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Category: Sonoma Plaza

The many pleasures of Sonoma

Sonoma County is a land of sprawling beauty. Vineyards and wineries abound, as do secret, forested hideaways with pot farms. It is a place of rivers and redwoods, mountains and warm inland valleys, and a rocky, rugged coastline where cool fog and winds blow in from the Pacific.

The view from Viansa Sonoma, at the gateway to the Sonoma Valley.

Less than an hour from San Francisco, it boasts a number of charming small towns of rural flavor—Sonoma itself, Glen Ellen, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Bodega Bay—each with its own unique history and virtues. There are Michelin-starred restaurants, sidewalk cafés, hipster bistros, tasting rooms, brewpubs, organic fruit and flower marts, gardens galore, oak-laden parks, and lots of cute shopping streets filled with boutiques of every kind.

It’s an awesome place to spend a day, or a week, or however long you have. Here is a quick peek at a few of Sonoma’s many pleasures: Continue reading

The chapel at Sonoma Mission: a sacred space of raw beauty

Churches are among the most beautiful sights you see when you travel, especially in Europe, and this is no less true in California’s wine country. One thinks of Yountville Community Church (“The Little Church in the Vale”) and St. Helena Catholic Church as two lovely churches worth seeing, each with a distinct architecture and story.

Another is at Mission San Francisco Solano, better known as the Sonoma Mission, perched on a corner across from Sonoma’s central plaza. The mission is part of Sonoma State Historic Park and tourists and schoolchildren have been going there almost since it was built, in 1823.

Sonoma Mission chapel

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