1) Waterfalls & Early Wildflowers
Hikes abound in the valley, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has a hidden waterfall that’s especially good after winter rains. Reach it on a short hike through a forest and keep an eye out for some early blooms, like the popcorn wildflower.
2) Sonoma Valley Delicious
Recognized as one of California’s premier culinary destinations, Sonoma Valley is a foodie’s dream (yep, it’s not just the wines winning all the accolades!). The month of January celebrates all things epicurean in Sonoma, and that means you get awesome offers, including prix fixe menus, curated food and wine pairings, signature dishes and cocktails, and more at restaurants, tasting rooms, and wineries! Sonoma Valley Delicious runs January 1–31, 2019. For more inspiration, check out these 10 Memorable Culinary Experiences in Sonoma Valley.
3) Roll Out the Vineyards
Rent a bike and pedal around the historic plaza and beyond. Quiet bike trails and roads lead to historic wineries, like California’s first premium winery, Buena Vista. Make it a point to pedal to some newer tasting rooms like Bedrock Wine Co. in the historic General Hooker House, brought to life by Morgan Twain-Peterson. You can also do a guided bike tour for a more in-depth experience and a yummy lunch.
4) Museum Among the Redwoods
Jack London State Park has a completely modernized interactive museum. The House of Happy Walls has 22 new exhibits featuring the adventurous life of one of America’s most celebrated authors, Jack London, and his wife, Charmian. Take the short hike from the museum to the ruins of London’s dream home, which mysteriously burned down.
5) Secret Garden
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Sonoma Valley is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens in the world thanks to its expansive collection of Asian plants. Stroll its 25 acres and marvel at the scenery and the solitude of this oasis hidden above the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley.
6) Craft Beer & Spirits
Beer and spirits in wine country only work if the craft behind them is truly artisan, grounded locally, and oh so tasty! Venture off Sonoma’s historic plaza to Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. They have refreshing IPAs and Kölsches, along with seasonal specialties. Or head to Cornerstone Sonoma, a beautiful outdoors marketplace with a small, well-curated collection of shops, tasting rooms, artisanal foods, and the creative Sunset art gardens. Take a break and taste handcrafted whiskeys and limoncello at Prohibition Spirits. Finally, take a guided tour of the new Hanson’s Organic Vodka Distillery in the Carneros area and try one of their delicious signature cocktails.