Favorite Things to Do in Sonoma County
I grew up there but I didn't really start to appreciate it until I moved away. Napa is nice, but in my opinion, Sonoma County is tops.
- •Get a beer flight and pizza at the Russian River Brewing CompanyThe most important thing you need to know about this place is that it is where Pliny the Elder (and once a year, Pliny the Younger!) comes from. They make super-hoppy beers and chocolatey stouts, along with fantastic pizza.
- •Go for a hike at Annadel State ParkWhether you're an avid trail runner or a high school student looking for a place to smoke pot, Annadel is where it's at. Note: on hot days, bring plenty of water and sunscreen because there is limited shade.
- •Sonoma Taco ShopThis may be for purely sentimental reasons,as it was the location of many a brother sister lunch. That being said this local Taqueria has authentic delicious Mexican food that's both healthy and affordable. I have many a fond memory of ordering Connie Asada soft tacos will my sister munched on a bean and cheese burrito and we both rolled arise over the latest ridiculous thing our parents recently said.Suggested by @jgmosko
- •Taste olive oil at The Olive PressTruly some of the finest olive oil available in California, and tasting is free. Be sure to also try the fig balsamic they sell.
- •Taste wine at Cline CellarsRight across the street from The Olive Press. Big Break Zin and Cashmere are my favorites.
- •Do a food and wine pairing at Mayo Family Reserve RoomBy appointment only but very reasonably priced and tasty.
- •Walk down Main Street in SebastopolQuirky, hippie-driven shops and great vintage stores.
- •Spend the day in Bodega BayA sleepy beach town filled with artists and surfers. Lots of interesting antiques on the main drag, salt water taffy, and lovely beaches.
- •Eat clam chowder at Lucas WharfWhile you're in Bodega, get a bowl of creamy clam chowder at this iconic, old-school seafood restaurant, overlooking the water. The fish and chips are good too.
- •Lunch or dinner at The Girl and the FigThis is non-negotiable. It's Sonoma eating at its best. Buy some fig jam to take home with you afterwards.
- •Lunch at El Molino CentralSome of the best Mexican food I have ever had. Tortillas are handmade and ingredients are local and organic.
- •Walk around downtown PetalumaLots of great coffee, shops and antiques. Very, very cute.
- •The Sonoma County Fair and/or The Harvest FairIf you're in town in summer or fall, check these out. A great way to spend the day.
- •Get coffee at Flying Goat CoffeeDark roasted coffees, delicious espresso with great foam art. Really good pastries. Cool vibe.
- •Copperfields Books and MusicThere are several locations but the Santa Rosa one is my favorite. I spent hours here every weekend when I was a kid. Great selection of mainstream, current stuff, as well as more obscure and local picks.