Sonoma County is an area on California’s North Coast a little way north of San Francisco. Staying at a vacation rental in Sonoma County you’ll be in a region known for its wine production – it’s not as famous as the nearby Napa Valley, but offers picturesque rural scenery and numerous wineries that remain less frequented than its better-known neighbour.
Sonoma County vacation accommodation would certainly appeal to Oenophiles and bons vivants, with more than 250 wineries and some of the best restaurants in the region. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of varietals, with syrah, merlot, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, zinfandel and chardonnay all grown here. At most wineries you’ll be able to take guided tours of the facilities and take part in tasting sessions. There are 13 different wine regions within the county, each usually boasting a world-class product. In the summer months Sonoma County towns are home to farmers markets – cheese, olive oil and bread are all produced locally to a high standard. Meanwhile there’s excellent dining to be had in locations such as Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Healdsburg.
There are some interesting sights to see around Sonoma County self-catering accommodation. There’s the Petaluma State Historic Park, which preserves the base for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s agricultural wealth in California when it was a Mexican Province in the mid-19th Century. Meanwhile if you’d to enjoy the beautiful nature in the area you could head to the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, home to the 1,400 year-old Armstrong Tree. The coast is also a great spot for walks and bike trips, with beautifully rugged scenery. Horseback riding is also popular here.
If you’d like to continue your viticultural experience, then the Napa Valley is just a short drive from Sonoma County vacation rentals. It’s regarded as one of the world’s top wine regions, with a wealth of vineyards and wineries, all accompanied by gourmet restaurants and surrounded by majestic rural scenery. Also here are ten golf courses and numerous spas.
On holiday at a Sonoma County self-catering vacation rental you’ll experience a Mediterranean climate, with plenty of warm and dry weather from spring to autumn. Winters are mild, bringing more rainfall.
The best way to get to Sonoma County self-catering vacation accommodation from the UK would be to fly to San Francisco (AFO) from London Heathrow (LHR) with United Air Lines, Virgin or British Airways. From here you’ll have no more than a 45-minute drive to reach your holiday accommodation.