Just a short, 45-minute drive from San Francisco, Sonoma makes for an easy girls getaway destination, and its handy location at the heart of Real Wine Country, means it’s the perfect base for exploring all that the region has to offer.

Whether you want to relax in five-star luxury or roam the grounds of a working vineyard, be pampered by award-winning spa treatments or visit local... Read More »

From unique wine experiences to traditional harvest festivals to world-class art and culture events, there’s something to suit everyone on Sonoma’s annual calendar.

Here are 15 yearly highlights not to miss, ordered from January through December.

1. Sonoma Valley Delicious

From corkage-free fine-dining to exclusive prix fixe meals to discounts on special food and wine pairings, Sonoma... Read More »


By: Blaire Constantinou, Travelzoo
It’s rare to find such a diverse agricultural locale as Sonoma, where ancient olive orchards give way to organic farms that produce everything from fruits and vegetables to nuts and herbs.

From world-renowned cheeses and hand-pressed olive oils to lovingly-crafted chocolate truffles and boutique brew beer, it’s no surprise to discover that the artisan... Read More »

By: Blaire Constantinou, Travelzoo

Recognized as one of California’s top culinary destinations, it’s not just the wine lists that wow at Sonoma’s most memorable dining establishments. From prestigious pairings to sophisticated farm-to-table fare to award-winning local produce, here are 10 epicurean experiences that foodies won’t want to miss.

Corner 103
Founded by award-winning wine... Read More »

10 Reasons to Visit Sonoma Valley

Friday, January 5, 2018 11:00 AM


By: Blaire Constantinou, Travelzoo

1. Easy Getaway Location

Just a short, 45-minute drive from San Francisco, Sonoma makes for an easy weekend getaway destination; and if you’re just visiting the Bay Area from out-of-state or abroad, there’s really no excuse not to tag a trip onto your vacation.

Plus, you can take the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S.,... Read More »

5 Reasons to Visit Sonoma Valley Now

Friday, October 27, 2017 3:00 PM

Consumers are no doubt familiar with the trials Napa, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties have faced over the past week, and have seen news that showcases the impact the recent fires have had on some of the area’s beautiful terrain. They’ve also likely seen the selflessness of the first responders who fought tirelessly to keep Sonoma Valley safe from the flames, and whose perseverance assured that none... Read More »

Harvest & Crush 101

Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:00 PM

by Jan Maguire

Who doesn’t remember the iconic I Love Lucy grape-stomping scene when the hilarious comedian frolicked in a vat of grapes? This fall in wine country, you can indulge your own grape-stomping fantasy at festive celebrations taking place around the valley and at Sonoma Valley’s charming wineries. If you want to learn first-hand how winemakers skillfully transform grapes on... Read More »

Craft Your Own Sonoma Valley Ale Trail This Fall

Friday, September 8, 2017 11:00 AM

by Jan Maguire

With its gorgeous fall colors and harvest celebrations in full swing, autumn is a marvelous time to visit Sonoma Valley. If you’re a beer lover thirsty for seasonal brew, our wine country destination can hold its own with local craft breweries that are long on taste and hospitality.

Just down from the Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company’s taproom features a warm laid-back... Read More »

Discover Dog Friendly Sonoma Valley

Friday, September 8, 2017 11:00 AM

by Jan Maguire

American wildlife photographer and writer Roger Caras once said that “dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Dog lovers everywhere can relate - our canine companions comfort us, love us unconditionally and make us laugh at their silly antics; it’s no wonder we’re reluctant to leave them behind when we go on vacation.

In Sonoma Valley, you’ll find plenty of... Read More »

Culinary Offerings at Valley of the Moon Winery

Friday, August 4, 2017 10:00 AM

Partake in a culinary adventure at Valley of the Moon Winery, also known as Madrone Vineyard Estate. Valley of the Moon Winery provides the ideal setting for a day in Sonoma Wine Country. With a sunny patio and bocce court set amidst 100 year-old vines, thoughtful stewardship intersects with small-lot winemaking in one of Sonoma’s most incomparable settings.

Valley of the Moon

Planted in 1863, Valley of the Moon... Read More »