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Napa’s more low-key sister valley, Sonoma is a haven for fantastic wines, especially Pinot Noirs, memorable boutique hotels and acclaimed restaurants.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in the hip Hotel Healdsburg in one of Sonoma’s most charming towns
  • Experience…the local bounty on the menu at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen
  • Splurge…on some top vintages at Healdsburg’s Wine Shop
  • Eat…at the rustic chic Glen Ellen Star
  • Drink…Pinot Noirs at one of the Russian River Valley wineries
  • Savor…a bike ride through the rolling hills of Sonoma
  • Visit…the area’s gorgeous parks and gardens
  • See…the charming towns of Healdsburg, Glen Ellen and Sonoma
  • Shop…for everything food related at the glass walled Shed
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries.

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Lay of the Land

“On the elevated sections of the road they felt the cool, delicious breeze from the Pacific forty miles away; while from each little dip and hollow came warm breaths of autumn earth, spicy with sunburnt grass and fallen leaves and passing flowers.”
~Jack London

Often grouped together with sister wine country Napa, Sonoma is actually the largest of the counties that surround San Francisco. Bordering Marin county to the south and Mendocino to the north, Sonoma lies between Napa and the Pacific Ocean, which forms its western border. It encompasses a number of wine-producing valleys, including the Russian River, Alexander, Dry Creek and Sonoma valleys. Thanks to its climate, the region is particularly beloved by Pinot Noir connoisseurs. The important wine country towns to know are, from north to south: Healdsburg, Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Sonoma.

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