Explore Sonoma County’s history, with a trip to the town of Sonoma, home to Mission San Francisco Solano, the last Spanish-Mexican mission built in California.
Sonoma State Historic Park preserves the mission and the Sonoma Barracks, as well as the nearby historic home of General Vallejo and other sites. Sonoma was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt, when Californians declared their independence from Mexico.
Today, history walks in tandem with current times. Modern winemaking techniques are tucked away in buildings that were state of the art nearly a century ago, and wine tasting opportunities abound.
Shops, tasting rooms, restaurants, bakeries, and a historic theater line the streets around the Sonoma Plaza – an eight-acre town square, the largest in California. Venture beyond downtown to explore brew pubs, more shopping, art galleries, and more.
Dry Jack, considered by experts to be one of America's finest cheeses, is produced in Sonoma by hand-crafted methods at Vella Cheese Company (315 Second St. E., Sonoma, 707-938-3232). Founded in 1931...
In the mid-1800s, Mexico ruled the region, owning hundreds of thousands of acres of ranchos in what is now much of Sonoma County. Yet it wasn't long before the U.S. government and the territory and...
There are many great opportunities to taste Pinot Noir in Sonoma - the City of Sonoma, that is, the historic pueblo founded in 1835 around the Mission San Francisco Solano. Situated in the...
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