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Be There or Be Square: A Day in Sonoma

In the heart of Sonoma Valley lies the city of Sonoma, famous for its wine, art, and rich history. Because of its central location, it’s a great place to start your exploration of our beautiful wine country. Here’s your guide to a day in Sonoma.

Spend Some Time in the Square

The iconic Sonoma Plaza, with its adorable shops and picturesque green square is a must-visit. Check out the boutiques, galleries, and artisan shops like Figone’s Olive Oil.

You can also visit the many wine tasting rooms on and near the plaza such as Pangloss Cellars and Adastra Wines.

Hike the Sonoma Overlook Trail

Enjoy Sonoma’s lovely scenery on the Sonoma Overlook Trail. The trail entrance is located in the Mountain Cemetery, just a few minutes north of the Plaza. The leisurely 3 mile hike offers gorgeous views of Sonoma Valley.

Tour General Vallejo’s Home

Sonoma State Historic Park is unique in that it features historical attractions scattered throughout downtown. One of particular significance is the home of General Vallejo, the famous Californio military commander who founded Sonoma. Located just west of the Plaza, General Vallejo’s home is a wooden two story house with gothic Victorian architecture. Look around inside the Vallejo family’s home and spend some time in the pretty gardens.

Farm to Table Food

Ready for dinner? Sonoma is home to some incredible restaurants. You’re guaranteed to find something you like along the Plaza. Here are just two recommendations:

The Girl and the Fig features a full antique bar and French cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. It’s a cozy place to for an amazing meal and some good conversation.

Under acclaimed chef Armando Navarro, El Dorado Kitchen offers seasonal dishes made with fresh local ingredients. Try the house-made fettuccini and the truffle fries and peruse the extensive wine menu.

Here’s the Scoop on Amazing Dessert

After your dinner, head over to Sweet Scoops in the Plaza. This mom and pop shop is well known for its hand crafted ice cream made with local and seasonal ingredients. There are even vegan options and gluten free cones so everyone can enjoy.

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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