Taste, Explore and Stay in Sonoma Sonoma is an area of world class beauty and taste and deserves your visit. BY TOURING & TASTING
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A couple enjoys the RV campgrounds at Petaluma KOA.
“ The luxurious Mission Suites include four-poster beds, refurbished living rooms, and soaking tubs for two.”
Sonoma, California is a magical place that's rich with agriculture and adventure. There are many places to stay and even more to taste. A day-trip is convenient from the Bay Area, but you'll more than likely wish you had booked several days for time to more fully explore the region and sample the offerings. We've put together a quick list of places to stay, visit and taste—plus a convenient way to travel around.
Rated one of the top RV campgrounds in California, this beautiful campground offers 312 spacious sites on 70 acres and the best in family, group, and big rig RV camping. It’s located 34 freeway miles from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and just minutes from Sonoma wineries. Guided tours of wine country and San Francisco depart from KOA from May to October. Enjoy Napa and Sonoma wine countries, giant redwoods, beaches, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Sonoma Raceway, Lagunitas Brewing Company, artisan cheese farms, world-class golf courses, and the Premium Outlets Mall. Summer fun at KOA includes a rec program, rock wall, Jumping Pillow, pool and spa, mega playground, karaoke, hayrides, and live weekend entertainment. Pool open from April to October. Max pull thru: 60 feet. Your hosts: Chris “Woody” and Pauline Wood.
20 Rainsville Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Sonoma Valley Inn
The charming Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn has been owned by one family for three generations. It is set in an ideal location, just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza. Sonoma Valley Inn is designed around a serene garden courtyard and features a heated saltwater pool, steam room, and covered hot tub. Guest rooms offer wood-burning fireplaces, upgraded bathrooms, and private balconies or patios. The luxurious Mission Suites include four-poster beds, refurbished living rooms, and soaking tubs for two. The Krug Event Center has a range of flexible venues for small meetings and group gatherings. Sonoma Valley Inn brings a taste of Tuscany to the heart of Sonoma wine country and provides a peaceful escape for all of its guests.
Set on seven acres of splendid gardens filled with fountains, hedgerows, and original sculptures, MacArthur Place is a luxurious retreat just a few blocks from vibrant Sonoma Plaza. In the 19th century the property was part of a lush 300-acre estate. It has been beautifully transformed into an enchanting oasis offering a variety of individually appointed rooms and suites, the serene Garden Spa, and Saddles Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant that has earned The Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. MacArthur Place is arranged in a conclave of charming buildings connected by flagstone walkways. Ten guest rooms are located in the property’s original 1850s residence. The inn’s suites offer fireplaces, king-size beds, flat-panel televisions, and other modern amenities.
Family owned and operated since 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is located southwest of the town of Sonoma. Known for producing elegant European-style Pinot Noir, the winery also produces superb Bordeaux varietals. Guests can sample the wines in the tasting room and take a free, self-guided vineyard tour. Advance appointments are necessary for the cave tour, which is fascinating.
SOMMELIER PICKS '16 Sauvignon Blanc - $20
A bouquet of nectarine and grapefruit zest, kiwi, lime and grapefruit
'12 Merlot - $30
Spicy bouquet, deep cherry, blackberry and spice
'13 Late Harvest Riesling - $30
Apricot, spiced pears, high residual sugar content
Sonoma County’s first olive mill, The Olive Press has become the nation’s most highly awarded olive oil producer. The company is committed to quality through every step of the production process. Consumer education and satisfaction are also top priorities. Located at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, the Sonoma tasting room offers an array of enticing samples.
A personalized tour just for you. Sit back, relax, and ride in the comfort of Jill Leone’s fully loaded luxury vehicle! Jill will show you the intimate backroads and the hidden treasures of this breathtaking landscape that is Sonoma wine country. You will learn more about wine as you hear fun stories, visit boutique wineries, and enjoy picnics in the vineyards, all at a very competitive rate.