A First Timer’s Guide To Sonoma County

If it’s your first time in Sonoma County, you’ll find it’s a beautiful place located in California’s Wine Country. It’s one of the leading wine-producing regions in the world, famous for its Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc among others. It’s a wine lover’s dream come true, offering incredible varieties of wine and there are dozens of wine tours in Sonoma from Arlington, Alexandria, and various other places.

If you’re visiting the county for the first time, make the most of your time here. Book a vacation home in Sonoma through our website and find some of our top recommendations for places to visit, foods to try and activities to do:

Where to stay

We’d highly recommend settling into one of the comfortable and fully-furnished vacation rentals because they come with amenities to compete with even the fanciest hotels. You can request a home with a pool or hot tub, game rooms and other entertainment. Plus you can request wine tours, tourist activities and more through our guest services and in-house sommelier.

First Time to Sonoma County: Where to Stay

How to get around

Sonoma is a great place for those who love to walk, but if you’d like to enjoy Wine Country to the fullest, you’ll need a car or some sort of transport to make your way between different towns like Calistoga, Healdsburg and Napa Valley. You can rent-a-car, opt for ride-sharing, hire a personal driver or use the local transit system. Details are available here.

Food places to try

We definitely have our favorite places for food in Sonoma. These include restaurants, both high-end and more rustic types, including:

1. The Girl and The Fig

This lovely establishment has outdoor patio seating, an antique bar and an impressive menu that consists of French delicacies and several kinds of cheese. You can pair it with wine and spend a relaxing day.

First Time to Sonoma County: The Girl and The Fig

2. Sunflower Caffe

Another local favorite, this is the perfect place for lunch and breakfast. It’s a historic landmark with some great organic and seasonal dishes, wine and coffee!

3. LaSalette

With classic North Californian and Portuguese eclectic dishes on their menu, this is a centrally located hotspot that’s very popular with tourists and locals alike.

4. El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

Can’t decide between indoor or outdoor seating? Head to El Dorado, the award-winning restaurant that serves local cuisine.

First Time to Sonoma County: El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

Wine tours to join

We offer personalized wine tours to guests, but in addition to these, you can head out to the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, San Francisco Helicopters Food and Wine Tour and others that tickle your fancy. Reach out to our in-house sommelier to learn more!

Book a WIne Tour

Outdoor activities

If you love the outdoors, you can enjoy different activities like bird watching, hikes and bike tours of the town, spending time in the gorgeous weather and enjoying all the natural and historical views.

If Sonoma isn’t on your bucket list yet, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and visit!