Set amidst a backdrop of beautiful rolling hills, enchanting vineyards and a picturesque creek, Sonoma, California is everything that one would expect in a town with a wine-centric culture. Whether you are there to shop, sightsee, dine, take in a show or tour the many wineries local to the area, you will find Sonoma to be very inviting and ... Read more
friendly. The town also offers a variety of B&Bs and hotels that appeal to a variety of budgets and tastes.

Sonoma places to stay and top hotels

Sonoma things to do and experiences

  • Sonoma Plaza
    9.429 reviews
    Outdoors, Plaza
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
  • Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
    9.327 reviews
    Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, Winery, Wine Bar
    Popular withFoodiesLuxury
  • Cornerstone Gardens
    9.023 reviews
    Shopping, Winery, Garden, Park
    Popular withFamiliesArtsy
  • Russian River
    9.219 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature
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There are two main factors that should be taken into consideration when planning a trip to Napa: rain and crowds. The temperatures in the Napa Valley are pretty standard for Northern California, meaning that it ... Read more
never gets too hot or too cold, with a range of 50s to 80s (10-30C) during the day throughout the year. Summer time is best for dining and attending concerts outside, but that’s no secret, so you’ll be battling hordes of other winos for space in restaurants and tasting rooms if you make the trip between June and August. The beginning of spring and mid-fall have mild temperatures and fewer tourists so you can sip your zinfandel in peace.

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Sonoma reviews & trip reports

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  • 7.3
    History Buffs
  • 7.3
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 6.5
    Adventure Travelers
  • 6.2
    Family Travelers

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Local from Sonoma, California, USA

Sonoma is MY TOWN! We are so fortunate to live here! Great restaurants, great wine, lots of places to taste, the Bike trail, the Overlook trail, & more. And get this, - you can buy a bottle of wine, and take it onto the Plaza and have a picnic! Open bottles OK! And you will have a lot of choices for libations. the Plaza is ringed with boutiques, tasting rooms, restaurants and bars. Fun! Check out the tuesday Farmer's Market in the summer - live music!

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Colorado Springs

Great scenery, great food and great wine. People were friendly and the weather was perfect.

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Escondido, California, USA

We flew into Oakland rental a car and headed to Sonoma. There was a farmers market happening in the square. A dance that evening and the close community was such a great feeling. I could live there! It wasn't just all wine tasting. Local bakeries, shopping, art and history.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory Buffs
San Francisco, California, USA

Sonoma is a small and pretty town in the heart of wine country. It makes a great base for exploring the wider region but also works perfectly for a standalone weekend or day trip.

The town's physical and cultural center lies in the plaza, laid out in the days when Sonoma was still a pueblo. Here you'll find lots of places to eat and shop, as well as the town's main historical sites which are worth a look.

Vineyards and scenery in the surrounding area are obviously the most famous attractions, but good wine and food abound in the town's restaurants too.

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory Buffs
New York City, New York State, USA

Readers love this wine country town because it hasn’t gotten too posh: you’ll still find historic sites, such as General Vallejo’s house from the 1850s, along with contemporary local eccentrics such as the Dancing Jogging Lady, who has her own Facebook fan page. Sonoma also ranked in the top 10 for its adobe town square—lined with a dozen-plus wine-tasting rooms—as well as its coffee. A good place to hang with the locals is The Epicurean Connection, a café right off Sonoma Plaza that offers local wine, cheese-making classes, and goat-milk lattes.

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San Francisco, California, USA

I've done a few barrel tasting tours of Sonoma and enjoyed the region immensely. From what I've been told, it's still not as busy as Napa, so if you're looking for a quieter scene, give Sonoma a try. Seek out the Dry Creek Valley area and try the Zins, which they are known for.

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San Francisco, California

Wine country! If you are in the area and you live wine- make sure you hire a driver and taste as many vineyards as you can. Its an experience and very fun!

Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
Novato, California

Make sure to stop into Sonoma! Go to the Historic Plaza. Interesting history along with great wine tasting, food and the town has an amazing charm about it.

Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

The incredible landscapes will take your breath away again and as you drive through the heart of wine country. Stop at a winery (or two or three...) for an unforgettable experience.

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YAY for free wine tasting!!!

I was drunk after 5 wineries... gotta love alcohol... oh and yeah gotta love sonoma! see you soon!!!