Known for its lush wineries, historic attractions, and incredible scenery, Northern California filled with relaxing activities for couples and families alike. In Sonoma wine country, there are almost 200 wineries to explore once you've visited Napa Valley.
In fact, you don't have even have to go to Napa to visit a great California winery. You can avoid the summer crowds and the traffic by visiting the nearby Sonoma Wine Country.
California wineries are known for being in hubs for excellent food, outdoor recreation, and of course, great wine. If you want to have a sun soaked, relaxing road trip, plan to include a visit to Sonoma wine country as part of your road trip in Northern California.
Home to some of the best California wineries; you can easily reach this area from San Francisco in less than an hour. You are also only 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean and a short drive from the Avenue of the Giants, an awe-inspiring grove of giant Sequoia trees.
As you drive around the area, you might recognize many of the names you see. Kendall-Jackson, in Santa Rosa, is an extremely successful California winery, as is Ravenswood Winery, right in Sonoma. With luxurious hotels, relaxing spas, and quaint bed and breakfasts, you can take your time exploring the California wineries in Sonoma Valley.
Open all year round, you don't have to wait until summer to visit a California winery. Although you will likely find better rates on Sonoma wine country hotels when you visit in the late fall and winter, you won't find any lack of things to do, since many of the places in Sonoma Wine country are open 365 days a year. Almost every wine lover has heard of Glen Ellen and Benzinger, but when you come here, you can see your favorite California winery up close, and enjoying one of their bottles will never be the same after you've visited the place where the wine is produced. In fact, this area is within driving distance to the top Napa Valley wineries, so you can plan an entire vacation solely dedicated to wine taste.
With 16 golf courses, hot air balloon rides, elegant spas, and world-class dining, Sonoma wine country warrants a weekend of your time to truly enjoy. Like taking your time to enjoy a fine glass of wine, you should check into one of the excellent Sonoma wine country hotels and take in the region slowly to truly appreciate all of its gifts. If you don't have time but want to experience a California winery, there are a number of tours you can take from the Bay Area, in a limo, a bus, or a vintage vehicle.
The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, and the vistas are unforgettable. The California wineries of Sonoma valley are a great way to spend a memorable weekend.