This Season is the Perfect Time to Gather in Sonoma
Come gather in Sonoma County this holiday and winter season. This bountiful land and its people are ready to set another place at the table, another glass at the wine bar, and share everything there is to be thankful for.
Winter is an ideal opportunity to enjoy special offers on lodgings, tours, and tastings exclusive to this time of year. Experience a wild night in Wine Country at Safari West, celebrate your romance in the redwoods at the Inn at Occidental, and cozy up for the holidays at Villa Terra Nova. While you're here for the holidays, bike through our gorgeous vineyards and enjoy complimentary tastings with Ace It Bike Tours. Learn winemaking techniques and farming practices from the winemakers themselves when you go on an ATV ride at Enriquez Wine Estates or on a hike at Sutro Wine Co.
Dive into the unique history of a land alternately stewarded by the Kashaya Pomo, Coast Miwok, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Russians by visiting the 19th century garrison of Sonoma, in the heart of wine country, and Fort Ross, perched on the northern end of our 55 miles of coastline. The Sonoma coast shines at this time of year. Enjoy expansive beaches and frequently clear, sunny weather. Dungeness crab season, which opens Dec. 15, brings a flurry of activity to the fishing fleets of Bodega Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for whale spouts on the horizon. Their annual migration starts in December.
The holiday season heralds plenty of events to celebrate the bounty of wine country and the gift of being together. Extend your Thanksgiving festivities at Taste Destination 128, the Black Friday Open House set in the vineyards of the Alexander Valley. Meet local artisans and find the perfect gifts for loved ones at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Market in Healdsburg. Continue the cheer into the new year at Wine Road's Winter WINEland in January. If craft beer is more your beverage, be sure to prepare for the internationally-renowned Pliny the Younger Release on Feb. 7, 2020.
There are few better ways to connect with one another than over a good meal, and Sonoma County offers up plenty of farm-fresh opportunities. Here you can learn how to forage your own mushrooms alongside expert mycophagist David Campbell and then cook them up into a four-course luncheon with chef Julie Schreiber. Try your hand at making winter marmalades at Lala's Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand. Break bread with us at Big Bottom Market's Wednesday night Community Dinners or discover your own culinary journey through the county.
Get a taste of the land Sonoma County takes pride in caring for. There's always room for you at the table.