Things to Do in Sonoma County

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Vintage furnishings with an industrial-meets-schoolhouse bent (drafting tables, Thonet chairs) are arranged into photo-ready vignettes. Read More

With 85 acres of vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, this small production winery has been family owned and operated for four generations. In the early... Read More

The most fashion-forward boutique in town specializes in stylish, sustainable attire for men and women—from organic cotton T-shirts by Turk +... Read More

Located in Sonoma County three miles north of Guerneville, Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve preserves more than 800 acres of coast redwood... Read More

If you’ve never seen glassblowing in person, stop by this shop a few miles south of downtown Sonoma and watch artist and master glassblower Frank... Read More

Baksheesh focuses on fair-trade, handcrafted gifts from the developing world, including carved beechwood bowls from Haiti and djembe drums from Burkina... Read More

This landmark brewpub from the Norgrove family dates to 1995 and produced all the craft beer for Bear Republic until 2006, at which point they increased... Read More

Known for its organic and biodynamic growing practices (the vintners here have forsworn all chemical pesticides and fertilizers), Benziger encompasses... Read More

Paddle 10 miles downriver from Forestville to Guerneville, past redwood trees and blue herons. $60 per canoe Read More

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&rsquo... Read More

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... Read More

Since opening in 2004, Cornerstone's Gardens has drawn international acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,... Read More

Opened in 1987, Downtown Bakery & Creamery is the product of three original partners who were colleagues at Chez Panisse restaurant in... Read More

Originating as a single plot of Chardonnay grapes, the Dutton-Goldfield winery now has 80 vineyards covering 1,000 acres in the Russian River Valley. In... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

What began as a cattle ranch in the 1880's is now home to more than 10,000 rose bushes and a renovated cottage (the original was damaged in a fire... Read More

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... Read More

At Goat Rock beach, in Jenner, the waves crash into large rock formations looming offshore and then race up the sand, retreating with salt foam and... Read More

J.D. Zellerbach, once ambassador to Italy during the Eisenhower administration, created Hanzell in 1948. Current proprietor Alexander de Brye took over... Read More

Named “Artisan Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits magazine in just its third year of production, this family-run company produces... Read More

A bit off the beaten path but worth the detour, this boutique family-owned winery west of Sonoma (it’s about 40 minutes from downtown by car)... Read More

Specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and sparkling wines, J Vineyards and Winery sources its grapes from 274 vineyard acres across the... Read More

Those who grew up reading The Call of the Wild and White Fang will get a kick out of visiting author Jack London’s onetime homestead. Manuscripts... Read More

A yellow building with a green trim, located among the vineyards of Alexander Valley, Jimtown Store sells fresh, made-to-order soups, salads, entrees,... Read More

Tony Magee, who started brewing in his Lagunitas garage, has slowly built his company into a craft brew destination. He added a taproom at the Petaluma... Read More

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... Read More

Marked by an impressive entry gate, this family-owned winery is built on a hillside in Alexander Valley, where the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley... Read More

Overseen by Lisa Palmer, wife of Dry Creek Kitchen chef, Charlie Palmer, Lime Stone sells restaurant-quality dining furniture and tabletop accessories ... Read More

M Clothing is stocked with women's designs from both established and emerging labels. Read More

Family-owned for more than a century, the Martinelli Winery has a history dating back to 1887, when Italian winemaker Giuseppe Martinelli and his... Read More

Easily one of the most beautiful wineries in Sonoma Valley, Matanzas Creek sits amid 1,500 acres of Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah vines... Read More

After retirement, Nan McEvoy purchased a former dairy farm spanning 550 acres in Petaluma, which she decided to use to produce Tuscan... Read More

Located atop Bell Mountain, this 335-acre winery is the creation of two lifelong friends: Christopher Medlock James and Ames Morison. Using solar... Read More

The northernmost winery in Sonoma County, Peay Vineyards is located on 53 hillside acres overlooking a river gorge, just four miles from the Pacific... Read More

Quivira Vineyards and Winery is a large estate powered by solar energy and biodynamic farming practices. The Coho salmon-filled Wine Creek runs through... Read More

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... Read More

Designed for home chefs rather than restaurant professionals, this cooking school has a great range of short-format courses to help you brush up on (or... Read More

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... Read More

After farming in the Russian River Valley for many years, Joe Rochioli Sr. bought 160 acres of land to establish this now-acclaimed family winery.... Read More

Situated in the Russian River Valley, this family-owned winery benefits from a low-lying afternoon fog that encourages the growth of cool-climate... Read More

Originally founded by Korbel Champagne Cellars, this experimental company was eventually sold to brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo, who moved the operation to... Read More

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... Read More

Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in 1895 in Alexander Valley, and since then the 300-acre winery has been producing award... Read More

Run by husband-and-wife team Adam and Dianna Lee, Siduri Wines produces an average of 27 Pinot Noirs each year, more than any other winery in... Read More

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,... Read More

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... Read More

Affiliated with Barndiva, Artists & Farmers carries artisan-made objets such as quilts stitched from antique saris and burled-wood bowls. Read More

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... Read More

In 1984, former garden designer and landscape design lecturer Alta Tingle opened her first shop, The Gardener, in Berkeley,... Read More

Wine-growing regions tend to be equally well suited for olive groves—hence the success of this14-year-old company, which produces high-quality... Read More

The tasting room at Thumbprint Cellars is a favorite for its loungelike ambience and small-lot wines. Read More

Toad Hollow's tasting room boasts an unstuffy atmosphere and intriguing no-oak Chardonnay. Read More

The place is a local institution for dense and crusty sourdough loaves. Read More

The shop provides rentals, maps of bikeable wine routes, and sage advice about getting around the region on two wheels.   Read More

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... Read More

Montana-based Zephyr Adventures has been running active trips for more than a decade, and recently the company added wine itineraries that bring... Read More

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