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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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Candlestick Photo
38 W. Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

The Candlestick, located in Sonoma, California, was established in 1957 and is California's oldest and largest specialty candle store and is nationally recognized as the premier candle retailer on the…

The Blue Wing Inn Photo
131 E. Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

The long, low adobe building just across from the mission derives its name from the Blue Wing Inn, gambling room and saloon of the gold rush era. It is thought that portions of the building were…

Vineburg Deli Photo
997 Napa Road, Sonoma, CA 95476

Vineburg Deli, at the corner of Napa Road and 8th Street in Sonoma, has a real wood-fire bbq grill outside that it uses to cook tri-tip and other meats. This is not a bbq joint, but instead a deli…