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Monday, September 22, 2014

Visiting Sonoma County this Autumn?

If you have the opportunity to visit this fall here's a few "not to miss" things. This really is the best time of year to visit Sonoma County. Why? See below.

Autumn is harvest time and not just for the grapes. There's lots of local produce, too, so check out a farm-to-table restaurant. The more well-known ones are Barndiva, Farmhouse Inn, Girl & the Fig, and Zazu. FYI, my wife's favorite is Rosso Pizzeria's Caprese Salad when the vine-ripened tomatoes are in.

The Gravenstein apple rules west Sonoma County, at least it did until Pinot Noir moved in. You can still find Gravensteins at local markets. Kozlowski Farms makes great cider and apple pies.

There are lots of events going on in the fall. The main one is the Sonoma County Harvest Fair the first weekend of October. The bigger events are listed in an earlier blog post. Quite a few wineries host their own harvest parties or dinners, also.

It's a great time to be outdoors as the weather is usually excellent. The Sonoma coast, often cool and foggy in the summer, really sparkles in the autumn. Like fall colors? Check out the vineyards! A National Geographic article says Sonoma County is the best place to see the fall colors. Peek season is usually late-Oct to mid-Nov.

This is also the time to see, and smell, the grape harvest. Experience the bounty of Sonoma County.

Dry Creek Valley in early November