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Our activities are the best way to organise your getaway. You'll want an expert itinerary to best get the feel for Sonoma Valley, especially when you long to pack in trips to museums and outdoor activities. And we know you're itching to explore every avenue遥ou are ready to get out and have an adventure. You're eager to sign up for the most essential activities around, and an exploration of historic city neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Book guided tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.
While slightly lesser-known than the nearby Napa Valley AVA, nevertheless Sonoma Valley is considered to be where Californian wine production first began. There are dozens of renowned vineyards to discover here, nourished by volcanic soil, Pacific breezes and of course plenty of golden sunlight. The Sonoma coast is easily reached from the many towns and cities within the valley, and there’s also the Russian River flowing through which offers kayaking, canoeing and a refreshing swim on hot days. While wine-tasting is of course the principal occupation hereabouts, Sonoma Valley also has a reputation for its hot springs, and being so close to San Francisco making it an excellent base to explore the city across the bay.
Glen Ellen - At the northern end of the valley, this small community has its fair share of vineyards and wineries, and also a rich literary history - both Jack London and hell-raising gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson lived in the area.
Sonoma - There are a number of historic buildings around the town plaza in Sonoma, including the Bear Flag monument, a tribute to the rebel soldiers who first declared California a part of the United States, and the old Mission.
The Springs - Comprising Boyes Hot Springs and Fetters Hot Springs, this area was well-known as a spa resort, popularised by San Francisco daytrippers attracted by the reputed health-giving properties of the waters.
Santa Rosa - The largest city in the area, besides its vineyards, Santa Rosa‘s many attractions include the Charles M. Schulz Museum - the Peanuts creator lived here for much of his life. The Annadel State Park borders Santa Rosa, allowing easy access into the wilderness for hikers.
A walk around the attractive landmark that is Sonoma Town Plaza gives a fine introduction to the history of California. Perhaps follow that with a wine-tasting tour combined with a visit to Alcatraz Island, where you can learn the story behind this notorious prison and the inmates who were housed within its walls. There are breathtaking views to be had on a guided hike through Sonoma Valley, with a scenic picnic stop as well. Bask in the sunlight as you take in the incredible scenery.
There are many ways of exploring the vineyards of Sonoma County - try joining a guided bicycle tour of prestigious vineyards and wineries for instance, or a tour that takes you into the beautiful Muir Woods. It’s not all about the wine either, with guided farm visits, and tours available of local breweries and distilleries guaranteed to quench any thirst. For the adventurous at heart, why not tackle some Class III white-water, with an exciting rafting trip down the American River that also, unsurprisingly perhaps, features a stop at either a vineyard or brewery.