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Napa’s more low-key sister valley, Sonoma, is a haven for fantastic wines, memorable boutique hotels and acclaimed restaurants. The county encompasses a number of wine-producing valleys, including the Russian River, Alexander, Dry Creek and Sonoma valleys, and thanks to its climate, the region is particularly beloved by Pinot Noir connoisseurs.

  • Perfect for
    Romantics | Foodies | Families
  • When to go
    March-May | June-August | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    Courtesy Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

    3 Days: Essential Sonoma

    Often grouped with neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma offers more down-to-earth wineries, but the bucolic county conveys a deep sense of authenticity and delivers some spectacular experiences, including a few that will even keep children and teenagers entertained. Here is just one example of what our specialists can create for you.

    • Day 1: Wineries

      Experience the best of Sonoma with a customized itinerary that includes private vineyard tours, wine tastings and special access. Indagare experts can match you with the perfect wineries for your tastes and interests, including visits to wineries that offer family-friendly activities.

    • Day 2: Culinary Immersion

      Enjoy a personalized cooking class at the Ramekins Culinary School, shop for premium organic olive oil at McEvoy Ranch, learn about locally grown food at the Healdsburg Shed and savor the delicious cuisine from Sonoma’s best restaurants, like Farmhouse Inn’s spectacular restaurant.

    • Day 3: Active Excursion

      Visitors of all ages can enjoy the outdoor activities offered in Sonoma, including famous bike paths and kayaking and canoeing on the Russian River. Other options include a visit to the nine-acre Cornerstone Gardens―the first gallery-style garden in the U.S., showcasing imaginative landscape installations―and the Sonoma State Historic Park, which houses the celebrated Sonoma Mission.

Where To Stay

We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.

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Indagare's Amelia Osborne Scott
“In all wine regions, but particularly Sonoma, one is struck by the appreciation that vintners have for the contributions to grape growing of both nature (weather, water, soil) and man (seed cultivation, root grafting).”
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Indagare Insider and co-founder of Shed, Cindy Daniel
“We try to connect the dots for people: that relationship between how your food is grown, the love and attention you put into cooking it and eating it and the benefits of eating good food. Education is so important to what we are doing here.” Read the interview.

What To Read

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