How to Have a Romantic Getaway in Sonoma County

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If you’re looking for a romantic retreat with breathtaking scenery, cozy accommodations, and delicious food and wine, look no farther than Sonoma County. An hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is home to more than 400 wineries and offers couples plenty fun ways to see and experience wine country. Couples can choose between adventures like zip-lining through redwoods, or opt for luxurious relaxation at a 5-star resort.

Here are out top picks on where to stay and what to do for a romantic getaway in Sonoma County:

Where to Stay

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Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
7871 River Rd. Forestville,
CA 95436 (707) 887-3300
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 587 reviews
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Located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, this romantic and cozy boutique inn is near hundreds of Sonoma County wineries and 30 minutes from Napa. Rooms are outfitted with fireplaces and private patios, along with jetted tubs, saunas, or steam showers. Little personal touches like the complimentary farm-to-table breakfast, feather beds, and fresh flowers in each suite, and the cookies and milk before bedtime, make this inn the perfect romantic retreat for couples. The onsite Michelin-starred Farmhouse Restaurant, with a master sommelier and a world-class wine program, allows you to get your wine adventure started at the inn.

Insider tip: After a day of exploring Sonoma County’s wineries, unwind with the spa’s Playful Passion couple’s treatment, an exfoliating scrub, steam session, side-by-side massages, and romantic bubble bath.

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
100 Boyes Blvd. Sonoma,
CA 95476 (707) 938-9000
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 647 reviews
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Just a short drive from downtown Sonoma, this Spanish Mission–style inn was built on an ancient thermal mineral spring, known by Native Americans for its healing powers. The hot waters are now part of the luxury resort’s Willow Stream Spa—swimming pool, hot tub, and sprawling facility with relaxing treatments. Active and adventurous couples can play a round of golf at the 18-hole championship Sonoma Golf Course or hit balls on the tennis courts.

Yoga classes, bike tours of Sonoma Valley, and complimentary guided hikes are the perfect way for couples to experience the hotel’s fitness program. After a day of activities, relax in the hotel’s beautifully decorated Provence-style suites that are equipped with cozy fireplaces, flatscreen televisions, and mini-bars. You don’t have to travel far for a good meal: the hotel’s signature restaurant Santé is a Michelin-star winner.

Insider tip: Meet in the lobby from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a daily afternoon wine tasting.

Where to Eat

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Savor Healdsburg Food Tours
Healdsburg Town Square
(866) 736-6343 Healdsburg, CA
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 122 reviews
Reservations: Required

Arrive hungry for this three-hour culinary adventure, where you will eat and drink your way through Healdsburg. Much like a progressive dinner, you and your partner will sample food at six of the area’s best eateries, from Spanish tapas to an authentic Japanese-style teahouse, for $89.

Insider tip: If visiting around the holidays, inquire about their decadent dessert tour, where you enjoy seasonal sweets and wine and chocolate pairings.

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Depot Hotel Restaurant’s Scuola Rustica Cooking School
241 1st St. W. Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-2980
Reservations: Required

Take a three-hour cooking class with the talented Chef Michael Ghilarducci, where you will learn the techniques to prepare French, Spanish, or Italian cuisine. Chef Ghilarducci teaches both demonstration and hands-on culinary workshops, so you can come ready to roll up your sleeves or sick back, relax, and savor fine fare. Four- or five-course meals are served with vintage wine pairings.

Insider tip: Inquire about specialty seasonal cooking classes. For instance, Chef Ghilarducci leads grilling workshops in the summer.

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The Breakaway Cafe Maxwell Village Shopping Center
19101 Sonoma Highway Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-5949
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 122 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this casual eatery has a charming rustic vibe with wood beams and plush red booths. Don’t let the laid-back vibe fool you though, as The Breakaway Cafe serves serious food. Dinner ranges from fine-dining plates like scallop carpaccio and duck leg confit to comforting dishes like meatloaf and jambalaya.

Insider tip: Fish Taco Friday includes two tortillas stuffed with the fresh catch and delicious fresh lime margaritas.

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Swiss Hotel Bar and Restaurant
18 W. Spain St. Sonoma,
CA 95476 (707) 938-2884
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 164 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Built in the late 1830s, this building has a rich history as a home, stagecoach shop, and hotel. Today, this inn, restaurant, and bar is a favorite hangout for locals. Unchanged since 1909, the interior has relics from its past—such as a photographic history of Sonoma in the bar. The fine dining restaurant serves pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and hearty entrees such as Bourbon-glazed pork loin and Angus New York.

Insider tip: For a romantic evening, request a table on the garden patio.

What to Do

Guided Biking Tours

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Wine Country Bikes
61 Front St Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-0610
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 118 reviews

What better way to see the rolling hills of Sonoma and sample its bounty than by bike? Guided wine tours take you to a handful of select Sonoma wineries, giving you a mix of history and viniculture. At Wine Country Bikes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you will pedal 25 miles along beautiful country roads, stopping for a gourmet picnic midday.

Insider tip: If you and your partner are more adventurous and wanting alone time, take a self-guided trip through the Russian River Valley, trekking through the redwoods and along beautiful vineyards.

Redwood Canopy Tour

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Sonoma Canopy Tours
6250 Bohemian Hwy Occidental, CA 95465
(888) 494-7868
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 423 reviews

Get a bird’s-eye view of Sonoma’s lush forests by exploring the ancient redwood canopy through Sonoma Canopy Tours. On your tree-top adventure you will rappel, zip line, and walk across sky bridges. Before or after your high-flying tour, stop by the Redwood Walk to learn more about the history of Sequoias.

Insider tip: Book a “night flight” for an after-sunset rendezvous in the trees.


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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-2015
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 729 reviews

If hiking is more your speed, pack a picnic and take a stroll through the lush, cool Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, an hour north of downtown Sonoma. The 805-acre reserve is home to old-growth redwoods, the oldest being 1,400 years old.

Insider tip: Points of interest include the Colonel Armstrong Tree, the Parson Jones Tree, the Burbank Circle, and the Icicle Tree.


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Doran Beach
201 Doran Beach Rd Bodega Bay, CA 94923
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 106 reviews

Drive an hour west for a day-trip to the beach, Doran Beach at Bodega Bay. Walk hand-in-hand along Doran Park’s two-mile stretch of sandy beach. Bring a picnic, surf, launch a kayak, or fish.

Insider tip: The park has 1.28 miles of trails that meander through sand dunes and onto the boardwalk, so be sure to bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing. Don’t let Sonoma County’s small town charm fool you—it offers a variety of activities so you and your partner won’t be leaving bored. Start planning a romantic getaway today!


WineCountry Staff


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