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Get to know Sonoma

Jack London romanticized Sonoma in his novel Valley of the Moon, a loose translation of the Miwok word that inspired the city’s name. This charming and historic Wine Country community is a trove of cultural treasures, blending cosmopolitan sophistication with rusticated small-town charm. The vibrant business district plays host to various festivals and celebrations year-round. And while it’s well-known for its Zinfandel, Sonoma is more than just a place for gourmands: It’s also home to family-friendly attractions like Traintown, a quarter-scale miniature railroad with a petting zoo, carousel and more.

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Sonoma History & Culture

Sonoma’s Town Plaza, a National Historic Landmark, is practically a museum in the streets chronicling California’s transition from Mexico to the United States. It was here in 1846 that a scruffy band of settlers, with a firm endorsement from Capt. John C. Frémont, staged the Bear Flag Revolt and proclaimed the California Republic — still emblazoned on the state's flag today. The shady central green sits surrounded by City Hall, the Presidio of Sonoma barracks and Mission San Francisco Solano, the last-built and northernmost of 21 up the El Camino Real.

Sonoma Dine & Shop

Downtown Sonoma plays host to some of the most eclectic shopping anywhere. It’s easy to lose an afternoon just strolling the streets in town, chockablock with shops selling everything from handmade soaps and tin toys to kitchen gadgets and creatively-infused olive oils (and, while most stores are one-offs, you bet your grape-stomping boots there’s a Williams-Sonoma here). There are countless vineyards to explore around town, in neighboring Glen Ellen, and beyond. The region’s robust agriculture guarantees bushels of fresh, organic produce at the very popular farmer’s market, and a barrel-aged bounty that flows freely at five-star restaurants near and far.