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About Sonoma

by SmarterTravel Staff
Hint: The name may be more synonymous with fine wine, but its stretch of coastline is just as intoxicating.

If you guessed Sonoma County, California, you're right!

Set among majestic redwoods, more than 250 wineries, and dynamic coastlines, Sonoma County provides an ideal getaway for those seeking a natural and romantic escape. Visitors can spend the day biking through the vineyards, hiking in the woods, shopping in boutique stores, or sightseeing along the coast. The area offers a range of places to stay, including B&Bs, campsites, and hotels.

The nearest major airport is in San Francisco.

(Photo: Carl Unger)

Sonoma is a county, a city, and a valley, which can be confusing for visitors who aren't yet aware of the distinctions. Laid-back Sonoma Valley, California—with its focus on small family-owned wineries and farms that produce olives and other crops—is just over the hill from the more traditionally elegant Napa Valley. The main cities and towns in the valley are Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood. The valley carries the most weight in the popular imagination of Sonoma wine country, but the county has a number of other grape-growing American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) as well. In all, there are more than a dozen AVAs in Sonoma County.

Flights to Sonoma land at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport, which was named after the famed Snoopy cartoonist who made his home here.

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