Perfect Sonoma Staycation: Discover Our Top Picks and Tips 

In need of a relaxing getaway but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further than a Sonoma staycation! This hidden gem in Northern California offers a perfect mix of luxury and laid-back vibes, making it an ideal spot for those seeking a break from the everyday hustle. If you’re searching for a rejuvenating retreat close to home, trust us, Sonoma has everything you need. 

We’ve experienced all the charm that Sonoma has to offer – from its world-class wineries to its gorgeous coastline – and let us tell you, it’s absolutely unforgettable. With picturesque landscapes and agricultural roots, Sonoma is the perfect close-to-home destination for nature enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike. We’re confident that a weekend spent exploring this breathtaking region will leave you feeling connected, recharged and inspired. 

Unsure of where to start when it comes to planning your Sonoma staycation? We’ve got you covered! We’ll share our favorite insider spots to visit, local delicacies, and unique experiences that you won’t want to miss. So sit back and let us guide you through the incredible treasures awaiting you in this captivating wine country. 

Your Perfect Sonoma Staycation begins at Anaba Wines

Kick off your staycation at the gateway to Sonoma County with an unforgettable visit to the Anaba winery and tasting room. You’ll be welcomed by our Tasting Room team, ready to share stories about our sustainable vineyards, regional nuances and winemaking process. Take in unobstructed views of the hills and sample our exquisite wines, such as:

  • Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Turbine Blends
  • Exciting, lesser known Rhône-style wines

Wine tasting complete, it’s time to explore Sonoma, and what better way to do that than from above? A hot air balloon ride over Sonoma is an unforgettable experience and we can’t recommend Sonoma Ballooning. enough. Begin your day with the sun and meet your pilot before spending an hour floating over expansive vineyards and rolling hills. We love that they offer both join in flights as well as private flights for two guests, for that extra special occasion. All flights end with a champagne toast!

There’s so much more to Sonoma than just wine.

Be sure to take time during your stay to discover the charming towns, lush state parks, and miles of breathtaking coastline that make Sonoma County so unique. Check out our favorites: 

Sonoma Plaza: a historic landmark in a park-like setting famed for its small-town charm and walkable “downtown.” Unique shops, eateries, and wine tasting rooms are plentiful and tucked down small courtyard alley-ways, evoking a European feel. Insider tip – The plaza has an open bottle permit; bring a bottle of Anaba Wines and enjoy an afternoon picnic on the lawn in between stops.

Jack London State Historic Park: Located in the town of Glen Ellen, this home and ranch of famed author Jack London, offers over 29 miles of picturesque trails. Here you can walk, hike, load up your mountain bikes or opt for a serene horseback ride. For the literacist, opt for a docent led tour of the historic buildings and sites within the park, including Jack London’s cottage.  

Bodega Bay: spend a day at this stunning coastal destination and fishing village. Walk the trails of the Bodega Head to watch for whales and wildlife, and then pop into Spud Point for the best clam chowder on the West Coast. If you enjoy being on the water, take a guided kayaking tour to discover hidden coves or join a chartered fishing cruise. 

Relax in Style: After a day of excitement, unwind in some of the best accommodations Sonoma has to offer. From luxurious resorts such as The Sonoma Fairmont Inn. and MacArthur Place to quaint accommodations just off the plaza like Cottage Inn & Spa, options abound for every style preference, location and budget. 

Dine Like a Sonoma Local 

A Sonoma staycation wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the bounty of the region. Our Team has gathered a list of must-try local favorites that highlight produce, meats, and cheeses from Sonoma County’s beloved purveyors and farmers. Add these to your list to elevate your time in wine country. 

We suggest starting your day with breakfast or brunch at the iconic Sunflower Caffe. located on the northwestern corner of the Sonoma Plaza in the historic former home of Salvador Vallejo. Why we love Sunflower Caffe: 

  • High-quality coffee and a variety of mimosas
  • Decadent pastries 
  • Mostly organic, seasonal menu  
  • A peaceful garden seating area 

After a morning of exploring and wine tasting at Anaba Wines, you’ll want to refuel with a delicious lunch. Settle in at the antique bar like a local, or get a table on the quaint patio of The Girl & The Fig. Another local favorite just doors down from Sunflower Caffe, The Girl & The Fig is known for their warm hospitality and country French cuisine, which features vegetables and herbs from their own garden as well as house-made charcuterie. Some popular menu items include: 

  • Artisan cheese boards 
  • Duck confit anything!
  • Croques monsieurs and mussels with frites

There is a little café on the south end of the Sonoma Plaza, tucked around the corner, off the main road that you might miss if you weren’t looking for it. Cafe la Haye. is quintessential Sonoma. Both charming and sophisticated, this little gem is a top choice for an impressive dinner. Reasons you need to go:

  • Culturally diverse menu, a little bit of this and that
  • A smart, focused wine list
  • The walls are highlighted by art from local artists 

For those with dietary restrictions, worry not, as Sonoma County is known for its diverse and inclusive dining scene. You’ll find numerous eateries catering to various dietary preferences, including but not limited to vegan and vegetarian options, gluten-free dishes, and dairy-free selections. Some notable spots for these options include Little Saint. and Amy’s Drive Thru.

Why wait?

Plan your perfect getaway and create lasting memories by indulging in everything the Sonoma Valley has to offer. With a day spent exploring Anaba Wines and the surrounding area, you’ll soon discover why it’s an ideal destination for Bay Area day trippers and locals alike.

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