Sonoma ValleyUnited States of America

This region of bounty has fine wines, redwood forests, long beaches, secluded coves, parks that preserve nature and history, and a thriving cultural scene.

Discover the attractions of the three geographic areas that share the name Sonoma. Sonoma, the town, is the southern anchor of Sonoma Valley. Sonoma Valley is where California’s world-renowned wine industry began. Tour some of the more than 40 premium wineries, all just a short distance apart in a scenic 17-mile (27-kilometer) span. Sonoma County, encompassing a million acres (404,685 hectares), has more than 400 wineries within 17 distinct wine-growing regions, 100-plus organic farms and 55 miles (88 kilometers) of stunning Pacific coast. There are also breweries, cider houses and distilleries. Hop on brew tours or grab a Beer, Cider & Spirits map to explore the area on your own.

Get a glimpse into the lives and events that shaped this destination as you tour preserved structures and monuments. In the town of Sonoma there’s Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma State Historic Park and the location of the Bear Flag Revolt, which transferred ownership of California from Mexico to the United States. General Vallejo’s Home and his ranch, now Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, are two of the area's premier heritage places.

Visit the southernmost Russian outpost in North America at Fort Ross Historic State Park. At the Petaluma Historical Museum, learn about the agricultural history of the area, including the fact the town was known as the Egg Basket of the World. Join locals as they celebrate the area’s agricultural roots at the annual Butter and Eggs Days festival.

Sonoma County has more than 50 regional and state parks. Explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, marvel at the Pacific Coast astride a horse, take the Planet Walk at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or discover the famed writer’s last home at Jack London State Park. Paddle along one of three rivers and fly through the treetops on a zip line. Dozens more parks have miles of hiking trails and hundreds of miles of secondary roads great for cycling.

Buckle up for a high-speed adrenalin rush at Sonoma Raceway. The track is home to Simraceway Performance Driving Center, which puts you in the driver’s seat. Tour the track and facilities and catch the raw power of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA drag races, or other events.

A mild, Mediterranean climate means there’s no bad time to visit Sonoma County, which is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of San Francisco. As long as you see the “Sonoma” name, you’ll be in for an authentic California wine country experience.

Top hotels in Sonoma Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center
Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center
3 out of 5
550 2nd Street W, Sonoma, CA
The price is AU$206 per night

Located in the heart of Sonoma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sonoma City Hall and Sonoma Plaza. Sebastiani Theatre and Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau ...

4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Very clean and quiet. Even with the pandemic, everything was kept clean, minimal contact. Good location too."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2020

Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
4 out of 5
100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$673 per night

Situated in Sonoma, this spa resort is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Sonoma Golf Club and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sonoma Plaza. Vallejo Home and Lachryma Montis are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with nice grounds. Room was comfortable and clean. The food was so-so - our breakfast items were fine but the burger was very salty and overpriced for the quality. We’d stay there again but eat elsewhere."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1325 Broadway, at Leveroni & Napa Roads, Sonoma, CA
The price is AU$531 per night

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sonoma TrainTown Railroad and Sonoma Plaza. Sonoma City Hall and Sebastiani Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (263 reviews)

"Great property in a great location. Staff is always great and the pool is beautiful!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Plaza
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Sonoma Plaza

4/5(4 reviews)

Attend the markets and explore the fascinating sites decorating the flanks of this large plaza for a glimpse into Sonoma’s intricate past.

Ledson Winery and Vineyards
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Ledson Winery and Vineyards

Marvel at the spiraling staircases, coffered ceilings and landscaped gardens and taste the great variety of wines at the Castle.

Top activities in Sonoma Valley

Private 9 Hour Zip Line & Wine Tour From San Francisco
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Private 9 Hour Zip Line & Wine Tour From San Francisco

AU$209
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco & Custom Half Case
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Private Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco & Custom Half Case

AU$228
Per adult
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

AU$58
Per adult
Wine Country Horseback Adventure
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Wine Country Horseback Adventure

AU$171
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Napa/Sonoma
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Napa/Sonoma

AU$367
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
6 Hour Napa or Sonoma Wine Tour in Private Limousine
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6 Hour Napa or Sonoma Wine Tour in Private Limousine

AU$1,166
Per adult