Sonoma 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.
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.
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.
Quivira Vineyards and Winery is a large estate powered by solar energy and biodynamic farming practices. The Coho salmon-filled Wine Creek runs through the property where cows, chickens, and pigs roam freely.
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 develop) your kitchen skills.
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 Cavaz work his magic.
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.
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.
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.
Since opening in 2004, Cornerstone's Gardens has drawn international acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Garden Design magazine.