Sonoma County boasts many “must sees” among its hundreds of wineries and restaurants, its many terrific hotels, B&Bs and inns, and pretty parks and beaches within its million acres of gorgeous landscape.
Yet there’s a secret Sonoma, too, where the locals and savvy visitors know to go to for more relaxed, neighborhood moods and a bit of quirky character. Here, you’ll often see the winemakers and chefs themselves hard at work, meet the actual innkeepers and probably a family pet or two, and enjoy vast expanses of forest and oceanfront without tourist crowds. Getting to Sonoma County is easy. Just fly to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa via Alaska Airlines, American Airlines (Sky West), United Airlines, or Sun Country (seasonally), or drive from San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Rosa.
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.