(Image from Scribe Winery)
*note: this guide will continue to evolve!
Why I love it here.
To me, Sonoma is the best address in wine country. Maybe because it’s a quick (and beautiful) drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the ravishing vineyards, or the ease you feel (even before wine tasting!) upon arrival. It’s picturesque, lush and verdant, and the wine – oh, how I love me some wine. It’s a romantic getaway or a great place to pack a big picnic with a group of friends and schedule a few tastings.
Where to stay.
We recently stayed at El Dorado Hotel, right on Sonoma Square, and had the best time. It was so easy to explore the area being just steps away from everything we needed for the weekend. If it’s a special occasion or you’re saving your pennies to go all out, The Carneros Inn is our favorite. It’s technically right on the cusp of Sonoma/Napa.
First things first.
Plan ahead. I’m a big advocate of creating a skeleton agenda (mapping out a few restaurants I want to try, cafés to pick up coffee, tasting rooms to explore), while leave the in-between moments to relax and just go with the flow. I always like to arrive early for lunch, check into my hotel, and then taste wine somewhere nearby before dinner reservations.
What to pack.
For summertime, think light and breezy dresses and rompers, simple sandals, a straw hat, personally I love an effortless pair of shorts. Less is more in wine country. Laid back, relaxing, but feminine and chic will be just perfect. For colder months, I usually wear booties, skinny jeans, a warm sweater and a scarf and/or a felt hat. It gets super crisp in the winter!
Where to explore.
I love Sonoma Square. Just like it sounds, it’s a big park that’s right in the middle of an array of tasting rooms, restaurants, cafés, and shops surrounding each block.
Where to eat/drink.
On that note, here are a few places I recommend on Sonoma Square: El Dorado Kitchen (lunch or dinner – I love their Gin Gypsey cocktail and the french fries are to die for), Pangloss Cellars (Instagramable and delicious spot for wine tasting… we’re thinking about joining this wine club),Sweet Scoops for ice cream, Sunflower Café (sit in the back garden area) for breakfast, Tasca Tasca for lunch or dinner (amazing tapas and the cutest decor) and Sonoma Cheese Factory – to pick up wine and cheese for a picnic at the park. // Other notable mentions in the area: Boon Fly Cafe and FARM.
Quintessential day/night here entails…
Ideally… sleeping in, morning brunch, afternoon wine tasting, and ending the day with a delicious meal alfresco.
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