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Sonoma County, California
Although many people already know Sonoma County for its award winning wineries this county offers many more attractions that make it the perfect vacation or getaway experience.
Just 35 miles north of San Francisco, among 1,604 square miles, you will find a wild and dramatic Pacific coastline, the winding Russian River, vineyards, majestic old growth redwoods, historic towns, delightful inns and fine hotels.
The beauty of the area has attracted artists and craftsman colonies, rejuvenating spas and some of the finest dining experiences in the United States. Hills covered in cows and woolly sheep, orchards and gardens where the freshest, often organic, produce is grown for your dinner table and farms of every variety are all to be discovered in this wondrous county. The experience can be relaxing and rejuvenating or fast paced and exciting depending on your tastes and desires; and it will always be memorable.
Start planning your adventure by exploring Sonoma County's Cities and Towns. Our Chambers, Visitor's Bureaus and Associations are excellent resources and specialize in each city, town or area.
When you are ready to purchase or sell your home allow me and my 26 years real estate experience “Do Whatever it Takes”…… to realize your dream.
Santa Rosa, CA
The Heart of the County
Located in the middle is the county's seat, Santa Rosa has a relaxed urban appeal, blending a rural feel with cultural arts, museums, food and wine, shopping and outdoor activities. More than 400 acres of parks offer quiet respites for picnicking or enjoying outdoor events. There are creekside trails for strolls or opportunities for hiking, peddling, rowing, sailing and fishing.
Santa Rosa is full of excellent restaurants, cafés, coffee houses and clubs. Shopping includes a variety of alternatives, from malls and shopping centers to boutiques and specialty stores along sidewalks or around Historic Railroad Square.
"Peanuts" fans will find a little slice of heaven here. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center gives visitors a peek at original artwork and memorabilia. Next door is Snoopy's Home Ice Arena and Gallery. A bronze sculpture of Charlie Brown and his faithful beagle stands in Historic Railroad Square.
Horticulturalist Luther Burbank lived and worked in Sonoma County for more than 50 years; his Santa Rosa home and gardens are open for touring. The Sonoma County Museum, Pacific Coast Air Museum and Sonoma County Museum for the Visual Arts are wonderful places for exploring. The Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts offers a full repertory of entertainment including symphony, ballet, popular music and theater. Santa Rosa is the perfect vacation headquarters.
You can also visit Sonoma Counties largest city: Santa Rosa.
Wine Country, USA
Maritime breezes from the Pacific Ocean provide cool nights and daily high temperatures are mitigated by morning fog producing ideal conditions for grape growing. The tremendous variation in climate among the viticultural areas coupled with little, if any, rain between May and the end of October harvest, results in consistently high-quality grape production for each variety.
Grape growing and winemaking are traditionally family endeavors and Sonoma Country is home to the oldest family-owned winery in the United States. Many wineries were founded by European immigrants who came here decades ago and are still operated by the same families today. This family-oriented approach to business ensures unassuming and welcoming hospitality to winery guests.
No matter where you are in Sonoma Country, our 200 wineries invite you to explore the many hospitality and tasting rooms. Winery hospitality staff are knowledgeable, friendly and eager to discuss the wines and how they were made. A few wineries charge for tasting, and several wineries are open by appointment only. Private tastings and wine and food pairings are now being offered by some wineries.
Winery tours take visitors behind the scenes to crush pads, barrel rooms, bottling lines, cellars and caves. Visitors to one winery can assist the winemaker by participating in the "punchdown" or stirring up a tank of fermenting red wine. Other tours include culinary and Tuscan-style landscaping and flower gardens. Some wineries offer up close and personal tours of vineyards by motorized tram and horse-drawn carriages. Thinking of living in or near Vines check here for useful information "Travel Appellations."
Shirley "Sam" Mallin