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Sonoma Valley, CA

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Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley

Although the Sonoma Valley may not have quite the cachet of the neighboring Napa Valley, wineries here entice with their unpretentious attitude and, in some cases, smaller crowds. Sonoma's landscape seduces, too, its roads gently climbing and descending on their way to wineries hidden from the road by trees. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Eat, Shop and Relax in the Sonoma Plaza

The 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, leading to California statehood, happened here. Shop boutiques, bakeries and cheese stores, then lounge on the plaza lawns.

Eat, Shop and Relax in the Sonoma Plaza

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A Lazy Day on the Russian River

Head to Healdsburg, rent a canoe and spend an afternoon on the water. Pull over for a picnic, and keep an eye out for herons and river otters.

A Lazy Day on the Russian River

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Good Grief! The Charles M. Schulz Museum!

“Peanuts” fans should plan a pilgrimage to Santa Rosa, hometown of the late cartoonist; see original strips — and a Christo original: “Wrapped Snoopy House.”

Good Grief! The Charles M. Schulz Museum!

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A Park Worth Howling At

Call of the Wild fans will enjoy Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen; visit the cottage where London made his home and wrote for his last 11 years.

A Park Worth Howling At

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Something to Pair Your Wine With

Look closely and you’ll see many Sonoma vineyards side by side with olive groves. Go to Glen Ellen’s Olive Press for a different kind of tasting.

Something to Pair Your Wine With

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Samantha's Pick It’s Not All About Wine

Dempsey’s in Petaluma is the place to relax on the patio and enjoy a pint of one of the microbrews made at this oldest brewery in Sonoma County.

It’s Not All About Wine

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Samantha's Pick Breaking the Bank or on a Budget?

The more upscale hotels of Sonoma are in Healdsburg. If you’re looking for something more affordable try the city of Santa Rosa.

Breaking the Bank or on a Budget?

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Samantha's Pick A Rustic Country French Gem

With its locally sourced menu and warm welcoming vibe there’s no better place to enjoy a taste of Sonoma than at The Girl and the Fig.

A Rustic Country French Gem

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