Spring in Sonoma County
If ever there was a definitive season where “life opens up” in Sonoma County, it’s spring.
Spring in Sonoma County means sampling the bounty of fresh food and new wines, meeting makers and artisans at pop-up farmers' markets and festivals, enjoying wildflowers opening their blooms, and catching peeks of whales off the coast breaching the surface to say hello. Things are just a little brighter and a little fresher this time of year. It’s the energy of the season that will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed and ready to drink it all in. These first few months of the year make the perfect time to hike through flower-laden meadows, indulge in an outdoor creativity retreat, or enjoy special new release parties at Sonoma County wineries.
Spring kicks off in Sonoma County when the mustard flowers begin blooming in between the rows of vines, bathing our valleys in bright yellow starting in February. Budbreak, an exciting Wine Country marker, follows soon after. You can plan an entire trip across Sonoma County by the wildflowers you’ll find, from the blue sky lupine of our regional parks to the famous pink blossoms of Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve. Plan your spring getaway to Sonoma County during peak wildflower bloom and experience special offers on lodging, tours, and tastings.
Fe-brew-ary begins with the much anticipated annual release of Russian River Brewing’s internationally-renowned Pliny the Younger. Meet travelers from all over the world as you wait to get a taste of this unique Sonoma County beer. Continue your craft brew journey all month long with Santa Rosa’s Beer Passport program, tasting offerings across the city and collecting stamps for a grand prize.
The last week of the month heralds Sonoma County Restaurant Week, from February 21st to March 1st, when the region's chefs put on a full display of their farm-to-fork prowess. Tour the offerings by region and enjoy special offers on limited-time multi-course meals and sweet treat specials at more than one hundred participating Wine Country restaurants.
With March comes more of the food and wine celebrations for which Sonoma County is renowned. Meet winemakers and get an exclusive taste of some of the best wines of 2020 before they’re available in stores by attending Wine Road Barrel Tasting. Sample wines right from the barrel and decide which ones to send back home for a taste of Sonoma County come bottling time.
Pair your wine with hands-on farm tours and special samples at the Artisan Cheese Festival. This is the perfect time of year to visit farms and gardens as they begin to sprout and come alive with newborn lambs and calves. Continue celebrating the homegrown agricultural heritage of Sonoma County throughout the season at such festivities as Cloverdale's Citrus Fair, Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival, and Petaluma's Butter and Egg Days Parade.
May marks Outdoors Month in Sonoma County and the ideal time to hike along our 55 miles of coastline, trek to a waterfall, or go biking under the boughs of ancient redwoods. With wildflowers dotting the countryside, wineries holding spring release parties, restaurants serving up the best of the season, and temperate weather beckoning, now is the time to rejuvenate in Sonoma County. We'll save a seat for you.
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