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A little about Sonoma

Recognized as the birthplace of California’s wine industry, Sonoma Valley isn't just home to 183-year-old vines. You’ll find endless ways to experience your surroundings; explore the 13,000 acres of state and regional parks. Attend a private barrel tasting or savor world-class cuisine. Browse stalls brimming with organic produce at local farmer’s markets. Discover why Sonoma was selected as the country’s first “slow” city—from its green ways of living to its charming central plaza and artisan food and wine culture. The town of Sonoma boasts two of California’s oldest and most distinguished wineries, where tastings are available every day. Across the Valley you’ll also find a broad, patchwork swath of intimate, family-run tasting rooms—where the person behind the counter is often the winemaker. Sonoma’s splendidly preserved Plaza rests under a canopy of grand old shade trees, surrounded by historic adobes and carefully preserved buildings.

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The history of Sonoma

The town of Sonoma began with the foundation of Mission San Francisco Solano in 1823 by Father José Altimira of the Franciscan Order. This mission was the farthest north of all 21 California missions, and was connected to the others by the Camino Real (Royal Road). Mission San Francisco Solano was the last of the California missions to be established, and the only one founded after Mexico's independence from Spain. Soon after it was built, it was secularized by the Mexican government under the orders of Lieutenant, later General, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Under Vallejo's supervision, the Presidio of Sonoma, or Sonoma Barracks (part of Spain's Mexico's Fourth Military District), was built beside the mission for the army, and he pursued control and order in the region over the native tribes and kept a military eye on the Russians of Fort Ross. Vallejo, who owned over 7 million acres (28,000 km2) in landholdings and was one of Sonoma's most illustrious residents.

Contact Information

Address:
651 Broadway
Sonoma, California
95476

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Businesses in Sonoma, California

Here is a collection of local Sonoma, California businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Fairmont Gallery

Art

Home of the top plein air artists

 

Peter Griffith Photography

Art

Capturing the Beauty of Sonoma Wine Country

 

A Victorian Garden Inn

Lodging

Let us spoil you at the Victorian Garden Inn

 

Auberge Sonoma

Lodging

A Wine Country getaway for sharing with friends or family

 

Beltane Ranch

Lodging

Set on a hillside overlooking the Sonoma Valley

 

Cooperage Inn

Lodging

Built of stone in 1911 by Italian stonemasons

 

Cottage Inn and Spa

Lodging

Peaceful courtyards and award-winning architecture

 

Buena Vista Winery

Museums / Attractions

California's oldest premium winery

 

Chateau St. Jean

Museums / Attractions

Only the Finest!

 

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Museums / Attractions

Enjoy a glass while taking in the sweeping vistas

 

Napa Valley Wine Train

Museums / Attractions

One of Napa's most distinctive restaurants

 

Ravenswood

Museums / Attractions

No Wimpy Wines

 

Basque Boulangerie Cafe

Restaurants

Danish, coffees, breads, wines, and a bistro menu

 

Della Santina's Trattoria

Restaurants

Sonoma's own Italian Trattoria, Rosticceria, and Pasticceria

 

El Dorado Kitchen

Restaurants

An ingredient-driven seasonal menu

 

Sonoma Cheese Factory

Restaurants

Deli, picnic items and prepared meals to dine in

 

the girl & the fig

Restaurants

Country Food with a French Passion

 

Artefact Design & Salvage

Shopping

Architectural and garden antiques

 

Artifax Art-to-Wear

Shopping

Artisan designed, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind clothing

 

Large Leather

Shopping

Handmade genuine leather goods

 

Perle

Shopping

A contemporary women's boutique

 

Sonoma Country Antiques

Shopping

European antique and vintage home decor

 

Sonoma Silver Company

Shopping

Sterling Silver Jewelry Store with affordable prices