Romance is alive in Sonoma Valley, whether you’re looking for a special night out, the picture-perfect spot to propose, cozy stargazing or a unique place to spend a night away. (Check local conditions for lodging availability. The famed wine country valley just north of San Francisco is home to more than 100 wineries, and many are offering special Valentine’s themed tastings. Bring your sweetie or BFF and come for the getaway you've been needing!
Glen Ellen’s newest winery, WineSnob*, recently introduced their Wine and Chocolate Pairing. Visit the weekend of February 11-13 for a stellar lineup of Wine Snob* wines, perfectly paired with decadent truffles from Wine Country Chocolates. Yum!
The Sonoma Plaza’s newest winery, Sosie Wines, is offering a stellar package for Chocolate & Bubbles, a kind of Valentine’s Day to-go, including a bottle of their sparkling white, another of their sparkling rosé, plus a bar of bittersweet dark chocolate from a local small-batch chocolatier—all for $78. Add $10 for ground shipping and you can even experience Wine Country from far away. To guarantee delivery by the big day, order by Sunday, Jan 30th.
Sonoma Valley is quaint inns, romantic hotels, as well as many charming guest cottages, and fabulous vacation rentals, making the options for romance almost endless.
Near the Sonoma Plaza, the charming Cottage Inn and Spa creates a cozy, romantic experience for their Valentine’s Day Special, featuring a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and elegantly scattered rose petals in your room.
In Glen Ellen, the Olea Hotel's stand-alone cottages are set among the oak-studded hills that form the Valley of the Moon, a perfect place for a quiet getaway. The Kenwood Inn and Spa will feel like a Mediterranean escape, sitting on more than two peaceful acres, surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and ancient oaks. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is another wine country classic with beautiful grounds, private patios and spectacular dining options including Sante.
North on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa, consider bringing your Valentine to the Flamingo Resort to take advantage of their Dip and Dine with Your Valentine getaway package. This enticing package includes accommodations, a $50 dining credit to savor a romantic dinner at their Lazeaway Club restaurant, a bottle of their signature rosé, Flamingo Bon-Bons, and heart-centered wellness amenities like a dip in their heavenly heated pool and hot tub!
DINNER (or SNACKS) FOR TWO
Downtown Sonoma’s Taub Family Outpost is featuring a sumptuous four-course meal for $95 per person, with such well known aphrodisiacs as Marin Miyagi oysters, scallops, and chocolate mignardises, among other dishes. Be sure to make reservations for this exquisite experience. To take in some music while dining, check out Murphy’s Irish Pub’s Valentine’s Day Dinner, a delicious and hearty three-course meal for $55. For a treat to enjoy in your room or on-the-go, the Sausage Emporium is offering a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Gift Box, complete with cured meats, cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts, strawberries, luxury chocolates, and other luscious treats. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your hotel room in Sonoma.
In addition to those carefully planned menus, the area is in the midst of a dining renaissance. Several new eateries have opened or been reimagined bringing a new energy to the city’s dining scene. A few storefronts away from Taub Family Outpost is the innovative Valley Bar + Bottle. The menu focuses on seasonal produce and the wine list is driven by organic, biodynamic agricultural practices. Chef Michael Mina has brought his first wine country restaurant to Sonoma. The new Wit & Wisdom brings regional California cuisine to The Lodge at Sonoma focusing on products from local farms and purveyors, accompanied by a spectacular selection of wine, beer and cocktails. The name is a nod to Jack London, who lived locally and wrote a collection of essays by the same name.
Craving your favorite Sonoma Valley restaurant, but can’t make it the trip? The Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau has launched a new section of their website to showcase recipes – for food and cocktails – from the area’s best restaurants. If you can’t visit right now, bring a taste of Sonoma Valley into your own kitchen. What’s more romantic than cooking together?