Sustainable Travel Guide for Sonoma County

Sidecar Tours in Sonoma County

Here in Sonoma County, laid-back luxury meets a deep commitment to the tenets of sustainability — supporting a healthy economy, society, and planet. 

We encourage you to fly to Sonoma County more sustainably, or to take the train and bring your bike. We invite you to use this sustainable travel guide to fill your Sonoma County itinerary with sustainable lodgings, wining and dining, shops and experiences, and suggest ways for you to conserve gas — especially when prices at the pump are sky-high.

Pair these sustainable travel options with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, and together, we can protect and preserve Sonoma County for generations to come!

STAY

There are many places and ways to stay sustainably in Sonoma County, in every corner of our 1,768-square-mile region.

Glamp sustainably at Wildhaven Sonoma in Healdsburg   

You can positively impact the Sonoma County community by choosing to:

Kind Traveler logoIf sustainability-focused hotels are more your style, consider booking through Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious give + get hotel booking and media platform. Kind Traveler enables you to unlock exclusive rates and perks from curated Sonoma County hotels when you give a $10 nightly donation to a vetted charity.

Sonoma County charities that benefit from Kind Traveler bookings include Sonoma Land TrustRussian RiverkeeperRedwood Empire Food Bank; and Farm to Pantry

Farmhouse Inn in Forestville is a Kind Hotel

And Kind Hotel properties in Sonoma County includeFarmhouse Inn in Forestville; Timber Cove Resort in Jenner; and in Santa Rosa, Vintners Resort, the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine CountryFlamingo ResortThe Sandman Hotel and Hotel E

DINE

Many Sonoma County eateries, markets, and cooking classes are committed to sourcing ingredients that are locally grown and/or sustainably made. This commitment enables area food producers to prepare and serve conscientious, delicious cuisine with a real sense of place. 

For some great Sonoma County sustainable food options, check out our restaurant and dining guide, and consider the following: 

Fresh crab and oysters are local delicacies
Produce in Sonoma County is known for being sustainably farmed—and delicious 
Taste cheese, sustainable cheese (and more) in Sonoma County

TASTE

Remember that wine is only one of the sustainable craft drinks made here in Sonoma County. You can also slake your thirst with libations like:

Golden State Cider is one of Sonoma County’s most popular cideries 

Cider made from locally grown apples, by producers like Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Windsor, and Golden State Cider in Sebastopol; 

Spirit Works Distillery at The Barlow in Sebastopol 

Spirits made from locally grown grains, by distilleries such as Young & Yonder Spirits in Healdsburg, Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol; and Hanson of Sonoma in Sonoma; 

Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma is one of dozens of breweries in Sonoma County

Beer made from locally grown hops, by breweries like Fogbelt Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma, and Seismic Brewing Company in Sebastopol. 

If you’re a wine lover, though, you’ll be happy to know that Sonoma County also has more than 425 wineries in 19 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), and 99% of our vineyards are certified sustainable.

You can go wine tasting at many of the 425 wineries in Sonoma County

Consider this Sonoma County wine-tasting road trip itinerary, which lets you manage your time, fuel, and environmental impact by choosing wineries that are near one another. Or use our wine tour guide to learn about the wineries in each town, cities, or region you’d like to visit. 

Benziger offers tractor tours of its biodynamic vineyards in Glen Ellen

You might also want to choose wineries that are biodynamic or organicdry-farmed; or simply eco-friendly. We can also suggest a cellar’s worth of sustainable wine tours and sustainable winery experiences. Cheers!

TOUR & DO

Sonoma County is chock full of activities that promote sustainability, either on foot, on wheels, or even way up in the air.

Our mild climate, rugged mountains, deep valleys, thick forests, 11 state parks, more than 50 regional parks, and 55 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline offer a wide range of outdoor activities that include:

Canoeing on the Russian River
Segway tour with Sonoma Adventures
Mountain Bikingat Trione Annadel
Mountain Bikingat Trione Annadel
Celebrate sustainability by hiking and walking in Sonoma County 

SHOP

Sonoma County is renowned for local products and handcrafts that have been created with minimum impact on the environment and community — so rest assured, it’s easy to shop sustainably here. 

Art(s) & Crafts

Locally handmade pottery at Artisans Co-Op in Bodega 

For locally made arts and crafts, shopping destinations include:

Apparel

Indigenous Clothing in Sebastopol, California 

If socially-conscious trade, eco-friendly textiles, and/or sustainably-produced fashion are important to you, comb through the racks and shelves at clothing stores like:

Home Goods 

Sustainably produced home goods at Heritage Alchemy in Santa Rosa 

Sustainable shops selling eco-friendly, locally produced home goods such as recycled glassware and refillable cleansers include:

Food Products

The crowd-pleasing Biscuit Mix from Big Bottom Market in Guerneville

Locally made food products — such as biscuit mix, olive oil, vinegar, jam, pickles and chutney — also make thoughtful gifts and souvenirs.

To discover your new favorite pantry staples, wander through some of Sonoma County’s amazing farmers markets, and well-curated food shops like:

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