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Friday, October 11, 2013

Ten things you should do on your visit to Sonoma County

Following are a few items every visitor should experience. As you can see it'll take more than a couple days to work your way through the list, but it's worth multiple trips if that's what it takes!

Drink Champagne
Okay, we can't call it Champagne, but visit Gloria Ferrer, Iron Horse, or J Winery for some bubbles.

Visit a hilltop winery to experience the view
Paradise Ridge and Sbragia are the best, but Armida, Gary Farrell, Gloria Ferrer, Iron Horse, Stryker, and Twomey aren't bad either.

Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean
The Sonoma Coast has unrivaled views. Just remember some evenings, especially in mid-summer, can be foggy. While you're waiting for sunset go horseback riding, look for whales, fly a kite, or visit a Russian fort at Ft. Ross.
The last California mission -- in Sonoma

Visit the redwoods
The old growth sequoias in Armstrong Redwoods State Park can be 300 feet tall and over 1,000 years old.

Walk around the town of Sonoma
The central plaza is bordered by numerous stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and history.

Visit Sonoma Raceway
aka Infineon or Sears Point
Check their schedule (and the schedule for the Russell Racing school) and see if anything is going on.

Visit a brewery
Yes, Sonoma County has some of the top breweries in the country.

Relax at a spa
Spend a half-day getting pampered.

Sample artisan cheese
Southern Sonoma and northern Marin Counties have a cheese trail.

Check out the local art
Every town seems to have at least a half dozen art galleries plus several wineries display artworks.