For a wine country weekend, this upscale, NorCal county is hard to beat.

Sonoma, California — both the city and the county around it — have long been synonymous with wine. But a visit to Sonoma means more than vineyards and picturesque villages. It’s also a place to commune with old-growth redwoods, hike coastal bluffs and sample really good food. There are down-home fish shacks, from-scratch bakeries and, notably, several Michelin-starred restaurants serving innovative cuisine, all of which pairs nicely with wine from the area’s 400-plus vineyards.

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Explore Sonoma

  • Sonoma Plaza
  • Healdsburg
  • Petaluma
  • Santa Rosa
  • West County

Sonoma Plaza

Overview

Located in the heart of the city, this historic square is surrounded by 19th-century architecture and 30-plus tasting rooms, all within a block’s walk. For a dose of history, don’t miss San Francisco Solano, the last mission in the city, featuring a museum and a church that dates back to 1840.

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Restaurants , Wineries, Shopping

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Healdsburg

Overview

The perfect mix of small-town charm and wine country luxury, tiny Healdsburg is home to Michelin-starred restaurants and, in the area around it, 80-plus vineyards.

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Historic Plaza , Restaurants , Wineries, Shopping

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Petaluma

Overview

Pretty Petaluma tends to be one of the first stops on a Sonoma Valley wine country tour. Just 40 miles north of San Francisco, the streets of its charming downtown are lined with restaurants, tasting rooms and boutiques.

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Santa Rosa

Overview

Known for its award-winning wineries, Santa Rosa is a laid-back city surrounded by natural beauty, including the wildflower-filled Trione-Annadel State Park to the east. It’s a great place to set as home base, given its proximity to the other wine-heavy cities along the Sonoma Coast.

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Wineries, Museums

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West County

Overview

West County encompasses several areas including Sebastopol, Guerneville, Forestville, Graton and Occidental. Come here if you’re looking to take a hike through towering redwoods, visit a couple of quirky towns and taste the local wine.

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Parks, Wineries, Redwoods

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Taste Your Way Through Sonoma County, California

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Head for Healdsburg

Start your Sonoma County sojourn with a visit to the community of Healdsburg, home to two Michelin-starred restaurants. Here, you can explore the charming plaza, shop the boutiques and sample the wines on offer at some of the area’s 80 vineyards, before dining at one of Sonoma’s starry eateries.

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Get Outdoors

Hike — or relax — amid ancient redwoods in either the sprawling Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve or the smaller Grove of Old Trees. Either way, there are top-quality spots for lunch (this is Sonoma, after all). Then have dinner in Sebastopol at a highly rated Thai restaurant, followed by a sweet treat at a farm-to-cone creamery.

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Go Coastal

Make your way to the wild and wonderful Sonoma coastline, tracing scenic Highway 1 from Bodega Bay to a coastal park, exploring the beaches and bluffs along the way. Then it’s time for a wine tour and tasting, followed by dinner at Wit & Wisdom in downtown Sonoma.

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