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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.

Sonoma is also home to Buena Vista Winery, California’s oldest winery, and Gundlach-Bundschu, the state’s oldest, continually operating family winery.

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. 

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Sonoma Overlook Trail Photo
198 First Street W., Sonoma, CA 95476

Sonoma Overlook Trail offers a pleasant 3 mile hike with views of the Sonoma Valley.  The trailhead is at the entrance to the Mountain Cemetery, just a few blocks north of the Sonoma Plaza. A diverse…

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Contact us directly, Sonoma, CA 95476

Sonoma Valley, home to the historic towns of Sonoma, Glen Ellen and Kenwood, is located only 45 minutes north of San Francisco and less than 10 miles from the Napa Valley. The passionately popular…

Sonoma Wine Shop Photo
412 First Street E., Sonoma, CA 95476

WINE BAR & CHEESE SHOP Our Sonoma Plaza wine shop is a special place. Housed in the 1891 Pinelli Building on Sonoma Plaza, we have created a little oasis for wine lovers. Wine was first sold in this…

BEAR MOON CLOTHING COMPANY Photo
117 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

Friends and business partners Denise Murray and Robin Pitts opened Bear Moon Clothing Company 30 years ago. They provide high quality clothing, accessories and shoes that are perfect for Sonoma's…