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Home / Local Life / Sonoma County / Sonoma Spotlight

Town of Sonoma - Sonoma Valley, California
 

More than a place, Sonoma Valley is a state of mind, with a culture that honors its roots as the birthplace of California’s premium wine industry. At its heart is the lovely Sonoma town plaza, the largest in California, only 45 minutes from San Francisco. Ringed by boutiques and galleries and eateries that range from charming cafes to four-star restaurants, the plaza is a hub for visitors and locals.
Surrounded by vineyards, farms and ...
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Culinary Arts

Ramekins Culinary School
It’s impossible to visit Sonoma and not fall in love with the amazing locally grown foods and bounty from the land and nearby sea. Chefs in Sonoma Valley have a cornucopia of choices each season of the year and can invent dishes made with some of the best ingredients in the world.

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Local Wineries

Featured Winery - Hanzell
Hanzell has been called “One of the most influential producers in California’s winemaking history” by the New York Times. Well-known to afficionados, their persona is as subtle as their wines. This is the winery our guests tell us is one of their favorite wine discoveries in Sonoma.

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Dining Out

Restaurants - the girl and the fig
Dine under the stars or choose an intimate spot indoors; the fare is country food with a French passion, dished up in fresh and inventive creations by Chef John Toulze under the guidance of owner Sondra Bernstein.

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GROCERIES/FARMER'S MARKETS
Sonoma Market
500 West Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3411
Excellent deli, meat, seafood, artisinal bread and cheese.
Whole Foods
201 West Napa Street Sonoma
707-935-8500
Natural, organic food with great deli.
Farmer's Market
Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma
707-996-0633
Tuesday 5pm. Best local produce, music, food and fun.

RESTAURANTS
Cafe la Haye
140 East Napa Street
707-935-5996
American/Californian, a Zagat Top Spot.
Della Santina
133 East Napa Street
707-935-0573
Italian, Lucca style.
girl & the fig
110 West Spain Street
707-938-3634
Popular local restaurant with French accent.
El Dorado Kitchen
405 First Street West
707-996-3030
Californian style, great outdoor patio.
The Red Grape
539 First Street West
707-938-1442
Italian, gourmet pizza,a local favorite.
Santé
100 Boyes Blvd
707-938-9000
Michelin rated fine dining at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

WINERIES
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
23555 Hwy. 12, Forestville
707-933-1917
champagne is their forte.
Nicholson Ranch Winery
4200 Napa Rd.
707-938-8822
Great wine cave and views; nice wine too!
Moon Mountain Vineyards
1700 Moon Mountain Drive. Sonoma.
707-996-5870
High above the valley floor; Organic cabs and merlot.
Hanzell Winery
18596 Lomita Ave.
707-996-3860
Excellent,pinot and chard;by appt. only.
Sebastiani Vineyard and Wines
389 Fourth Street East
800-888-5532
Great tours and tastings; Near Plaza.
SHOPPING
Baksheesh
423 First Street West
707-939-2847
Objets d'Art and clothing from around world.
Fairmont Gallery
447 First Street West
707-996-2667
Art Gallery
Foot Candy
452 First Street East
707-938-3876
"Sex in the City" shoes for serious fun.
Summer Vine
100 West Spain Street
707-933-8810
items for the home, gifts.
Sonoma Wine Hardware
536 Broadway
707-939-1694
Everything for the wine collector.

THINGS TO DO
Arcanum Wine Country
Historic Sonoma Plaza District
Intriguing and fun mystery themed walking wine tour.
www.arcanumwinecountry.com
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
551 Broadway
707-939-7862
Outstanding exhibits and events; Local and national artists.
General Vallejo's Home
Third Street and West Spain
707-887-1222
Restored home of General Vallejo; Open for tours.
Sebastiani Theatre
476 First Street East
707-996-9756
Vintage theatre; movies, music & family events.

FOR THE KIDS
Train Town
20264 Broadway
707-938-3912
must do for all families. Train trips and rides.
The Toy Shop
201 West Napa Street
707-938-1197
Well made toys for toddlers and kids.
Half Pint
450 First Street West
707-938-1722
Chariming children's/infant's clothing.
Tiddle E Winks
115 East Napa Street
707-939-6933
Vintage 5 +Dime; Great candies,gifts & nostalgia.