A City with Small-Town Charm
Located just an hour northeast of San Francisco, the city of Sonoma makes a great jumping off point for exploring Sonoma County. Founded in the 19th century, this Southern Sonoma County city’s colonial past is on display in the town’s picturesque city center, where historic buildings coexist with modern establishments. Today, the vibe in this wine country community is relaxed and friendly.
Sonoma’s old-fashioned charm is on display in the town center, where the Sonoma Mission and 19th century adobes sit on the plaza. Sonoma Plaza, the largest in California, is both a National Historic Monument and the lively hub of everyday Sonoma life. The center of the plaza is home to the city hall and a town park and the surrounding blocks are lined with dozens of world-class eateries, shops, and tasting rooms.
Sonoma’s plaza is an essential stop during any visit. Many of the restaurants in Sonoma are concentrated in this area, as well as ample shopping and wine tasting opportunities. Just a few steps off of the plaza, WALT Wines pours amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For a full day of wine tasting, consider hitting the road with Sonoma Valley Bike Tours. Bike along Sonoma’s scenic roads, stopping along the way to wine taste. Or plan to hop on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, a vintage San Francisco Cable car that travels through Sonoma County, stopping at boutique wineries. For the adventurer, a day at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center, where you can enroll in Formula 3 race car driving school, is sure to thrill.
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