"Love" sign at Paradise Ridge Winery
"Love" sign at Paradise Ridge Winery

Insta-Worthy Sonoma County Shots You Should be Proud to Post

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We think of Sonoma County as one of the most Instagram-able areas in the whole United States, but not just because of its breathtaking beauty — our sustainability efforts are also garnering attention. So, as you focus your camera for the most like-able shots, consider the stories you can tell with your photos, inspiring your followers to celebrate caring for our environment, farm land, food supply, animals, and each other.

Read on to discover the most divine images to collect from every corner of Sonoma County.

Special features at sustainable wineries

With more than 425 wineries in Sonoma County — most of them certified sustainable — it isn't hard to find one with stylish tasting room decor or a beautiful view. For special winery features just begging to be posted, though, check out the following.

Gilded frames at DeLoach Vineyards
Recycled gilt frames at DeLoach Vineyards

Pond-side swing at Fritz Underground Winery in Cloverdale
Pond-side swing at Fritz Underground Winery in Cloverdale

Sustainable Sonoma signs at vineyards 

Sustainable Sonoma signs are posted at vineyards throughout the county
Sustainable Sonoma signs are posted at vineyards throughout the county

Here in Sonoma County, sustainable farming is a way of both life and business. A whopping 99% of Sonoma County's vineyards are certified sustainable, marked with Sonoma County Sustainable signs that, when angled just so against adjacent rows of grapevinesmake for wholly like-able photo subjects. 

Farm-to-fork dining

Sonoma County is well known for Wine Country cuisine, full of fresh produce harvested from sustainable, biodynamic, and organic farms — but where will you find the prettiest food photos, you ask? Start with these six beloved farm-to-table restaurants.

Farm-to-fork beauty at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville
Farm-to-fork beauty at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville 

Barndiva in Healdsburg
Barndiva in Healdsburg

Kitchen gardens 

A key source of a great farm-to-fork meal is a healthy kitchen garden, and Sonoma County is fairly brimming with them. These four stunning sustainable gardens, though, are easily accessible to visitors: The wineries require tasting appointments and the restaurant prefers a reservation, while shopping/dining complex Cornerstone Sonoma is free and open to the public. 

Kitchen garden at Kendall-Jackson in Santa Rosa
Kitchen garden at Kendall-Jackson in Santa Rosa

Dine amidst the kitchen garden at boon eat + drink in Guerneville
Dine amidst the kitchen garden at boon eat + drink in Guerneville

Lovely in lavender 

June is lavender month in Sonoma County, when these fragrant purple tufts of blooms — which attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds — seemingly pop up everywhere. The following organic farms and sustainable wineries, though, have arguably the most lavender per foot to fill your Instagram posts and stories.

Portion of the lavender labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa
Portion of the lavender labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa 

The magic of mustard 

Mustard amongst the vines beside Medlock Ames in the Alexander Valley - Photo by Melanie Wynne
Mustard amongst the vines beside Medlock Ames in the Alexander Valley - Photo by Melanie Wynne

Mustard season in Sonoma County is in late-winter/early-spring, with tall yellow blooms rising from between vineyard rows. Allowed to grow while the grapevines are dormant, this cover crop suppresses weeds and attracts beneficial insects, among other things. As the grapevine lifecycle of budbreak ends, the mustard is mowed and its trimmings are left to decompose on the soil, nourishing it with nutrients like nitrogen.

When in bloom, one of the prettiest carpets of mustard can be found beside Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, where it's safe and easy to pull over, pose for floral selfies, and snap away. But please make sure not to stomp on the flowers! 

Towering redwoods

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

In the heart of Guerneville, the 805-acre Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve is lush with photo ops, but we recommend two sites in particular: The 1,400-year-old Colonel Armstrong Tree, and the tree-hugging platform along the reserve's Discovery Trail. With and without your camera, be sure to look (way, way) up and enjoy the dappled shade beneath these old-growth giants.  

Sheep and goats and cows, oh my 

Sonoma County is a major agricultural area, so it makes sense that you'll find a lot of farm animals here. For some up-close, like-worthy photos of them that don't involve trespassing on private land (or other risks), bring your camera to these gorgeous, creature-friendly farms, wineries, and animal sanctuaries.

Pig at Charlie's Acres in Petaluma
Pig at Charlie's Acres in Petaluma

Nigerian Dwarf Goat at Truett-Hurst Winery in Healdsburg
Nigerian Dwarf Goat at Truett-Hurst Winery in Healdsburg

The Pacific Ocean

With 55 miles of Sonoma County coastline to explore (including the 17-mile Sonoma Coast State Park), it can be a challenge to find the perfect spots for the 'gram. Allow us, then, to suggest the following:

Vista Point Overlook in Sonoma Coast State Park
View from the Vista Point Overlook in Sonoma Coast State Park

Leave No Trace logoWhile you're out there snapping Sonoma County photos for the 'gram, remember to be respectful of your gorgeous surroundings. Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Sonoma County Tourism Life Opens Up logoAnd don't forget: when you're posting your favorite shots from Sonoma County, be sure to tag Sonoma County Tourism at @sonomacounty on Instagram and @sonomacountyca on Facebook. We can't wait to see, like, and share your photos! 


Written by Melanie Wynne