If you’re thinking of escaping the daily grind for just a week or two or if you’re thinking of bringing your family and friends on a week-long holiday in a relaxing environment then think about Sonoma, California.
Sonoma is famous for its beautiful vineyards, amazing wine selection, great food, relaxing country appeal, a historic city plaza and more.
Stay in a Luxury Villa
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Sonoma has plenty of choices when it comes to accommodation. But if you want to fully enjoy your stay, consider booking a luxury villa. There are a variety of Sonoma vacation rentals available online and choose the ones that have the amenities that you think your family and friends will enjoy a lot. Take advantage of the nice weather and book a villa with a pool and with an amaing view. You and your family and friends will definitely enjoy this long awaited holiday.
Visit Sonoma Valley Wine Trail
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Sonoma Valley is the quintessential destination in Sonoma California. If you and your friends love wine then this is one of the activities that you shouldn’t miss. You can book a tour or drive on your own and visit numrous wineries along the way. Some of the most visited wineries include: St. Anne’s Crossing, Kenwood, ravenswood, Loxton and more. They have plenty of choices that include: sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, chardonnay and more.
Visit Sonoma Plaza
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Sonoma Plaza is the central plaza in the former town of Sonoma and this is also regarded as the largest plaza in California. This place is surrounded by historic buildings, plenty of wine tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries and unique shops. There are also some accommodation choices in Sonoma Plaza if you prefer to stay in this part of the town.
Book a Wine Tasting Tour
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One of the reasons why Sonoma is frequented both by local and foreign travelers alike is because of their wine. The most convenient way to get to know more about the wines of Sonoma is to book a wine tasting tour with the local tour companies. They will surely know the best kept secrets when it comes to the amazing wine that Sonoma has to offer.
Book a Food Tour
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Great wine is always accompanied with great food and Sonoma has plenty of choices when it comes to amazing food. Book a tour and learn about the history of the city while tastng a variety of local cuisines. And one of the places that you shouldn’t miss is El Molino Central that serves amazing Mexican streetfood.
Hop on a Bike
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If you are the adventurous and independent kind of traveler then you also have the option to rent a bike and cycle around town and around the valley. This will also be a great way to viit various places on your own pace. You can also book a bike and wine tour and visit wineries and cheese factories along the way.
Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
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Enjoy the majestic beauty of Sonoma and fly in a hot air balloon. There are various companies offering this services and this will definitely be a spectacular way of experiencing the beauty of Sonoma Valley. This will be a great anniversary activity together with your partner.
Visit the Sonoma Raceway
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If you like watching car races then this should be part of your travel itinerary. One of the most frequent race is the Indycar Grand Prix. If this will be your first time to visit a race track or if this will be your first time to attend a race event, then be sure to bring an ear plug as it can be very loud for those who are not used to it. For the race fans out there, this will definitely be a very exciting event to go to.
Bring your kids to the Sonoma Train Town
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If you’re travelling with your kids then you should add this to your list of places to visit in Sonoma. The Sonoma Train Town has a petting zoo and six vintage amusement rides to enjoy. You can also take a train ride and stop to view the town’s replica. This place is also a great destination for the train buffs out there.
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There are many specialty stores in and around Sonoma Plaza where you can buy locally produced items such as wine and cheese. There are also some artisan shops selling a variety of handmade products. If you are into art, there are also some art galleries where you can purchase artworks made by the locals of Sonoma.
The activities that you can indulge in while in Sonoma is endless. Feel free to add more by commenting below.