Famous for its many art galleries, award-winning wineries, and a colonial-era plaza, Sonoma, California is the perfect place to go for an adventure in wine country. This historic city is located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley winemaking region and features a variety of events and attractions that delight area locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re sipping a glass of wine or hiking through the forest, you’re guaranteed a wonderful day out in Northern California. Here is our list for some of the best things to do in Sonoma, CA.
Our Favorite Attractions in Sonoma, CA
- Sonoma County Wineries: Adjacent to Napa Valley, Sonoma is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 400 wineries. Guests can stroll through the sprawling vineyards and learn about the grape-growing process, or relax in a tasting room and sample their favorite varietals.
- Sonoma State Historic Park: Located in the heart of Sonoma, this State Park has six historic sites for guests to explore – Mission San Francisco Solano, the Blue Wing Inn, Sonoma Barracks, the Toscano Hotel, the Servants Quarters, and General Vallejo’s home. Visitors can spend an afternoon checking out exhibitions, museums, gift shops, and the visitor’s center to learn more about the area’s rich history and fascinating past.
- Sonoma Valley Art Museum: Founded in 1998, this vibrant contemporary museum features exhibition galleries, a 2,500-volume art library, public workshops, and special events. Guests can also take a guided tour through the museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- Sonoma Creek, California: Sonoma Creek is a 33-mile stream in Northern California. Because of its rural watershed, Sonoma Valley boasts some of the finest parks, forests, grasslands, and vineyards in the San Francisco Bay area. The creek is home to a variety of wildlife including endangered steelhead trout, Chinook salmon, and California freshwater shrimp.
- Sonoma TrainTown Railroad: One of the best things to do in Sonoma with kids, the Traintown Railroad features 4 miles of track and goes through tunnels, over bridges, and stops at a miniature town. Kids will also love feeding animals in the petting zoo and exploring six different amusement rides.
- Suttonfield Lake: Known for its abundance of amphibians and wildlife, Suttonfield Lake is a large reservoir adjacent to Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Although swimming and fishing are not allowed on the lake, guests can venture through the park and spend an afternoon hiking, biking, or bird watching.
- Sonoma Valley Wine Tours: A wine tour is a wonderful way to experience Sonoma in style. From luxury vehicles to vintage cable cars, you can travel comfortably through the vineyards while taking in all the breathtaking scenery along the way. Experienced and entertaining guides will be on-hand to help answer all of your questions and will lead you on an awesome wine country journey.
- Sonoma Plaza: The largest plaza in all of California, Sonoma’s central plaza is home to adobe storefronts and boutiques, historic landmarks, galleries, tasting rooms, and a wide variety of acclaimed Sonoma County restaurants. Visitors can peruse the cobblestone streets or sit down for a picnic in the lush green grass.
Head Home to the Honor Mansion!
After an exciting day out in Sonoma, return to our Healdsburg bed and breakfast and join us for an afternoon wine hour right on our grounds. Our Healdsburg hotel is located in Sonoma County and is just steps from downtown Healdsburg, so you can rest up in one of our beautiful rooms or suites before heading out for another day of exploring!
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