Sonoma County Adventures-- Beyond Wine Tasting

  • Picturesque Vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley

    Tour the Country Roads for Rustic Charm

    Once you've had your "taste" of wine tasting at some of Sonoma's outstanding wineries,  grab your camera and explore the many back roads of the three valleys that make up the region's Wine Road--Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River. There you will find small family vineyards, quaint country stores, down-home eateries, and plenty of photo opportunities.  

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Bicyclists on Tour of Dry Creek Valley

    Bike Through Some of the Valley's Most Glorious Scenery

    Relatively flat country roads and gorgeous scenery make Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley one of the most popular areas for biking in all of the wine country. Rent a bike and meander through the hills on your own, or take advantage of the expertise of a trained guide as part of an organized bike tour. Several companies offer bike adventures of one or more days in duration that include a drive through this scenic valley and its many famous wineries.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Wojahn, Bicycle Adventures

  • 70 Miles of Pristine Coastline Await the Visitor to Sonoma County

    A Short Ride Brings You to the Dramatic Sonoma Coast

    Visitors from around the world flock to Sonoma County for wine tasting, but many may not realize that a dramatic shoreline awaits those who drive less than an hour to enjoy 70 miles of pristine coastline, perfect for beach strolls, picnics, and hiking.

    Photo courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism

  • Kayakers Glide through the Russian River

    Rollin' Down the Russian River

    This is a perfect tour for those who want to see the Sonoma Wine Country from a different aspect....from the seat of a kayak. Depending on the river's water level, the rapids can provide thrills from mild to exhilarating to white-knuckle. Not to worry though, experienced guides will lead you safely past vineyards, meadows and redwood tree forests on this picturesque journey through the Russian River valley. In Spring, you might even see schools of Chinook salmon spawning in the river.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Getaway Adventures

  • Horseback Riders Among the Vines at Chalk Hill Winery

    Horsin' Around in Sonoma's Picturesque Vineyards

    Riding a fine, gentle steed through the incredible vineyards of Sonoma County is definitely an experience to remember. Several companies offer horseback-riding tours, designed for everyone from the first-time rider to the experienced equestrian. 

    Photo courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism

  • Sonoma County Farmers Market

    Taste Your Way Through Sonoma's Farmers Markets

    This fertile valley produces some of the world's best fruits and vegetables. Farmers Markets are available throughout the week in towns throughout Sonoma, many of them offering not only an opportunity to buy farm-to-table produce, but to enjoy street entertainers, wine tasting, live bands, and the delightful laid-back ambiance that is part of the down-home atmosphere typical of Sonoma Valley.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Enjoy Fresh Crab on the Shores of Bodega Bay

    Visit Bodega Bay for a Crab Feast

    Bodega Bay is to seafood what farm-to-table is to the rest of the culinary scene. Plucked from the sea a few feet away, crabs are served fresh in a wide variety of ways, from succulent crab cakes, creamy salads, and fresh from the pot ready to crack. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

    A Nature Lover's Delight: Sonoma's Towering Redwoods

    Get up close to ancient Coast Redwood trees, some of which are up to 1,000 years old, at the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve in Sonoma County near Sebastopol. The reserve features 805 acres of well-preserved redwood forest, and a variety of nature and hiking trails designed for all levels. Pack a lunch as there are many ideally located picnic areas. Don't miss the Parson Jones Tree, the tallest tree in the grove which, at 310 feet in height, is almost the length of a football field.

    Photo courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism

  • Movie Memorabilia at the Coppola Winery Museum

    Explore An Offer You Can't Refuse at the Coppola Winery Museum

    Godfather movie aficionados can't refuse this offer--free entry to the Movie Gallery at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, a museum of memorabilia surrounding Francis Ford Coppola's movie career, which spans five decades. Highlights include Don Corleone's desk from The Godfather movies, in addition to other memorabilia from the historic film trilogy. Enjoy wine tasting after the tour; during the summer months, the majestic Coppola Winery pool is open for day visitors.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Exquisite gardens of the Ferrari-Carano Estate in Sonoma County

    Stroll Through Sonoma's Spectacular Winery Estates

    Most tasting rooms in the valley are open from 10 am until 4 or 5 pm. Many of the magnificent winery estates, however, invite the public to explore the exquisite grounds, sans tasting, until late afternoon. Depending on the season, this is the golden--and romantic--hour over the valley.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona