Two Days in Central Sonoma County: Your Guide

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  • on NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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When we talk about Central Sonoma, we’re highlighting the cities of Sebastopol, Graton, Guerneville, and of course Santa Rosa. Each of these cities offers visitors a unique experience, so we’ve taken the guesswork out of play and highlighted some of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and play for your perfect weekend escape.

Where to Stay

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Vintners Inn 4350 Barnes Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (800) 421-2584 TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 433 reviews Check availability With its fountained courtyard, picture-perfect vineyards, full service spa, and sun drenched balconies, Vintners Inn is the perfect base for a relaxing weekend away. Paired with toothsome dining on site at the adjoining John Ash & Co., it’s an all-in-one breathtaker. Insider tip: The grapes are the star of Vintners’ production, but don’t leave without sampling their garden-grown figs. hotel-la-rose-750
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Hotel La Rose 308 Wilson St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (800) 678-8946 TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 349 reviews Check Availability This charming, century-old brick building is brimming with warmly decorated rooms and historic character. Located in Santa Rosa’s beautiful Railroad Square, there’s plenty to see and do (not to mention eat and drink) just outside your door. Insider tip: Skip the continental breakfast and stroll across the square to Flying Goat Coffee for your morning cup.

Where to Eat

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Himalayan Cafe & Grill 1880 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 791-7978 Reservations: Recommended for dinner Don’t be fooled by its location in a strip mall, Himalayan Cafe & Grill stacks up with the best restaurants in Sonoma County for the quality of their cuisine and the warmth of their service. A native of Nepal, chef and owner Rabin Dhoj Lama brings 21 years of experience preparing authentic Nepali/Indian cuisine. Specializing in tandoories, curries, and seasoned soups, Himalayan Cafe & Grill is a favorite spot for locals and arguably some of the best ethnic food in the region. Insider tip: All items are gluten free.

Wineries to Visit

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Matanzas Creek Winery 6097 Bennett Valley Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 528-6464 TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 128 reviews Reservations: Not required Open daily, Matanzas Creek is a lovely curiosity. With its lavender fields, olive groves, and bocce court, it’s anything but typical. Plus the wine is stunning. Expect a fair number of visitors and sunny exposure. Insider tip: Pack a picnic. There are plenty of spots to post up and soak in the views.

What to Do

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Cellars of Sonoma 133 4th Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 578-1826 TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 13 reviews Centrally located in downtown Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square, Cellars of Sonoma is an urban tasting room featuring boutique small lot wines from Sonoma/Napa Valley with limited distribution. During the day, owner Scott Jordan host visitors in a traditional tasting room setting. But when the sun sets, Cellars of Sonoma transforms into an intimate wine bar lounge with live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Insider tip: Tasting fees are reimbursed if you purchase a bottle. annadel-state-park-750
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Annadel State Park 6201 Channel Dr. Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (707) 539-3911 TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 92 reviews With miles upon miles of trails and views upon views of glorious vistas, Annadel State Park has plenty to offer hikers of any skill level. Expect to do a little climbing at the trailhead, and expect direct sunlight during portions of your stroll. Insider tip: Beyond hiking, this park is a perfect playground for mountain bikers. Central Sonoma is about finding the experience that fits you. No airs. No pretense. Whatever path you choose for your visit, you’re sure to win. We’ll see you there.