Solo travel is a balancing act between spending time unaccompanied or with others, and Sonoma County offers the perfect blend of options for those who choose to go it alone. Wine country can be an ideal destination for the solo visitor — even for those who don’t drink wine.
Go on a Tour
Joining a tour is a time-honored way to learn about a new place, and Sonoma offers nearly 100 different options — on wheels, hoof, wings, hot air, water, zip line or just plain old feet. The historic Sonoma mission is a good place to start (it’s where the California Republic started after all) and a walk around the plaza provides shopping and tasting opportunities without having to drive.
Keep in mind that a food tour — and there are so many available — allows the solo adventurer to dine without the dreaded “party of one?” restaurant announcement.
Nature and animal lovers will especially love a visit to Safari West near Santa Rosa, and to get even more up close and personal with a large mammal, several Sonoma County venues offer horseback riding tours, a popular option with solo travelers.
Or perhaps you’d like a journey to a place like Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Just minutes from Sonoma Valley’s floor but so high in the Mayacamas Mountains that it feels like the middle of the wilderness, it’s just the place to enjoy your own company and a Wine Country sunset.
Do Something Fun
Early risers can thrill to a hot-air balloon ride, or cover a lot of ground from ground level on a bike tour, or, to split the difference between walking and biking, take a Segway tour, offered in three Sonoma County towns.
Sonoma County’s many festivals, brew pubs and nightlife spots are great for meeting people from all walks of life.
Relax at a Wine Country Spa
Of course, the ultimate solo travel experience is a visit to a spa, and there is no shortage of spa treatments on offer in Sonoma County.
After all that touring and tasting it’s a relief to lie back and absorb some healthy pampering, whether at world-class, well-known venues like the Kenwood Inn and Spa or the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa or any of the dozens of smaller independent spa businesses around the county.
Stay at a Resort
Whether you like to spend the night at an upscale resort surrounded by vineyards, in a fun downtown hotel, or out in the woods, there are plenty of authentic wine country accommodation options.
Written by Julie Vader