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Vineyard in Sonoma Valley

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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.

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Eat, Shop and Relax in the Sonoma Plaza
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.

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A Lazy Day on the Russian River
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.

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Good Grief! The Charles M. Schulz Museum!
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.”

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A Park Worth Howling At
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.

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Something to Pair Your Wine With
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.

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Breaking the Bank or on a Budget?
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.

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A Rustic Country French Gem
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.

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