Shopping, Dining, Wine—Sonoma’s Historic Plaza Has It All!

img008The charm of the Sonoma, California, Historic Plaza isn’t just its movie-set appearance, but also its homegrown melding of unique shops and galleries, cozy cafes, and hilltop vistas.

Designated a National Historic Landmark, Sonoma Plaza dates back to California’s early history and has an old-world, Spanish mission appearance. Park the car, and enjoy a walk along its adobe-lined streets as you poke into shops and stop for a bite to eat. Stroll through the alleys and courtyards and take in all the village has to offer, which is plenty. The Historic Plaza has more than 100 shops and 25-plus wine-tasting rooms, art galleries, and more than 30 places to dine. The list is too long to name them all, but here are a few our guests always enjoy.

Artifax, a women’s clothing and accessories store, is all about wearable art, combining original styling with usual dying and weaving techniques for one-of-a-kind pieces.

At Eminent Design, you’ll find a collection of work by local and international artisans and artists that includes glass, pottery, and jewelry.

For books, vintage items, chocolates, and more gift-ables, head to J. James Sonoma. It’s an emporium that offers a delightful array of merchandise.

The fun of wine tasting on the Plaza is the quaint tasting room settings. The Adobe at Three Sticks Wines boasts the oldest, continuously occupied residence in California, built in 1842. To try: the rich and balanced chardonnays, and the intriguing rustic red Castañada.

Walk Wines offers a cozy tasting room and distinctive glasses of pinot noir and chardonnay.

Get a taste of bubbly at SIGH, which is known for its excellent variety of champagnes and sparkling wines, ranging from budget-friendly to all-out elegant.

Whether you’re in the mood for a casual and quick lunch or a relaxing meal with global flavors, you’ll find it here. One favorite of critics and locals is Girl and the Fig. The wonderful country dishes have a definite French bent and highlight seasonal ingredients.

Portuguese cuisine is getting a lot of attention and places like La Salette Restaurant are why. The dishes here are a delicious melding of old-world flavors with California ingredients.

A favorite local hangout, Sunflower Caffe, provides comfort food with tasty sandwiches, soups, and salads in a setting that is equally homey.

For more of our top picks to enjoy on your next visit, check in with your hosts at any of our Wine Country Inns and we’ll be happy to help. Don’t yet have a reservation? Give us a call!

Photos courtesy of Hidden Oak Inn.

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