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Sonoma County

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Sonoma County[12] is a region located in California's North Coast in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. The county produces more than 60 varieties of wine grapes and is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 425 wineries. There are more than 50 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay, over 50 regional parks, and a lot of campgrounds and rv options.


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By Car[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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
  • Fort Ross, one of the last remaining Russian colonial architecture in America.
  • Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, [2]. View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world, original Schulz comic strips, and a recreation of his art studio.  edit
  • Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, [3]. This is the oldest and largest farmers market in Sonoma County, you can find fresh produce from local farmers, fresh goat and cow cheese, locally caught fish, flowers, and local artisans.  edit

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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
  • Active Wine Adventures, (70) 927-1058, [5]. 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.

  • Bird & The Bottle, 1055 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa CA, 95404, [6]. Matzoh ball soup, prepared ramen style. Cheesy grits topped in pickled shiitakes, grilled chicken, cured egg, and spicy schmaltz. Signature cocktails, wines, craft beers.  edit
  • SingleThread, 131 North St. Healdsburg CA, 95448, [7]. Michelin-star restaurant, garden to table food from their own farm. 11-course tasting menu customizable to dietary preferences and restrictions.  edit

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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.

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville CA, 95441, [8]. Self guided vineyard tours, wine tastings and food pairings, and movie memorabilia from Coppola.  edit
  • Russian River Brewing Company, 700 Mitchell Lane, Windsor CA, 95492, [9]. Family owned microbrewery with outdoor dining and beer tasting. Home of the Pliny the Younger beer.  edit
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma CA, 94954, [10]. Guided brewery tour available.  edit
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA, (707) 431-1533, [11]. Family owned and operated with al fresco wine tasting and pairings  edit

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