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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:32

Sonoma – What to Know Before You Go

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TASTE News Service, March 31, 2017 - Located in Northern California just a short drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a blend of stunning scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and the food and wine that make this region famous.

Whether your goal is to savor food and wine pairings at renowned wineries, explore the more than 50 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, picnic under towering redwood trees, shop unique local galleries and boutiques, or discover other Sonoma County delights, here are a few things you might want to know before visiting Sonoma Wine Country.

What to Pack Sonoma County's moderate temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even in winter. The county typically gets about 25 to 30 inches of annual rainfall, mainly from November through April.

However, microclimates are part of what make Sonoma County such a great place to grow wine grapes, and some areas of the county can be much cooler, warmer, or windier than others. When the inland areas heat up in the summer, the coastal regions can remain cool. The weather can be changeable, and a chilly, foggy summer morning anywhere in the county can heat up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or more) by 2 p.m.

It's best to wear layers. Jeans, khakis or shorts, T-shirts, comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, and a medium-weight jacket are good for daytime sightseeing. Wine Country casual — like business casual, but with the laid-back, country feeling of a vineyard — is typical for evenings out.

Getting to Sonoma County Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS), named after long-time Santa Rosa resident Charles M. Schulz (creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip), offers a hassle-free airport environment with shorter lines, easy affordable parking, and ground transportation connections, including rental cars.

Sonoma County Airport has flights from Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle on Alaska Airlines; from Las Vegas on Allegiant Air; from Phoenix-Sky Harbor on American Airlines (Sky West); San Francisco on United (United Express); or via a transfer from another Alaska, Horizon, or American Airlines flight.

For those flying into other airports, Sonoma County is about 75 miles north of either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports, or about 120 miles west of Sacramento International (SMF). Sonoma County Airport Express offers frequent round-trip service daily to SFO and OAK in Wi-Fi-enabled buses.


Editor’s note: If you’re planning a visit to include Sonoma County, first visit the North Coast listings of Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Wineries and Craft Beer specialists.

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