For wine lovers, food lovers, nature lovers and lovers just looking for a serene scene to relax and unwind Sonoma is the place to be! Just an hour north of San Francisco Sonoma, also known as the Valley of the Moon, has something for everyone!
It wasn’t that long ago that this area was devastated by fires so with that in mind we are paying tribute to this delightful community.
There are a lot of spots for a great cup of coffee in Sonoma but none as fun as Scooteria. You can sit in their outdoor cafe or pull up in your car where someone will take your order and bring your drink right to you.
The wonderful vintage atmosphere of Scooteria will have you coming back for more!
Jack London Historic State Park
I have visited Sonoma on many occasions and never knew about this majestic park. With 1400 acres of trails and breathtaking vistas you will forget that you are anywhere near civilization — Simply Spectacular!
Buena Vista Winery
There is no shortage of wineries to visit so we chose The Buena Vista Winery because of its historical significance. Founded in 1857 it’s the oldest commercial winery in California. It’s a little kitschy with its paper cutouts of characters that line the entrance but it’s original stone building is worth the trip!
Girl & The Fig
And just like the wineries in Sonoma there is no scarcity of fantastic restaurants. We stopped at the Girl and the Fig for cocktails, steak tartare and an arugula salad with toasted pecans, figs and port vinaigrette—a true palate pleaser!
Walk Around the Square
After lunch we took a walk around the square where there are plenty of shops, a movie theatre and ice cream. What more could you want?
Crisp Bake Shop
To be a great town you must have a great bakery and Crisp is just that!
You will find it just a few minutes drive past the square. Let me recommend the banana nut bread
Corner Stone Market Place
The Cornerstone Market Place is full of eclectic shops and more tasting rooms. But the best part of this space is the whimsical gardens. The wind kicked up as we strolled through the pinwheels and cactus garden where storm clouds made of metal netting and crystals simulated a cloudburst.
Anytime is a good time for a glass of champagne so it’s off to Gloria Ferrer which sits atop a stunning vista. This is a wonderful spot to just hang out and relax so we did just that.
El Molino Mexican Restaurant
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good meal in Sonoma. We stopped at El Molino for fish tacos and some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had!
Around the Square
We took a walk around the square where there are plenty of shops, a movie theatre, restaurants and ice cream. In addition to that you can always find—you guessed it— wine and Cheese!
Sonoma Historic Park
Also along the square is Sonoma’s Historic Park.Take a stroll through the grounds and check out the black and white murals, rustic barracks and old hotel which look very much the way they did in the 1800’s. This is also the site of the short-lived Bear Flag Revolt.
Afterwards have a seat on one of the benches and take in the sun.
Mission San Francisco Solano
Don’t miss the Mission San Francisco Solano which was the last mission built in California. The chapel is charming and decorated in typical Spanish style.
Sigh—a very elegant champagne bar. The walls are covered with great champagne quotes to amuse you and the selection of bubbly is extensive. It was still early so we had the place almost to ourselves.
We headed off to the Sonoma Grille for their happy hour menu where we dined on flatbread, caesar salad and calamari—a wonderful end to our cruise through the Valley of the Moon.