.
The result of the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983, this lake in the coastal foothills of Sonoma provides flood control, irrigation for the surrounding vineyards, and recreational opportunities like hiking, swimming, biking, boating, camping, and fishing.
Family-owned for more than a century, the Martinelli Winery has a history dating back to 1887, when Italian winemaker Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa moved to the Russian River Valley.
Montana-based Zephyr Adventures has been running active trips for more than a decade, and recently the company added wine itineraries that bring travelers to such destinations as Oregon, Sonoma, Argentina, and South Africa.
Baksheesh focuses on fair-trade, handcrafted gifts from the developing world, including carved beechwood bowls from Haiti and djembe drums from Burkina Faso.
This winery’s Mission-style visitors’ center (dominated by an adobe bell tower that rings on the hour) is a lovely place to while away an early afternoon.
Housed in a former dance hall, this small brewery is located in Guerneville, about two hours north of San Francisco. The company makes just a few beers at a time, with options ranging from the flagship Rat Bastard Pale Ale to the summery Bushwacker Wheat Beer, flavored with citrus and coriander.
Imagine a drive down a two-lane road through golden hills and river valleys on a retro Vespa, followed by private wine tastings and games of boccie ball. No, we’re not in Tuscany, but rather Napa and Sonoma—and exploring the region’s back roads European-style.
The Rio Theater, which appears in the form of a gigantic Quonset hut along Sonoma County’s winding Highway 116, has an Art Deco façade and a mural depicting the nearby Pacific, including forest and whales.
With 85 acres of vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, this small production winery has been family owned and operated for four generations.