Sonoma City Guide: Wine, Restaurants, History & Hiking

Sonoma is the closest wine region to San Francisco and is a city and county of extensive history and beauty. The historic Sonoma Plaza sits in the heart of downtown Sonoma and is surrounded by wine tasting rooms, eateries and a state park. I have only been to the area twice, but on both occasions, I left wanting to spend more time in the unique charm it provides. Browse some of my favorite locations below so that you can make the most of your time in Sonoma.


The restaurants in Sonoma are top notch, with lots of farm to table options and great places to hang out. My personal favorite is The Girl and The Fig, but you can't beat any of the options below.

The Girl and The Fig

El Dorado Kitchen

Sunflower Cafe

Fremont Diner

Historic & Fun Spots to Explore

Since the city itself began in the 1800's there is a lot of history to explore in this area. Mission San Francisco Solano is the northernmost California mission and it has been beautifully recreated by the state parks system. This is also where the Bear Flag Revolt started and you can see a plaque dedicated to it in the Sonoma Plaza.

Mission San Francisco Solano

Cornerstone Sonoma

California Mission’s Museum


While I haven't got a chance to hike too much in the area, the amazing Jack London State Park is a great place to explore. There are dozens of miles of trails here that lead to many different spots important to the author and his influence on the Sonoma Valley.

Jack London State Park


Of course, wineries are a main reason to come to the Sonoma Valley. While there are dozens and dozens to try a few of my personal favorites are below.

Madrone Estate Winery

Buena Vista Winery


When staying in Sonoma, you want to be as close as possible to the Sonoma Plaza. This allows you to leave your car at the hotel and just walk to all the different options the plaza provides. I personally love the Cottage Inn & Spa as it is quaint and has a ton of charm. Plus, they deliver fresh pastries to your room every morning.

Cottage Inn & Spa


If you want more inspiration, check out the videos I made on Sonoma below.

24 Hours in Sonoma

Jack London State Park

Now it is your turn, what did I leave off this list that you love exploring in Sonoma? Be sure to leave in in the comments to others can find it as well.

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