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Life Opens Up In Sonoma Wine Country

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Life Opens Up In Sonoma Wine Country Photo: Sonoma County Tourism

TASTE News Service, June18, 2019 — Visit Sonoma County, California, and step into a place that opens up with possibilities; a place to immerse, engage, and connect with each other and to the land.

From gently rolling hills to misty ocean breezes, through paths through ancient redwoods and along meandering rivers and streams — Sonoma County may open your eyes to a different world and set of feelings.

Nothing prepares you for the soul-stirring moment when the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean. Or the cool breeze that caresses your skin as you walk through a redwood forest on a summer's day. Or even the heady aroma when just-picked grapes are gently “crushed” – the first step in creating Sonoma County's wine.

In this home of artisans, you'll find careful attention to craft – whether it's winemaking, brewing, farm-to-fork culinary experiences, visual arts, cheesemaking, producing unique outdoor recreation tours, or creating special touches for guests in each hotel room. 

You can cultivate your own experiences in a place where you are always welcome. Here are some suggestions:

 

Drinkculinary products credit nat and cody sonoma county PicmonkeyA culinary bounty as captured by Nat and Cody for Sonoma County

Sonoma County pours a varietal for almost every palate--From crisp light whites to hearty reds and everything in between. More than 425 wineries within 18 distinct wine-growing areas allow vintners to produce a quite an array of options. And locally crafted beers, ciders, and spirits give friends an excuse to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

 

Eat

Innovative chefs turn the natural bounty found here info culinary magic. Savor this food lover's paradise: With 500-plus restaurants ranging from Michelin- and Zagat-rated stars to casual eateries, there are choices aplenty for food lovers. You can dine in an elegant hotel, a picturesque inn, al fresco in a vineyard, or at a riverfront pub.  Wine Country chefs use local produce, cheeses, olive oils, meats, fish, wines and beers in creating their menus.

Osmosis Spa meditation garden PicmonkeyMeditation garden at Osmosis Spa in Freestone 

Stay

Choose from luxury and full-service resorts, B&Bs tucked among the vines, to charming seaside lodges, or cabins and campgrounds throughout the area.

 

Farms

Sonoma County puts the “culture” in agriculture. Support sustainable agriculture by taking a tour and meeting meet the farmer. It’s an opportunity to learn how local specialties go from the garden to the table. Discover pick-your-own farms or take a dairy tour. Maybe you’ll find out how to source an entire menu from this bountiful area.

 

 

Relax

Refresh your mind and renew your spirit with spa treatments that offer a quiet journey. Many spas offer gardens to enjoy before or after your treatment. Natural thermal springs, prevalent throughout the area, lend healing powers when you're immersed in the water. Nothing connects you to this place more than the fertile earth. Discover a treatment that uses products made from local lavender, goat's milk, honey and grape seeds. With 40-plus spas and wellness centers, Sonoma County can be nonstop relaxation.

 

Nature

The rich, diverse landscape is one of the county’s main attractions. Explore redwood forests, three rivers to kayak or canoe down, and miles of trails to bike.

schulz museum lobby PicmonkeySome familiar faces greet you in the Schulz Museum lobby in Santa Rosa 

Arts

A beautiful natural environment inspires a collection of artists, entertainers, and art makers of every discipline. They have discovered the amazing creative energy that lives here and express its many forms beautifully. Other forms are showcased through theater, music of all genres and even in the written word. There are 120-plus performing arts companies, more than 30 performing arts venues, 83 museums and galleries, and more than 27,000 artists of every discipline. 

 

Coast

More than 50 miles of the Pacific Coast creates Sonoma County's western border. While it's a beautiful drive, take some time to get to know the area by getting out of the car at one of the many state and regional parks that dot the coastline. They’re ideal for relaxing at the beach for the day, taking a hike, camping, planning a romantic picnic, or just sitting and listening to the waves crash. 

 

Family

The rich landscape offers hiking, cycling, and paddling excursions. Fly a kite on the beach. Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which celebrates the Peanuts cartoonist. Train Town offers rail fans a ride on one of the best scale railroads in the country. And, what kid wouldn't enjoy a tour of a sticker factory?

Sonoma County not only inspires you to uncover new experiences — it will inspire you to uncover something new within yourself. A fresh sense of adventure. A renewed connection to nature. And maybe even a rejuvenated approach to living life, which in turn, will inspire others to come and seek out the same. Sonoma County is meant to be savored and enjoyed over time. 

 

Editor’s note: If you’re planning a visit to Sonoma County, you may want to first visit the North Coast section of Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well links to Wineries and Craft Beer specialists. Another good source of information is https://www.sonomacounty.com/.

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