To experience all that Sonoma County has to offer without hassle, fly into the Sonoma County Airport (and when you leave, check a case of wine for free with Alaska Airlines). Then head to your hotel – it’s hard to go wrong with lodging in Sonoma, but some sure-fire wins include the boutique h2hotel in Healdsburg and tranquil Sea Ranch Lodge . There are over 400 diverse wineries in Sonoma County, each brimming with Sonoma County’s signature friendly, down-to-earth approach to good wine. Some of the best include J Vineyards in Healdsburg, Ledson Winery in Kenwood, Arrowood Winery in Glen Ellen, and Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates in Santa Rosa.
There is, of course, much more to do in Sonoma’s Simraceway Performance Driving Center , strolling The Barlow in Sebastopol to discover handmade crafts, relaxing at the Spa at Kenwood Inn and Spa , and getting spooked at the Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega—where Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was filmed. For nature fans, try zipping through 2,000 year-old redwood trees at Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental or working up an appetite hiking in stunning Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Guerneville. Once you’re good and hungry, check out some of Sonoma’s best restaurants, including River’s End in Jenner, Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton, Restaurant at Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, and Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria in Geyserville. For something out of the ordinary, head to the Guerneville Bank Club for some ice cream, pie, and local art.