A Day in Sonoma
What is Sonoma?
Sonoma is part of California's wine country. It's right next to Napa (a more familiar name). The tastings in Sonoma are generally less expensive because it's not as well known.
In Napa, you can't get by without spending at least $20/person. In Sonoma, you can get away with free wine tastings (Whaat!?).
Wine country is not all about wine (Whaat!?) - it's actually quite beautiful. Here's a day in Sonoma County.
1. Brunch at Hole in the Wall
This is one of those places where the menu is written very well. Unfortunately, the food is quite heavy. I'd save this place for a hangover. The French toast is great. It's a neat place where you can explore many unique options.
2. Lagunitas Brewery (open til 9 PM)
So I told you that wine country is not all about wine - it's about beer to ;).
You gotta do this at least once. For a brewery- the food is decent.
3. Bike Trail in Sebastpol
You should really work off those calories you just ate. A popular ride is from Santa Rosa to Sebastpol.
4. Wine Tasting
Gary Farrell Vineyard
This place has a beautiful view that you would be charged out the whazoo for if this place was in Napa valley.
Merry Edwards Vineyard
This place allegedly has the best Pinot Noirs in the area. They were pretty good. What wasn't good was that you have to stand while you taste - and it's not a typical lounge-y wine country experience. But- HEY- it's free- so I can't complain.
Beautiful, romantic restaurant. I'd recommend the lamb dish. The owner owns a dog who will sit at your feet and beg for food.