The charming small town of Sonoma is located in the heart of Northern California's wine country. Originally established as a mission town in the early 19th century, Sonoma's town square retains a bit of Old World Spanish charm. Today, there are many small boutiques, ice cream parlors, restaurants, and antique shops surrounding the grassy central plaza. Many of California's famous wineries are located in the region around Sonoma, and most are open to the public for tours and wine tastings. If you are interested in California varietals, pick up a map, plot your course, and spend a day visiting some of the beautiful wine growers in the valley. For cycling enthusiasts, Sonoma's picturesque roadways are a wonderful place for a ride, while mountain bikers and hikers will enjoy the scenery in the numerous state parks near the city.
The California wine country is also known for its wonderful restaurants and the town of Sonoma is no exception. In true California style, the town is filled with gourmet restaurants with a decidedly casual atmosphere. To pick up some of the region's products for yourself, check out the weekly farmer's market in the town square.
When visiting Sonoma, don't miss:
-Mission San Francisco de Solano: Also known as Mission Sonoma, this old mission was founded under Mexican rule of California in 1823.
-Sonoma City Opera: Add a bit of sophistication to your Sonoma vacation with an opera performance.
-Sonoma County Repertory Theater: The works of William Shakespeare are among the most popular acts at this community theater.
-Jack London Historic State Park: Once owned by Jack London, this state wildlife preserve offers hiking trails overlooking the vineyards, as well as the grave site of the author.
-Russian River Valley: Not only is the Russian River a top wine growing region, it is also a great place for a family canoeing adventure, hiking, and fishing.
-Bouverie Preserve: A branch of the local Audubon Canyon Ranch, this nature preserve is a great place to take guided tours of local flora and fauna.
A vacation rental is a wonderful way to experience the magic of Sonoma, California. For access to great shopping and dining, look for a rental home near the town square. Romantic vacationers can seek out a luxury villa along one of Sonoma's picturesque streets or a cozy condo near the vineyards.
This property couldn't have been more charming. It has all the modern conveniences but the owners retained all the character of an era gone by. Lovely front porch to sit on and backyard patio with a grill - if you can pass up the opportunity to dine at one of the fine restaurants that are just steps away. The owners left a wine tasting passbook that included many of the wineries we had on our list and saved us a lot of $$. Roche Winery has a tasting room conveniently located across the street. The property was very clean and well stocked with supplies. We are hoping to come back in the near future.
What a pleasant surprise! We booked this Farmhouse for the convenience to our friend's place and the proximity to town, so I didn't do my typical research and study reviews before our stay. We were all extremely pleased with our quaint, comfortable accommodations. Bob, the owner, pays attention to the finest details...down to the fresh cut flowers throughout the house. We will definitely be back here to stay in the future.
Book early...dates seem to fill up quickly.
"Bungalow Sonoma is the perfect place to enjoy being with your grown children in warm, comfortable se"
Left on 06/09/2015 for a stay in May 2015
Thank you so much for thinking of every detail and providing such a great home away from home. We loved the porch, living room, dining room and kitchen--plenty of room for 5 adults to relax and enjoy. The location so close to the Plaza is perfect! Having a washer and dryer was an added bonus! My only complaint was that we had to leave! I would love to go back for lots of visits. Thanks, again.
This house was a great place to stay while visiting Sonoma/Napa. We rented with another couple and having our own bedrooms with own private baths was a plus! It was the perfect setup for having coffee and relaxing at the end of a very busy day. Within walking distance to anything in town. What a great find! You will not be disappointed. It was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Would for sure stay here again!
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