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Your Guide to Quaint Kenwood: Discover one of Sonoma County’s Hidden Gems

Nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, Kenwood offers scenic views and gorgeous stretches of vineyards. Sometimes overlooked by better-known cities like Sonoma and Napa, this quaint little town is a hidden gem. From beautiful nature to some of the best wineries in Northern California, here is your guide to Kenwood.

Visit a Winery

Kenwood is perhaps most known for its many amazing wineries. Here are just a few.

Experience wine tasting at a 1920 chateau surrounded by gorgeous vineyards, lush gardens, and mountain views. It is recommended to reserve ahead before visiting Chateau St. Jean.

Kunde Family Winery has been family-operated for five generations on the 1,850 acre estate. They offer daily wine tasting as well as special events. You can even book a guided hike through the vineyards followed by delicious food and wine.

Get OutsideSugarloaf Mountain

Some of Sonoma County’s best hiking spots are right at your feet. At Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, explore the gorgeous Mayacamas Mountains on over 25 miles of hiking trails. Nearby Hood Mountain Regional Park has 19 miles of trails and boasts the highest peak in the Mayacamas.

Other Attractions

For some amazing stargazing, visit the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The observatory is open to the public on select weekends for stargazing and educational events.

For a relaxing day soaking in the hot springs, check out Morton’s Warm Springs. Relax in the geothermal pools and then hang out to barbeque and play lawn games. General admission is $12 per person.

Wildwood Farm Nursery boasts 250 different Japanese maples, 50 varieties of dogwoods, and more. There are also sculptures from local and nationally known artists on display.

Stay the Night

Stay a few nights in the beautiful Valley of the Moon.

Relax and rejuvenate at the Kenwood Inn & Spa. The Mediterranean-style inn is surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and oak trees. The spa is temporarily closed for renovations. Check back on the website for more information.

For a unique bed & breakfast experience, check out Beltane Ranch in nearby Glen Ellen. This inn is located on 105 acres of farmland including gardens, orchards, and vineyards. Sleep in a rustic farmhouse and wake up to a delicious chef-prepared breakfast.

Summer Young is a senior at Sonoma State University pursuing a Bachelor’s in English. When she’s not in class, you can find her drinking coffee and exploring the world or on instagram @_justaseason_.

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