Long Weekend in Wine Country, Sonoma County

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Even if wine isn't your jam, there is so much to do in Sonoma County. Of course, there are dozens of wonderful wineries to explore but this little pocket of Northern California offers so much more. From farm-to-table restaurants to outdoor adventures, you'll soon discover why this quainter enclave is favored over some of the flashier towns in the area.

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Day 1: Toast to your arrival

two bottles of red wine sit on a barrel in front of a winery

Arrive in Sonoma Country and check into your accommodations before heading out to start your wine tasting adventure with a visit to Scribe Winery. Situated just outside of the main square, you'll feel your stress melt away as you cruise along the palm tree lined driveway to the Spanish hacienda. Grab a picnic lunch and a bottle of Pinot Noir and settle in to the hilltop lounge chairs.

After lunch, head to the nearby Artesa Winery, which is known for its sparkling wines and Pinot Noir. Grab a glass of bubbly and toast to your first day in the Valley.

In the evening, enjoy a farm-to-table dinner at Farmhouse Inn, the perfect wine country hideaway that is family run and oozes charm around every corner.

Day 2: Vineyard hike

a vineyard is ahead on a dirt road through a clearing of trees

Start your day with a delicious leisurely breakfast at The Girl & The Fig. The croque monsieur is legendary but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

After brunch, head over to Bartholomew Park Winery and set out for a hike. This offers a 3-mile hiking trail that winds through the vineyards, oak groves, and the Bartholomew Park. Once you've made it back, head into the winery for a tasting. You've earned it!

After lunch, enjoy the pool and soak up the California sunshine. Once rejuvenated, make your way to Valley Bar + Bottle for delicious simple food driven by seasonal produce and an casual ambiance that feels like you are at your very stylish friend's home.

Day 3: Valley adventures

bright yellow flowers with vines poking through in a vineyard at the foot of hills

To end your trip in the most magical way, rise before the sun and head out on a balloon ride over the valley. You'll be amazed by the bright oranges and purples as the sun lights up the vineyards and mountains below. If heights aren't your thing, you can enjoy a bike tour of the area with Sonoma Valley Bike Tours.

End your day by visiting the famous and historical Buena Vista Winery, which is California's oldest premium winery and offers a unique cave tour and tasting experience.

After a relaxing afternoon, grab dinner at the 100% vegetarian restaurant, Little Saint. The decor and dishes are the perfect companions to the weekend you'll wish doesn't have to come to an end.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, Local's Guide to a Relaxing Palm Springs Getaway.

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