Taste of Sonoma unfolds from noon to 4 p.m. Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Embrace the End of Summer in Sonoma County

Carey Sweet

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This year’s summer officially ends on September 23, 2019, though in Sonoma County, wonderful weather means that summer slips gently into fall, with outdoor activities continuing for months beyond. Still, August and September are special times, with kids mostly out of school, vacations being eagerly lapped up, and dreams of beach retreats. Make the most of your time with these fulfilling activities:

Dine on a Patio

Image of food from Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg.
Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg

Al fresco dining is very popular in Wine Country, thanks to sunny days and cool evenings that feel extra comfy when you’re draped in a light sweater. Some favorite patio restaurants include Yeti Indian & Nepalese in Glen Ellen with its creekside seating, Fork Roadhouse in Sebastopol with its Cal-rustic cuisine served creekside with live music on many days, and Bird & The Bottle for sophisticated global small plates in Santa Rosa. We also love Sonoma’s Depot Hotel Restaurant & Garden for Italian fare overlooking a sparkling fountain pool, Butcher Crown Roadhouse in Petaluma for gourmet Latin American inspired barbecue in a rustic beer garden, and Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg, for Yucatan cuisine in a lushly landscaped garden patio with views of the kitchen. Discover more patio dining here.

Hit the Beach

Three kids running on the sand at Goat Rock Beach.
Goat Rock Beach

Sonoma County’s western border spans more than 55 miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline, from Doran Beach in Bodega Bay, to Stump Beach Cove in Jenner. Depending on the beach, you can swim, build sand castles or driftwood palaces, frolic with your dog or horse, fish, surf, kayak, fly kits, picnic, clamber on giant rocks, do cartwheels, make seaweed necklaces, kick back and read a book, see whales and sea lions, talk to seagulls, or hike majestic bluffs. Read up on Sonoma County's beaches here.

Splash at a Resort

Image of pool at Flamingo Conference Resort And Spa
Flamingo Resort

Many of Sonoma County’s resorts, hotels, and B&Bs are resplendent with pools, or sit beach, creek, and riverside. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn of Sonoma and Flamingo Resort of Santa Rosa are both famous for their lovely swimming pools, while Creekside Inn & Resort of Guerneville rests amid redwoods overlooking, you guessed it, a creek. Bodega Bay Lodge offers views and direct access to Doran Beach, you can enjoy ocean view hikes at Timber Cove Resort in Jenner, and you can admire boats in the marina-side Sheraton Sonoma Wine Country. Learn more about Sonoma County pools here.

Enjoy a Festival

Image of vendor booth at Bodega’s Seafood, Art & Wine Festival.
Bodega’s Seafood, Art & Wine Festival

Summer bounty is in full swing with celebrations of Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage, food and wine. The Sonoma County Fair (Aug. 1-11, 2019) is full of family fun with carnival rides, Hall of Flowers, arts and crafts, and food, along with agricultural events and Wine Country horse racing. There are headliner concerts most nights, free with fair admission.

Check out the fun at Sebastopol’s Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 17 & 18, 2019), Bodega’s Seafood, Art & Wine Festival (Aug. 24 & 25, 2019), and Rohnert Park’s Taste of Sonoma (Aug. 31, 2019). Discover more Sonoma County festivals here