Welcome to Sonoma
A charming neighborhood known for its bustling downtown scene, affluent wine community, and extensive history
One cannot fail to notice the beauty of Sonoma the moment they arrive. The Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountain ranges with sit on either side of the Sonoma Valley allow in just enough coastal fog to cool the vineyards on summer nights. The mild weather boasts a fantastic foreground for residents to enjoy the fruits of the vineyard’s labors year-round. Unbelievable state parks and historical sites can be visited by bikers, horseback riders, or walkers. To put it lightly, this locale is a small sliver of rustic paradise.
Founded in Spanish and Mexican roots, Sonoma became a city back in the 1850s. At the time, the Sonoma Mission was the central building for the growing city. Today, Sonoma is one of the principal cities of California’s Wine Country and boasts numerous restaurants, hotels, and historical sites for residents and tourists alike to enjoy.
Sonoma residents tend to live in a variety of homes, all inspired by the city’s Mexican and Spanish roots. Modern ranch houses are the most commonly seen, and there are many expansive estates situated just a few miles down the road from the top vineyards. Residents looking for a little stay-cation can also take advantage of the numerous hotel and resort options, many of which are situated on vineyards themselves. There is no shortage of luxury in this area!
What to Love
- Bustling downtown scene
- Robust and affluent wine community
- Rich local history
People and Lifestyle
With the area’s scenic beauty and laid-back lifestyle, it’s no wonder that Sonoma consistently ranks high as one of the top places to live and work. You can often find many different types of residents, ranging from small families and working professionals to retirees. The vast culture and food scenes encourage residents to take advantage of a bustling city through a more rustic lens. Residents can often be found in the downtown areas engaging in its historical significance or in the countryside enjoying a nature hike. Sonoma truly blends a friendly, small-town atmosphere with the entrepreneurial culture of the Bay Area.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Sonoma is packed with plenty of amazing opportunities for drinking and dining. Considering Sonoma is a culinary destination, you’ll have no trouble finding great things to eat and drink while surrounded by vast beauty. Residents looking for a daytime activity involving more casual fare can seek out Cornerstone Sonoma and Sunset Test Gardens. Those visiting can walk the grounds and move in and out of various boutique wineries while enjoying the art-inspired gardens.
Another local favorite is The Girl and the Fig, a restaurant that features “country food with a French passion.” If you’re feeling something high-end, Santé at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Folktable are both wonderful options. Each locale offers creative menus that focus on sustainability and taking advantage of what Sonoma Valley has to offer in organic produce.
Things to Do
Sonoma has a wide variety of activities for everyone. Whether you’re looking to embrace the outdoors or see some live theater, you will not be disappointed. The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is always a great time. Voted as one of the most scenic half marathons in the US by Forbes, runners and supporters alike can take in the vast scenery of wine country while indulging in fun activities geared towards families and friends.
Looking for something a bit calmer? Families can take advantage of walking, hiking, or even horseback riding on the grounds of Jack London State Park, which was previously the home and ranch of Jack London, a famous literary genius.
Residents interested in the rich history of Sonoma, as well as peckish for a drink or two, can attend the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. Since its establishment in 1897, this festival is the oldest one of its kind and strives to bring communities together to celebrate the heritage and culture of Sonoma Valley through food, wine, and fellowship. Those looking for a bit of live entertainment will be delighted by the Transcendence Theater Company, which offers a variety of musicals and plays with the breathtaking scenery of the mountains behind the stage.
Sonoma functions under the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. There are also many private schools available in the area. Some schools include:
Sonoma Valley High School (Public)
Creekside High School (Private)
Prestwood Elementary School
Sonoma Charter School
Adele Harrison Middle School