As the closest wine region to San Francisco, just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma offers distinctive bed and breakfast lodging options for a memorable wine-country getaway.
The name Sonoma is said to mean “Valley of the Moon”. This valley is home to vineyards, farms and more than 13,000 acres of scenic parkland. The Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountain ranges border the valley, isolating it and creating coastal fog that cools vineyards on summer nights to produce white-varietal grapes. Two of the oldest wineries in California – Buena Vista and Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery – are located here.
Downtown Sonoma features Sonoma Plaza: an eight-acre National Historic Landmark (the largest town square of its kind) with abundant shade trees, preserved adobe buildings, galleries, shops and eateries.
Just northeast of Sonoma Plaza is Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma: the last of the 21 mission chain in California. Take a self-guided tour of the Mission and Barracks where local rancher and politician General Vallejo was taken captive during the Bear Flag revolt in 1846 which lasted for 26 days until the US flag was raised and Mexican rule ended (California became the 31st state in 1850).
The Tuesday night Farmers Market draws locals and visitors to the town square for an evening of music, picnicking, wine, and of course the freshest fruits, vegetables, and flowers.