Sonoma

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Grapes steal the spotlight in vino-centric Sonoma, but the county is also chockfull of natural and cultural diversions. Balance out wine tastings and vineyard tours with hot air balloon rides over the hills, visits to iconic authors’ stomping grounds (à la Jack London), and tranquil lakeside hikes.

Things to do in Sonoma

Charles M. Schulz Museum

Current and rotating exhibitions, documentary and cartoon screenings, and original artworks by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, who lived in Santa Rosa.

2301 Hardies Ln., CA, 707-579-4452, www.schulzmuseum.org
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Fort Ross State Historic Park

Experience stunning coastal views and fascinating California history at this early-19th-century Russian trading outpost.

19005 Coast Hwy. One, CA, 707-847-3286, www.fortrossstatepark.org
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Hot Air Ballooning

After soaring high above Sonoma County’s patchwork of vineyards in a hot air balloon, enjoy a gourmet champagne brunch at the Kendall-Jackson winery.

Up & Away Ballooning, Sonoma County Airport, CA, 707-836-0171, www.up-away.com
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Jack London State Historic Park

Explore the museum, surviving buildings, and vast grounds of American author Jack London’s homestead; weekend tours explain the history and ecology of the park.

2400 London Ranch Rd., CA, 707-938-5216, www.jacklondonpark.com
Tags: family | historic | things to do | culture | museum

Kings Hill Cellars

Sort, crush, and press your favorite grape varietal alongside a master winemaker; then design the bottle/label and attend a bottling party. They’ll even store your extra vino for two years.

3404 Kings Hill Rd., CA, 707-538-0404, www.kingshillcellars.com
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Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam

Surrounded by vineyards, this beautiful lake and 18,000-acre park is ideal for hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

3333 Skaggs Springs Rd., CA, www.parks.sonoma.net
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | swimming

Luther Burbank Gardens

Explore the former home, greenhouse, and gardens of notable horticulturist Luther Burbank through self-guided and docent-led tours.

Santa Rosa Ave. at Sonoma Ave., CA, 707-524-5445, www.lutherburbank.org
Tags: family | things to do | museum | gardens

Vintage Aircraft Company

Soar over Sonoma in a vintage open-cockpit biplane; 20- and 40-minute tours are available, starting at $150 for a single passenger.

23982 Arnold Dr., CA, 707-938-2444, www.vintageaircraft.com
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