Goat Rock Beach

Winter in Sonoma County

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Winter (December through February) in Sonoma County translates to rolling green hills and pastures, as well as the happy yellow color of wild mustard blooms in dormant vineyards. Since it isn't peak season, Sonoma wineries may offer behind-the-scenes tours, or you may discover your tasting room attendant is the winemaker.

Sonoma County's more than 50 miles of Pacific coastline is in season. Fishing fleets in Bodega Bay are active with Dungeness crab season. Plus, the whales are migrating and there are several overlooks to see them.

Though the weather may be cool with the occasional mist, rain or fog, the mild temperatures bring people to experience such great events as Winter Wineland; Olive Season; Cloverdale Citrus Fair and Parade; and California’s Artisan Cheese Festival.

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