Picture yourself cruising in your car on a sunny afternoon along the winding backroads of Sonoma Wine Country.
It’s the fall season, the air is brisk and crystal clear, and as far as the eye can see are harvested vineyards blazing with colors of autumn: bright yellows, fiery reds, vibrant golds.
There’s a science to the process—as the leave’s green chlorophylls degrade, the hidden pigments of yellow xanthophylls, red anthocyanins, and orange beta-carotene are revealed—but that’s not what’s on your mind as you pull into the winery’s parking lot.
You’re thinking about how lucky you are to be living so close to a place as beautiful as this, and how you really should come here more often. Heck, that you would move here if you could figure out a way to make a living.
NOW IS THE TIME
The Wine Country’s busy summer season is over. The fruit’s been picked, the crowds are gone, and everything’s more… relaxed. The people making and pouring wines have plenty of time to chat with you, and the local hotels and restaurants are eager for your business, lowering their rates and offering a plethora of fall specials.
Now is the time to visit Sonoma Wine Country. There are so many travel deals going on here that Sonoma County has created a special web page just to list them all. Trust me—you’ll have fun with this: log onto SonomaCounty.com’s “Deals” page, then plan your Wine Country getaway around all the special fall offers listed on their website, such as:
— 20% Discount at Timber Cove Resort (spectacular ocean views)
— Up to 2 Nights Free at an Ocean View Sea Ranch Home
— Complimentary Cheese Pairing at the Cast Winery in Geyserville
— Private Horseback Riding discounted to just $89
— Stay One Night Receive Your Second Night Free at the Gaige House (one of my favorite Wine Country inns)
— Two for One Tasting at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
— 50% Off at Windrose Romantic Cottages in Windsor
All you need to do to make this happen is open your calendar, find a few free days in November or December, and type “Sonoma Fall Getaway” (go ahead, I’ll wait).
Done? Good. Now you have something to look forward to—a relaxing, romantic, and bargain-priced vacation filled with gourmet foods, superb wines, and postcard views of Sonoma Wine Country at its fall-season finest.
FALL & WINTER EVENTS IN SONOMA WINE COUNTRY
Holiday Open House, Nov 25-26, Sonoma Valley
Toast the holiday season in Wine Country. Join more than 20 wineries; enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays and pick up holiday gifts. Toast the holiday season in Sonoma Wine Country. More than 20 wineries will offer wine tastings and the opportunity to meet winemakers and stock up on your favorite wines and gifts for the holidays.
Winter Wineland, Jan 14-15, Russian River
Join more than 100 wineries for this fun and educational weekend. Meet winemakers, tour wineries, sample wine and food.
Wine Country Winter Festival, Dec 3-4, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
Get ready for the holidays. Come enjoy beautiful art and fine crafts for gifts, lots of delicious food, three stages of rockin’ entertainment, a big dance floor, and a tasting of wine, brews, and spirits. Fun for all ages. Visit with Santa and his elves, join in craft workshops, sing-along caroling, gingerbread house competition, and more.
Dave Koz Christmas Tour, Dec 20, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
Saxophonist Dave Koz is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed figures in contemporary jazz. Joining him for this holiday spectacular are R&B superstars Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler, and Kenny Lattimore.
Ratebeer Best Beer Festival, Jan 28-29, Santa Rosa
Widely regarded as a top three beer event in the world, it has a face-melting beer list from the world’s most sought after breweries. Brewers from over 34 of the world’s top breweries will pouring their own beers.
The activities, hotels, restaurants, and events listed above are just a fraction of the fun, romantic, and family-friendly places to visit in Sonoma Wine Country. For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining, visit SonomaCounty.com or call 800/576-6662.