Best Things To Do in Sonoma Valley (beyond wine and food)

You can’t possibly get bored in Sonoma Valley! There are many, many activities beyond the obvious ones of enjoying the excitement of the wine and food scene in Sonoma Valley. Take a cooking class! Or, a cheesemaking, jewelry, or yoga class. Want the big picture? Soar above the valley in a vintage bi-plane. How about that urge you have had all these years to get behind the wheel of a race car? And don’t forget to bring your bike along as you can spend days cycling around the valley. Or, bring that pile of books that you’ve been meaning to read the last year and cozy up by the fire on a winter’s day. Hikers will appreciate the many trails up into the hills where you are rewarded with spectacular views all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Whatever you end up doing, you can bet it will be something to write home about.

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View all posts in Activities for Children Sonoma Valley offers visitors many parks and events the whole family will enjoy. Although our wine tasting culture is a very adult pastime, there are dozens of kid-friendly places to explore including historic sites such as the Sonoma Mission and Barracks.
View all posts in Art Museums & Gardens Sonoma celebrates art throughout the year with many museums, galleries, and working art studios to explore. You will find many of them around the Plaza in the center of town. Check out the Best in Sonoma Events Calendar for Sonoma Valley events featuring the arts. Exhibits at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Broadway offer works of local and national artists and sponsors lectures and workshops related to their exhibitions.
View all posts in Awesome Walks & Hikes Whether you hike for exercise, recreation, or to take in a spectacular view, there is a good selection of choices in Sonoma. These walks and hikes are ordered more or less in order of both proximity to Sonoma Plaza and difficulty.
View all posts in Day Spa & Fitness Clubs No wine country vacation is complete without a bit of pampering! Choose from a very wide selection of spa options from basic to esoteric including a mud wrap; hot stone massage; a dip in a Watsu pool; facial, oxygen treatment, and waxing.
View all posts in Farmers Markets & Stands You don't need to look far to find organic produce in Sonoma Valley. From roadside stands to weekly farmers' markets to food markets, a full array of fresh local produce is readily available.
View all posts in Golf, Swim, Race, Ride, More There are oodles of activities from which to choose. Join a bocce ball game; ride horses through the vineyards; watch a NASCAR race; or take the kids to a hot springs pool.
View all posts in Sonoma History & Landmarks Sonoma Valley is chockfull of historical sites, most of which are either on the Plaza or within walking distance of it. Park your car and enjoy the walk from one historic site to the next, including the famous Mission, Barracks, and General Vallejo's home. Further north, visit the 800-acre Jack London State Park which houses a museum, London’s grave and the ruins of the “Wolf House,” his dream house, which was destroyed by fire in 1913.
View all posts in Live Music, Theatre and Movies Most live entertainment in Sonoma Valley takes place on the weekends in several small venues. Check online listings for current schedules for each venue. Tickets for special events sell out quickly.

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