You say you are looking for a place with gentle weather, top notch food, gorgeous wine, and nature? That’s Sonoma. Me encuentro yendo a Sonoma una y otra vez. This could be because I’m a huge wine aficionado and traveling to Sonoma is much easier (and cheaper) than going to Italy, France, Spain, or Chile. But it is more than just convenience. Sonoma is simply gorgeous. No hay nada como mirar por la ventana en la mañana para ver la salida del sol sobre las montañas de Sonoma. Today, I’ll give you some Sonoma Travel Tips to get you ready for your trip as well as a list of things you will fall in love with in Sonoma:
- The Square
Sugerencias de viajes de Sonoma
Bodegas para visitar en Sonoma
If you are staying in the center of town, you can easily reach Bartholomew, Buena Vista, Ravenswood, and Sebastiani wineries. There’s no need to worry about DUI’s because you can walk (or bike there). The roads that lead to those wineries are flat and tree lined for a lovely experience.You can also rent a limo for about $60 per hour (which is not bad if you have a large group of people, much cheaper than a ticket, and safer than driving drunk) to take you from winery to winery. Click the link f you need a list of all the wineries in the area (Napa included). I suggest you check out the wineries on the list below, algunos hacen fantásticos vinos, mientras que otros son sólo lugares muy divertidos para visitar. Si no estás dispuesto a caminar, you can check the tasting rooms and wine bars all around the city.
- Gloria Ferrer (lovely bubbles)
- Silver Oak
- B.R. Cohn
- La Crema
Where you have wine growing, you usually have nature. Sonoma se encuentra entre las montañas y Mayacamas y las montañas de Sonoma y tiene 13.000 acres de parques.. This means that if you are into camping, hiking, swimming, cycling, o la observación de aves, you are in for a treat. And during those hikes, es probable que encuentre algunos codornices, swan, herons, robin, thrush, deer, and maybe…just maybe, mountain lions.
Right in the center of town is a park known as Sonoma Square. Es el hogar de Ayuntamiento de Sonoma, así como los patos más lindos que he visto. I could easily get lost in Sonoma Square. It is filled with smiling locals on a daily basis. Usted tendrá que ir allí los martes para el mercado del granjero. It is a lovely experience. Obviously, local farmers set up shop and sell their goods. Area restaurants also take the opportunity to fill hungry bellies. There was a Cuban band singing on the day I was there. You will find that locals bring in foldable tables and chairs, plenty of wine and sit back to enjoy the experience. I can see myself living in Sonoma quite easily. Todo alrededor de la plaza, hay restaurantes y tiendas fabulosas para disfrutar. There are museums…you’ll never run out of stuff to do here.
Dónde y qué comer
If you want all my recommendations, check out FriendsEAT (I’ll post the links once I’m done writing), but know that there are no crappy restaurants in Sonoma. As in most wine regions, the produce is too good to make bad food. Besides, when you are competing with The Girl & The Fig, and La Salette (which are both incredibly well priced and serve food that is out of this world), restaurantes malos simplemente no pueden sobrevivir. También hay opciones si usted está en un presupuesto. Keep in mind that you are in California where there is a lot of immigrant labor. This means awesome, super inexpensive Mexican food. Salida El Brinquito para algunos de pollo patada en el culo. O, Si eres como yo, you will rent out an apartment with a kitchen instead of staying in a hotel. Esto significa que puede ir a los mercados de los agricultores y cocinar a tu corazón.
Hay una gran cantidad de mercados de agricultores en el condado de Sonoma. I visited two (and one in Napa). All were spectacular. The Valle del mercado del granjero Luna Certificado at the town square was my favorite. It takes place on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to dusk. It had music, wine, food, and awesome produceYou can legally drink there, so locals set up makeshift dining rooms and enjoy an evening with friends. TheMercado de Sonoma Valley Certificado Farmer is held at the parking lot of Arnold Field on Fridays from 9 am to 12:30 pm. It is not too far from the center of town. This one is a little quieter (no music or partying), but again. The produce is awesome.
I met nothing but nice people in Sonoma. The population seems to be older, and affluent. In most places this means that you are excluded, but not in Sonoma. You can go hang out at a bar, with your bottle of wine, and locals will walk over, chat with you and suddenly, usted tiene recomendaciones para comer y beber.
As I mentioned above, hay música en vivo en el mercado del granjero. If you like music, you can also check out Annex Wine Bar, El Dorado Kitchen, Blue Moon Saloon, or simply weave in and out of the hidden corridors near Sebastiani Theater…it is likely that quite a number of places there will have a live band.
How to get to Sonoma
Planes: First you fly to San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento.
- Shuttle:Desde el Aeropuerto Internacional de San Francisco, you can take the Sonoma Airporter shuttle directly to The Lodge at Sonoma, this will cost you $29 one way. Not bad at all.
- Car: Sonoma es de aproximadamente 35 millas de San Francisco y Oakland. No es un mal viaje. It is actually kind of lovely. And it is nice to have a car when you go to Sonoma so you can travel outside the area. It will take you about an hour and a half to drive from Sacramento Airport to Sonoma.
As you know, No soy un fan de los hoteles. I do long term travel. This means I require a kitchen, some space to work, and a washer dryer. I did add two hotel options, en caso de que no tiene suerte con AirBnb.
- AirbnbAlquilamos un 2 bedroom, 3 bath home on AirBnb with a garage. The hosts gave us some lovely recommendations on food and wine, and the house had everything we could possibly need. It cost $225 per night, a bargain, especially if you are traveling with more than 2 gente.
- Best Western: The rooms are nicely sized, the staff is lovely, and the facilities have a pool. There are also outdoor tables, so that you can enjoy food you purchased outside of the hotel. The hotel is pet friendly (a big plus in my book), and they will give you complimentary breakfast. The hotel is quite close to the town center too, so it is super convenient. This is a fairly priced option at prices usually around $200.
- The Lodge at Sonoma & Raindance Spa: This one is quite a bit pricier, but the grounds are fabulous. The hotel has a pool, hot tubs, restaurant, wine bar, gym, is pet friendly, and a fabulous spa. Book yourself a treatment, and even if you are not staying there, you can get use of the grounds. This one will cost you a bit more, alrededor $400 just for the rooms.
Get yourself to Sonoma and have some fun. Si tiene más preguntas o necesita más consejos de Sonoma viajes, Deja un comentario. Me pondré en contacto con usted en un santiamén.