What to Pack for a Trip to Sonoma County

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  • by JEN SCHMITZ
  • on DECEMBER 21, 2018
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The weather forecast is looking pretty sunny whenever you have a trip planned to Sonoma County, CA. The rustic – yet refined – Northern California county dedicated to all things wine, food, and adventure starts at the San Francisco Bay and journeys northward towards Mendocino County, and it is bookmarked by the rugged Pacific coastline and an eastern range of rolling mountains. Vineyard views and majestic redwoods are also mixed in for an eye-catching, wine making location begging for a visit yearound.

Just as diverse as its surroundings, the weather and seasonal activities are also dynamic, but it doesn’t need to be a guessing game on what to pack and bring along in your suitcase. We’ve rounded up a Sonoma County packing list of essentials and events, so you’ll “always be prepared” for what fun awaits regardless of the season.

Courtesy of Facebook: Sonoma County, CA

WINTER

While December through March may be the rainiest months of the year, with morning mist especially closer to the coast, don’t let a little sprinkle or fog deter you from grabbing your luggage and heading to Sonoma in winter weather. Temps range between 40°- 60°F, so layers are top priority. Come to California during this season for great zinfandels and the wild mustard’s golden glow.

Soft and sleek, toss on for late nights by the firepit or wandering about town.
Cashmere Scarf
Uniqlo, $49.90

A little rain won’t hold you back when you have toasty toes in this pair.
Hunter Original Play Waterproof Rain Bootie
Nordstrom, $95

Extra layers mean more needed space in your bag, and there is a little extra for bottles of wine.
The Bigger Carry-On
AWAY, $245

Picture-perfect moments will be found from stunning sea to mountaintop.
Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera
Amazon, $229

Mark Your Calendar
January 19-20, 2019: Winter WINEland
February 2, 2019: Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest
March 1-10, 2019: Sonoma County Restaurant Week

SPRING

Buds are breaking in Sonoma in spring, and that means the next vintage is much closer to enjoy. In the meantime, the county’s green trees, hills, and vines should be a welcoming sight along with warmer weather from the 40s to mid-70s. Your bag should still have layers, but spring’s blooms mean a lot more time spent under bright skies and far less rain.

Carry what’s important – you may need a pair.
2-Bottle Wine Tote in Burgundy & Grey
WineCountry Shop, $54.95

Classically cool, wear for perfect vacation vibes in Sonoma.
Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses
Ray-Ban, $153

Spring’s sun is welcomed but protect your head as you enjoy sips outdoors.
Hampton Fedora
Brixton, $58

Puns included, we suggest filling this sleek bottle with H2O to stay hydrated between wine tasting stops.
Wine Not? Water Bottle
Swell, $50

Mark Your Calendar
April 27-28, 2019: Passport to Dry Creek Valley
May 4-5, 2019: Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival
May 18, 2019: Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival

SUMMER

The weather forecast is looking steamy, but in Sonoma, hot weather is dry and easy to manage, especially if you’re spending some time on the beautiful Pacific Coast where it stays a bit cooler. While you may find a morning marine layer of fog, days are typically filled with plenty of sunshine and can vary from 50° to 85°. Summer’s fairs and fests are a great way to experience the greater depth of Sonoma and tastings are best enjoyed on patios overlooking the vineyards.

Grab this basket so you’re always prepared for good wine and snacking between the vines.
Cape Cod Wicker Picnic Basket
WineCountry Shop, $164.95

Protect yourself from the sun’s rays when you’re California dreaming by packing this essential.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Sephora, $32

Poolside moments and beach visits should be on your summertime agenda.
The Gigi Towel
Eau Club, $45

Hold everything safe and sound, from your cell phone to extra bottles.
Kanken Backpack
Fjallraven, $80

Mark Your Calendar
June 6, 2019: Beerfest the Good One
July 6, 2019: 12th All-American Zin Day
August 11-12, 2019: Gravenstein Apple Fair

FALL

As the rest of the country begins to chill, fall in Sonoma is still warm. Harvest is in full swing and celebrations in the region are typically dedicated to the annual event. Get a little messy by testing your chops at a traditional grape stomp and learn more about the process of winemaking all while enjoying temps from 50° to 80°F.

Charge up for plenty of Instagram-worthy moments and texting with friends to brag about your getaway to Sonoma County.
Mophie Powerstation External Battery
Best Buy, $39.99

The good goods need to be packed safely to return home.
JetBags Resealable Padded Wine Bags
Bed Bath & Beyond, $11.99

Brush up on your wine knowledge essentials before you join in on harvest activities.
The Wine Bible
Amazon, $16.96

Say no to pinot teeth (and any reds for that matter) with an easily packable, gentle toothbrush in your bag.
Toothbrush
Quip, Starting at $25

Lightweight, waterproof, and perfect for sliding onto your feet after stomping grapes.
Waterproof Sandals
Birkenstock, $29.95

Mark Your Calendar
September 19-20, 2019: Sonoma County Wine Auction
October 4-6, 2019: Sonoma Vita
November 2-3, 2019: 21st Annual Food & Wine Affair

Whether your vacation plans have you sipping wine under the hot California sun during summer or cozying up next to a fire when the temperatures drop, expect a lot of fun in the forecast with our packing list must-haves.


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Author

Jen Schmitz

Jen Schmitz has been writing and producing creative content since 2014. She has written for VSCO, Lonny, and contributed to countless other outlets in and out of wine country. She is a lover of all things art, culture, and wine, and prefers to “summer” in Napa Valley to taste all it has to offer and to escape foggy San Francisco any time she can. Follow her on Instagram at @jeneschmitz.

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