Sonoma/Valley of the Moon

Area Overview

The lush Sonoma Valley lies nestled between two mountain ranges along Sonoma County’s eastern edge. Abundance is the norm here, offering visitors a delightful mix of beautiful vistas, wine tasting, farm-fresh cuisine, California history, art, shopping, and outdoor adventures.

Known as the birthplace of wine in California and home to Buena Vista Winery, California’s oldest winery, and Gundlach-Bundschu, the state’s oldest, continually operating family winery. The 17-mile long Sonoma Valley includes an amazing variety of landscapes and microclimates.  From fields, meadows and valleys to rolling hills, and from cool wind and fog to hot sunshine – sometimes all in the same day, as you move from place to place within the valley.

Because of this rich diversity, there are actually five distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs or wine regions) here – Bennett Valley at the northwest end, Carneros at the south, Moon Mountain, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley.

Today, history walks in tandem with current times. Modern winemaking techniques are tucked away in buildings that were state of the art nearly a century ago, and wine tasting opportunities abound.

Shops, tasting rooms, restaurants, bakeries, and a historic theater line the streets around the Sonoma Plaza – an eight-acre town square, the largest in California. Venture beyond downtown to explore brew pubs, more shopping, art galleries, and more.

Glen Ellen is the perfect place for those who crave peace, privacy and rustic charm. Nestled between Sonoma Mountain and the Mayacamas Mountain range, this small town is surrounded by popular wineries like the Benziger Family Winery and Laurel Glen Vineyard, many local boutiques, and plenty of dining options.

Perhaps the most notable feature of Glen Ellen is the Jack London State Historic Park, named in honor of Call of the Wild author and famous adventurer Jack London, who resided on the property.

Originally a mining town, Kenwood is now a quiet and desirable place to live due to its easy access to an array of parks, wineries, and fascinating historic sites. It’s also only a short drive to Santa Rosa, giving you the best of a small-town experience with the convenience of driving into the city to shop and enjoy fine dining.

One of Kenwood’s most popular features is the award-winning Kenwood Inn & Spa, a luxury, European-style resort that draws many elite guests. You will also find Sugarloaf Ridge State Park nearby, where you can explore soaring redwoods and wide-open meadows.

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