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Sonoma County

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Sonoma County[8], located in California's North Coast in the San Francisco Bay Area, is about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. As such, it suffers from what could be dubbed the "Middle Child Syndrome:" Its main cities of Petaluma and Santa Rosa are small and provincial when compared to San Francisco; yet the area is not the untamed wilderness of California's North Coast. Sonoma County is not as well-known or touristy as the neighboring Napa Valley, which takes most of the credit for driving California's wine industry, nor as cosmopolitan as nearby San Francisco.

It would be a mistake, however, to pass up an opportunity to visit Sonoma. The area has the same post-60s flavor of Marin County, and the same sophisticated oenophilia as Napa to the East. Its coastal region is beautiful and rugged, and the agricultural pastureland is some of the most quintessentially beautiful to be found in California. As the crowds of tourists clog the roads of Napa Valley, Sonoma's appeal grows.


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Sonoma County is commonly accessed from the south via San Francisco and Highway 101 (the county line is 30 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge), from the east via Napa Valley (Highways 37, 121 and smaller roads that cross the Mayacamas mountains which separates the two counties), from the north via Highway 101 from Ukiah and Highway 1 / Pacific Coast Highway from Gualala in Mendocino County. From the west one must take a boat, as the Pacific Ocean forms the western boundary of Sonoma County.

Public transit options from San Francisco include the Golden Gate Transit, which runs regular scheduled service from San Francisco. Service is most frequent during commuting hours. There is also a private bus company, Sonoma County Airport Express, with regular departures from San Francisco and Oakland airports and with hourly departures during busy periods. These buses make stops in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County airport.

From the north there are some transit options with the Mendocino Transit Authority.

Greyhound Bus Lines stops in Santa Rosa on trips heading north or south.

By air, Sonoma County Airport (Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport) STS offers regular, daily flights from Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle on Alaska Airlines.

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  • Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road , Petaluma CA, 707-762-4871, [1]. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park was the main residence of Rancho Petaluma, the agricultural empire that General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo one of the most powerful men in the Mexican Province of California from 1834 to 1846.  edit
  • The Sonoma Valley Chorale, Perform at Veterans Memorial Building, 126 1st St. , Sonoma CA, 707-935-1576, [2]. The Sonoma Valley Chorale is a 110-voice community chorus offering three annual concerts. Music for its programs includes classical, folk, pop, gospel, Broadway show tunes and more.  edit
  • 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West 6th Street , Santa Rosa CA, 707-523-4185, [3]. This newly renovated live theatre located inside a 100 year old brick warehouse in Historic Railroad Square, is home to the two longest running theatre companies in Sonoma County--Actors Theare and Santa Rosa Players.  edit
  • Fort Ross, one of the last remaining Russian colonial architecture in America.

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  • Up & Away Ballooning, Windsor CA, 707-836-0171, [4]. You will experience a professional, yet fun and adventurous ballooning excursion that cannot be matched.  edit
  • West County Museum, 261 S. Main St. , Sebastopol CA, 707-829-6711, [5]. The West County Museum opened in this building in 1993 with an exhibit on the Railroad. The Depot was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1996.  edit
  • Retreat Resort & Spa, 14711 Armstrong Woods Rd , Guerneville CA, 707-869-2706, [6].  edit
  • Active Wine Adventures, (70) 927-1058, [7]. 8-5. This tour service offers private tours in Sonoma Valley. They offer Hike & Wine, Art & Wine and Literary Legends Tours. These excursions pair wine tastings and lunch with scenic guided hikes in wilderness parks, visits to outstanding art collections, and journeys of literary and historic discovery. $125.  edit

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Sonoma County has some of the best restaurants in Northern California, catering to all budgets. You can easily find restaurants ranging from budget to upscale, with cuisines running the gamut from Vietnamese to Italian to Turkish to Oaxacan. It is a food-lover's paradise.

Farmer's markets abound in the summer and are not to be missed.

Likewise, small, artisan food producers are featured along Sonoma Counties "Farm Trails." Be sure to try the local olive oil, honey, bread, and outstanding cheeses.

For a very local experience that is light on the pocketbook, try any local Taqueria. The Mexican seafood in area is particularly delicious.

For upscale cuisine, head to downtown Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, or Sonoma. There are dozens of picks, many of which are award-winning.

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The drinking age is 21.

Sonoma's 425-plus wineries are one main attraction. Main wine varieties produced include zinfandel, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc (also called "fume blanc"), cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah.

3 world class Brewpubs, Third Street AleWorks & Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, Bear Republic in Healsdburg and Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol.

More than 40 craft breweries, cider houses and artisan distilleries.

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