Cozy Hotel Close to California Wineries
Just a block from Best Western Plus 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 Plus, you’ll be just 20 minutes from the world-famous vineyards of Napa Valley.
The hotel is family friendly and spacious. You can spend time soaking in the heated saltwater pool and gazebo-covered hot tub, or enjoy views of the central courtyard from your guest room’s private balcony. One of the rooms featured in this deal has a seating area facing a wood-burning fireplace; another option comes with a spacious suite. This getaway also includes either two passes for wine tastings at Sonoma vineyards or a Taste of Sonoma package including chocolates, olive oil, and wine as well as complimentary tastings at some of the businesses that produce them.
Sonoma Valley, California: Relaxed Wine Country and Majestic Redwoods
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley was named TripAdvisor's top wine destination in 2012. The mild climate allows vintners to grow cool-weather varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay, but some areas of the valley are ideal for growing hot-weather vines, too.
Follow 17 miles of country roads connecting the sleepy hamlet of Kenwood to the Carneros appellation, and you'll find more than 40 boutique wineries, most of them small and family owned. Many are tucked into oak forests and wildflower meadows. Compared to the neighboring Napa Valley (about 17 miles from the hotel), Sonoma feels a little more relaxed and remote. The wineries here are generally secluded, and tasting rooms tend to be uncrowded—even on weekends.
Even if you aren't visiting for the vineyards, Sonoma Valley's gentle climate and diverse natural landscape make it worth the trip. Hiking trails wind past redwood trees as high as skyscrapers, and the Russian River provides prime canoeing opportunities.