Go Beyond The Bottle And Experience Sonoma Like Never Before

July 20, 2018  |  

Sonoma County’s coastal location makes for great wineries, plentiful farms, gorgeous views and lush scenery. Just a short drive north of San Francisco, it’s the ideal location for a weekend getaway that leaves visitors feeling like they really got away from it all. Not sure how to plan a quick trip to wine country that will leave you feeling revived? Here are our recommendations for accommodations, libations, and more.

Restful Accommodations

Rest easy in sleek and modern accommodations at h2hotel and its neighbor, Harmon Guest House. Both hotels’ decor is warm and inviting, emphasizing wood, water, and light. Every room in h2hotel features a patio or balcony along with built-in, space-saving furniture in cool modern designs that really open up the room. A tranquil pool within the property beckons your call at the end of a long day.

The Harmon Guest House celebrates local artists’ work along its walls while guests enjoy an interior courtyard and rooftop deck, plus a creekside park. While h2hotel and Harmon Guest House are distinctive in design, they are inseparably linked by their calm aesthetics.

Creative Culinary Experiences

Numerous local eateries and bars offer exceptional food and drink in Sonoma County. The h2hotel’s Spoonbar celebrates regional and seasonal flavors in its cuisine. Guests enjoy open-air dining in nice weather and there are special events featuring wine and food year-round.

Head out to nearby Sebastopol, CA, for the Barlow Marketplace and check out the creative menu of the award-winning Zazu Kitchen + Farm. The tables are graced by their own bounty of fruits, vegetables, meats, and more, with classical American and Northern Italian influences in a modern style. 

Mateo’s Cucina Latina in Healdsburg, CA, spotlights global flavors recreated with locally sourced ingredients. And Duke’s Spirited Cocktails emphasizes locally-made wines, spirits, and liquors, complemented by curated selections of food from across the country and around the world. Patrons choose from bar or table seating and small plates for sharing enhance the neighborhood experience.

Wonderful Wineries

No trip to Sonoma County would be complete without touring the wineries. Two of the best are the legendary Kendall-Jackson estate and relative newcomer, La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard. Both properties are committed to the highest standards of wine-making and offering dynamic and interesting programs for visitors. 

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens in Fulton, CA, is supported by wine-makers, a pastry chef, and a master culinary gardener, among others. The winery hosts specialized wine pairing events with cheese and chocolate, or a five-course meal with farm-to-table freshness. Special events include wine tastings and estate tours. Kendall-Jackson was Wine Enthusiast Magazine‘s winery of the year in 2017 and the winery’s long-loved Vintner’s Reserve Wines series debuted a new style Rosé in February. The annual Heirloom Tomato Festival reinvented itself as Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration this past October and it features food, drink, entertainment, education, music, and more. 

Up and coming La Crema at Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor, CA, is an historic site in Russian River Valley. The lovingly restored barn maintains its historic charm with the upgrade of modern amenities. Wine drinkers know La Crema for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and the new Monterey Pinot Noir Rosé, which debuted in 2017.  Guests enjoy the patio for gatherings like wine flights and wine-and-cheese pairings and they may also arrange for private vineyard tours via golf cart or visit the vineyard’s tasting room in Healdsburg.

Sonoma County’s culinary pleasures and serene accommodations make it truly a one-of-a-kind trip that’s a feast for the body and soul.

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