What to Expect When Visiting Sonoma County Wine Country

Sonoma County’s beautiful and varied terrain beckons travelers to hike through towering redwood forests, paddle along meandering rivers, or simply unwind to the sounds of nature. With so many things to see and do, it’s best to take some time to plan ahead. When you’re prepared for your adventure, you and your group are more likely to have a good time and help protect the outdoors. 

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Learn more about the Sonoma County Leave No Trace Seven Principals, including Know Before You Go, Be Extremely Careful with Fire, and Keep Wildlife Wild.

When planning water activities along the coast, at the river or at the lake, make sure to read these important safety tips, and watch this quick, informative video on safety at the coast.

Give Yourself A Little Extra Time

We want visitors to have the best experience possible in Sonoma County, and so we recommend giving yourself a little bit of extra time. You are in Wine Country; slow down enough to fully enjoy it. Be aware of any road closures or construction, and use pull-outs when needed.

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Brewsters Beer Garden, Petaluma

Make Reservations

While not all restaurants and wineries require, or even offer reservations, many do. We recommend making reservations well in advance when possible, especially on weekends. Same-day reservations are sometimes available and welcome by phone call, and some places welcome walk-in visitors.

One of the advantages of calling ahead is it often affords a more intimate experience for guests. While Sonoma County is a naturally intimate place that allows travelers to slow down, stretch out and connect with each other and our community of artisans, planning ahead can take that experience to the next level.

Enjoy Wine Country, Save Water

Sonoma County, like most of California, experiences drought. In an effort to protect this beautiful destination for generations to come, we asking visitors to join with us in helping conserve water. The following blog post has water conservation tips as you plan your trip.

Leave No Trace

Experiencing our destination through the Sonoma County Leave No Trace Seven Principles gives travelers an opportunity to make a difference. Together, we can protect and preserve this special corner of the world for generations to come. 

Sign The Travel Kindly Pledge

Finally, we invite you to sign the Sonoma County Travel Kindly Pledge. In doing so, you commit to making a positive impact to the health and wellbeing of our local communities, abundance of experiences, and beautiful natural landscapes. Think local, plan ahead, leave no trace, tread lightly, make an impact, spread kindness, go beyond, and be mindful. These words seem as important now as ever.

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