Things to Do
Things to Do
Old Town Hall
Sunshine, wineries, history, natural beauty, friendly people
but really need a limo or designated driver to guide you around
In a nutshell
Just like Napa Valey, just quieter, cleaner, & less crowded.
Sonoma Town Center
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.
The Sonoma Mission sits just a block from the corner of the Town Plaza. It is the last of twenty one missions that begins in San Diego. The mission was built in 1823 and served as a working mission until 1834. When it was constructed the mission contained a church, living quarters, workshops,...
Like many towns, Sonoma was built around a central plaza, or town square. This area has the courthouse, surrounded by a small, pleasant park. Around it are the Mission, the Barracks, numerous hotels, shops, restaurants, a theater, and other places to go.
About a mile west of the Town Plaza lies General Vallejo's home. The native Indians called the area of his home "Chiucuyem (crying mountain) however Vallejo took the name from the latin "Lachryma Montis," (crying tear).
A home was built on the land Vallejo bought in 1851-1852. It was a...
Popular in the Sonoma Area. Viansa was founded by a Samuele Sebastiani descendant Sam Sebastiani in 1989 due to a split in the Sebastiani Family and the new Winery was named Viansa (for Vicky and Sam Sebastiani) and they say, the rest is history.
Viansa features whatelse but Italian varietals of...
Sonoma State Hiatoric Park
General Mariano Guadelupe Vallejo founded the pueblo of Sonoma in 1836 and built his home and the Mexican Army Barracks and Servents Quarters right on the present day square. Across the street from the barracks is the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma founded in 1823 by Padre Jose Altamira. It...
The Toscano Hotel, built in the 1850s, is a quick and interesting historic stop if you're in Sonoma on the right afternoons. Take a tour through the parlor, bar, and hotel in the main building, and the kitchen and dining room in the back building. The docents are friendly and willing to answer your...
Nicholson Ranch Winery
Our final winery visit in the Sonoma Valley was at the Nicholson Ranch Winery, just out of Sonoma town. The winery had a really lovely setting, nestled against a hill and surrounded by vineyards. It did remind me a little of Tuscany, though shame about the nearby noisy, busy road spoiling the view...
The Sebastiani Theatre was originally built in 1933 by Agosto Sebastiani one of the founders of the Sebastiani Winer. Its art deco facade and great illuminated marquee are great to look at and think back of so many older theaters that were built during that time and are no longer with it.
Sonoma Plaza is the heart of Sonoma town. It's a beautiful square surrounded by many shops, cafes and restaurants and with a lovely church in the middle.
Originally surveyed in 1836, the Plaza was contructed according to Vallejo's strict measurements; he wanted a specific size and grid for the...
The Roche Winery Tasting Room provides a friendly and unique environment for enjoying premium wines. On warm sunny days, they offer a picnic area overlooking San Pablo Bay; On cooler days, come inside and feel the warmth from the large field stone fireplace blazing in the corner of the Tasting Room.
Sonoma Public Library
this is the Sonoma Public Library located in the Center of Sonoma Town and A nice place for a photo since the design is a classic colonial architecture. you can surf the net for free for about 15 minutes inside.
Salvador Vallejo Home
The house of Captain Salvador Vallejo, a local Mexican official and soldier, and brother of Mariano Vallejo, still stands facing the west side of the plaza and is one of the major landmarks of downtown Sonoma. It's a large adobe house built in the late 1830s and early 1840s.
1 Review and 353 Opinions This was one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. It is certainly expensive, but worth it for a...
Inn At Sonoma
1 Review and 397 Opinions I stayed at the Inn at Sonoma for two days and really enjoyed my stay there. The location couldn't...
Creekside Cafe: Great Breakfasts
I've been driving past the Creekside Cafe for years but only recently got around to having breakfast there. Now I wish I'd made the effort before. It's a no-frills country cafe where the staff is friendly and the food is excellent. They use local produce and baked goods....
The Fig Cafe and Winebar: Comfort Food with A Twist
This warm and cozy cafe is about 8 miles outside Sonoma, in the tiny town of Glen Ellen. Owned by the popular Plaza restaurant, The Girl and the Fig, The Fig Cafe offers a similar menu: country French cooking and creative variations on familiar dishes. Their bouillabaisse,...
Murphy's Irish Pub: Irish Pub, California Style
Actually, you don't have to wait until night to go to Murphy's; they serve lunch also. It's a nice place to have a plate full of Sliders (mini-hamburgers or veggie burgers) and a pint. Nice selection of beers and ales, and there's often live music in the evening. Murphy's...
Sox de Vine: Cool Socks
Sox de Vine is a relative newcomer to Sonoma but has already gained a loyal following, and deservedly so. Who knew that socks could be so much fun? You'll find all kinds of bright and whimsical "treats for your feet" here: tiny baby socks that look like shoes, children's...
The Wine Exchange of Sonoma: Lots of Beer and Wine
This is a great place to buy beer and wine. It is on of the best places in Sonoma County to buy beer, in particular (unless you can get to the far bigger and better Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa). It also has some beers on tap, including ones not easy to find on tap.
THE CHOCOLATE COW MOOO'S
The call of gelato, ice cream, handmade chocolates brings the herd of people to "The Chocolate Cow". Locals and tourists alike, come to Stephen Ponds parlor to cool down or satisfy a chocolate urge. If the weather is hot, get to the end of the line. Banana Splits are the...
Visit Laid Back Glen Ellen
Less than 15 minutes from town hall in Sonoma lies the charming laid back town of Glen Ellen. Much smaller than Sonoma, Glen Ellen is essentially a village. The town was made famous by the residence of Jack London years ago. The town houses the Jack London State Park which...
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