With the number of wine shops and tasting rooms in the historic Sonoma Plaza, it's easy to become overwhelmed. That's where Sonoma on the Spot comes in. After determining your wine and tour preferences, the company will design a personalized roster of tastings and tour stops that highlight Sonoma County's best wines while veering toward the varietals you like best. Tours are led by wine educators from the Carneros Wine Alliance who maintain personal relationships with many of the Plaza's wine rooms, a perk that helps their customers snag special tastings and other extras that might not usually be extended to the public. Of course, no tasting would be complete without a bite to eat—each experience includes a complementary chocolate or cheese pairing.
Ramekins offers cooking classes from award-winning chefs in a beautiful, European-style villa in the heart of wine country. During each three-hour cooking class, up to 12 fledgling gourmands prepare and eat a multicourse meal under the careful tutelage of a crack team of expert chefs using essential culinary techniques, such as meat seasoning, soup simmering, and chopping thrown tomatoes cleanly in twain.
Maxwell Fun Center gathers families together for hours of memory-making fun on a picturesque 18-hole course. The miniature greens evoke a sense of local pride, featuring shrink-rayed townsfolk bustling amid lifelike replicas of Sonoma's historical mission and city hall. Though today's Groupon is only valid for golfing, putters can celebrate a successful outing with a tasty ice cream at Maxwell Fun Center's snack bar or regain lost mojo after an astronomically high stroke count by heading to the nearby arcade to play skee-ball and air hockey or flirt outrageously with Ms. Pac-Man.
During a one-hour wine and cheese tasting, palates take flight across four of B.R. Cohn's flagship wines, each paired with a specific selection of Sonoma County artisan cheese. Sonoma, an area known for producing rich, flavorful wines and equally delicious edibles, is the lovechild of the best parents nature has to offer. Its fields benefit from nourishing underground hot springs—a key factor in fending off frost—and a bounty of sunshine resulting from nearby, coastal-fog-clearing mountains. In honor of this natural wonder, tasters can focus deeply during their visit, mentally honoring the complex process and flavor of each nibble and waft. Allow the sensorial waves to hit your brain's jubilation receptors like a vengeance-driven baseball bat into the side of a luxury mystery-mobile.
More than 20 years of photography experience grants PhotoArts Marin's Glen Graves more than just an eye for an ideal snapshot. His skill with traditional film cameras, lighting, and composition elements imbues his photos with a quality that has drawn the attention of such clients as Ford, US Air, and Architectural Digest. When not capturing boudoir portraits or smiling families during photo shoots, Glen can be found in the classroom teaching aspiring photographers the tricks of the trade, from using dynamic angles to frame a subject to how saying “cheese” banishes spirits intent on photobombing.
While physical fitness requires a lifetime of commitment, Jody Lucas cuts down the scheduling strain by toning bodies in a mere 30 to 60 minutes, three days a week. Through 1 Hour Fitness Petaluma, Jody and trainers teach clients essential exercises in four silos of fitness: core, balance, cardio, and strength. They combine and blend those exercises in 30- to 60-minute classes, conveniently held throughout the week. Members can stop the gym anytime to repeat the regimen, assured of technique coaching and music-swelling pep talks from the trainers who constantly roam the floor.