After our whirlwind of festivities in Napa Valley came to an end, we continued our vacation in nearby Sonoma Valley. I enjoyed staying in Napa but in truth, Sonoma is much more my pace. A little more country, a little more relaxing. We stayed at an Airbnb close to Sonoma Plaza, the historic downtown center lined with artisan boutiques among relics of the past.
In 1835 General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo established the plaza to serve as a Mexican military base until it was occupied and declared a Republic of California, in 1846. One of the original counties since California achieved statehood in 1850, Sonoma has since grown into a legendary winery destination.
Within the plaza lies Sonoma State Historic Park, where visitors can view the Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma Barracks, and the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen.
After enjoying the Sonoma Plaza and its inner park grounds, it was time to check into our Airbnb. After a quick stop to grab a hot bar dinner at Whole Foods, we settled in for the night.
Traveling with my sister in law means I have a dedicated early morning walking partner. Our husbands both tend to sleep in, so it is nice to have someone to enjoy my morning walks with! We met up for coffee at Sonoma’s Best and spent the next hour or so wandering around the countryside.
Vineyards are literally everywhere in Sonoma, and during our walk we passed by several. Along the way, we visited the stunning entrance of Buena Vista Winery to admire its grand, mid-1800s architecture. Touted as the state’s first premium winery, Buena Vista is a California Historic Landmark. Visit their website to see a timeline of Buena Vista’s fantastical history.
Lindsay and Caleb stayed in an incredible farmhouse Airbnb on the other side of town. We visited several times to feed the locals some apples and other available treats.
Up next, I’ll share a little bit about our visits to Duckhorn and Nickel & Nickel Wineries.