Comfortable Hotel Close to California Wineries
Just a block from the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn, you’ll find the 8-acre Sonoma Plaza, a National Historic Landmark. It was the site of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt and houses the Mission San Francisco Solano, which was built in 1823. Many consider the vineyards in the area the birthplace of California winemaking, a tradition that continues today in Sonoma Plaza’s many wine-tasting rooms. While staying at the Best Western, you’ll also be just 20 minutes from the world-famous vineyards of Napa Valley.
The hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway. You can spend time soaking in the heated saltwater pool and gazebo-covered hot tub, or cuddle up in front of your room's wood-burning fireplace. This getaway also includes two VIP passes for wine tastings at select Sonoma Valley vineyards.
Sonoma Valley, California: Relaxed Wine Country and Majestic Redwoods
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley is best known for its wine. The mild climate here allows winemakers to grow cool-weather varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay. But the valley has a varied landscape; some areas are prime for growing hot-weather vines, too.
Follow 17 miles of country roads that connect the sleepy hamlet of Kenwood to the Carneros appellation and you'll find more than 40 boutique wineries, most small and family owned. Many are tucked amid oak forests and wildflower meadows. Compared to its neighbor Napa Valley (about 15 miles away), Sonoma feels a little more relaxed and remote: the wineries here are generally more secluded from one another than those in Napa, and tasting rooms tend to be less crowded, even on the weekends.
Even if you aren't visiting for the vineyards, Sonoma Valley's gentle climate and diverse natural landscape make it worth a visit. Hiking trails wind past redwood trees as high as skyscrapers, and popular excursions are canoeing on Russian River and sightseeing at the craggy Pacific coastline and its unspoiled beaches.