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Thirteen distinct wine appellations make up Sonoma County, a region slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. Base a stay in centrally located Santa Rosa or Healdsburg for easy access to both the coast and inland attractions. 

Sonoma Cities and Regions

Northern Sonoma County

The charming town of Healdsburg makes a great home base for exploring Lake Sonoma and the wine regions of Dry Creek Valley (famous for its white zinfandel), Alexander Valley (known for its cabernet), and the Russian River Valley (acclaimed for its pinot noirs).

Russian River Valley

Hiking, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, and other outdoor activities dominate this beautiful, redwood-lined area. Guerneville, on the banks of the river, is a popular gay-friendly resort town.

Central Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County, features fewer wineries but offers mainstream restaurants, museums, antique shopping, and more.

Sonoma Valley

Home to many famous wineries as well as the town of Sonoma, which entices visitors with five-star restaurants, A-list accommodations, and historic buildings in its central plaza. The tiny town of Glen Ellen was home to renowned writer Jack London.

Sonoma Coast

For a taste of the region’s best pinot noirs, chardonnays, and syrahs, head to the small, boutique vineyards along the foggy coast.

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