Sonoma Town Center, Sonoma
The Town Plaza is by far my favorite part of Sonoma. The plaza comprises an astounding eight acres downtown making it the largest town square in California. The plaza contains City Hall, the old Public Library (Tourist Information Center), nicely sculptured gardens, a children's play area and a whole host of other activities depending on the day of the week or time of the year. The plaza also hosts farmers markets between April and October, car shows, citywide barbeques, and a whole host of other activities.
The Town Plaza an its accompanying street grid were designed by General Mariano Guadelupe Vallejo in 1836. He envisioned the square to function as a town pueblo similar to what he was familiar with in his native Mexico. The result of his and other labors are truly grand making the plaza a must see place to walk, shop and enjoy.
Take sometime to visit the center of Sonoma and explore some of the side streets. There are wall paintings, shops and great restaurants. Beautiful, quiet park to enjoy and some interesting characters if you are into people watching.
middle of everthing and lots of historical significance for california state! here is where the California Rebellion Started and here is where the foundation of Napa and Sonoma as a Wine Capital also started plus it was almost the state capital of California and presently known for its Sonoma Valley Film Festival.
We arrived in the town of Sonoma just before the dinner hour after a day of cruising through both the Napa and Sonoma areas. From another VT member we had an idea of a couple of different restaurants to have dinner at, but before we went to dinner we walked around the square and by the City Hall and a few of the side streets.
The city square was a hub of activity that evening as they had some type of festival going on including a number of different vendors selling everything including fresh fruits, honey, jewelry, etc. They also had a small band playing. It was just prior to the California governor election so the forces from Peg Whitman and Jerry Brown were also out in force. Finally since it was the week before Easter they had a number of kids dressed up in costumes going on a Halloween Walk.
A very active evening indeed.