What to Expect When Visiting Sonoma County Wine Country
On June 15th, 2021, California fully reopened, making for particularly appropriate timing mere days before the official start to summer. Travel has certainly looked different this past year, but as California fully reopens, we couldn’t be happier to welcome travelers to Sonoma County.
As the summer travel season kicks off, many travelers to Sonoma County may have questions about travel safety, current Sonoma County travel conditions, and more. So we’re here to help answer those questions.
What To Expect
New Face Covering Guidance
First and foremost, new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health states that face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals except for certain indoor settings, such as on public transportation and in transportation hubs, and inside at certain healthcare and school settings. Face coverings are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses. For more detailed guidance, you can view California’s state guidelines here.
However, some businesses may have their own protocols in place for the safety and well-being of their staff and visitors. You may find these posted at the entrance of these businesses, or on their website or on social media pages. We kindly ask visitors to respect the wishes and policies that businesses have in place.
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 and to be patient with our incredible community of hospitality businesses. Restaurants, wineries, breweries, and hotels are all committed to guest safety and well-being, now more than ever, which means added measures like higher standards of cleanliness and guest safety. As such, things like checking into your hotel, getting seated at a restaurant, or entering a state park may take a little bit longer.
While not all restaurants and wineries require, or even offer reservations, many now do. We recommend making reservations well in advance, especially on weekends. Same-day reservations are sometimes available and welcome by phone call, and some places welcome walk-in visitors. Many businesses are providing the latest updates and new happenings via their social media pages. Check their Instagram or Facebook accounts for the latest information and new offers.
Wine tasting, and dining, al fresco
What says summer in Sonoma County like outdoor dining and wine tasting? It truly couldn’t be a better time to wine taste and eat outdoors because of the comfortable weather that Sonoma County enjoys throughout much of the year. Below is just a sampling of some of the great places to dine and taste outdoors around Sonoma County.
Enjoy More Personalized, Intimate Experiences and Events
One of the advantages of this new reality of travel is that it often affords a more intimate experience for guests. Here in Sonoma County we like to think of our destination as a naturally intimate place that allows travelers to slow down, stretch out and connect with each other and our destination. That couldn’t be truer now.
Many events, too, will be smaller and more intimate. Gay Wine Week, for example, has transformed this year from one week of larger events, to an entire summer of smaller, more intimate events. We recommend checking event websites for the latest information on upcoming events.
Enjoy Wine Country, Save Water
As you may already know, Sonoma County, like most of California, is experiencing a drought. In an effort to protect our beautiful destination for generations to come, we’re asking visitors to join with us in helping conserve water. The following blog post has water conservation tips as you plan your trip.
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 well-being 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.