The Getties — as in “getaways” — are our selections for best places to stay, best places to eat and best things to do in various categories and regions. These picks have been selected by our team, our regional editors and award-winning writers.
Just 45 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma County covers more than 1,750 square miles, from the rugged Pacific Coast to vineyard-covered rolling hills with over 1,100 growers and more than 350 wineries. It is home to both the state’s oldest continuously family-run winery, Gundlach Bundschu, which was founded in 1858, as well as Buena Vista, California’s oldest commercial winery, which was founded the year before. But it’s not just about wine. Sonoma County boasts dozens of world-class restaurants, 60 spas and a ghost town — Mercuryville once was home to thousands of miners. Because of a friendly rivalry with its better-known neighbor, local shops’ T-shirts state, “Sonoma makes wine. Napa makes auto parts.” Consider this your fail-safe guide to the region.
Surrounded by farms and vineyards, Sonoma County has a reputation for memorable dining experiences. We’ve taken the guesswork out of your next dining experience with these best breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and sweet treats and winery dining picks.
Looking for the most romantic, most luxurious, best value, best places to take a group (wedding, family reunions or just a well deserved girls trip?) And speaking of well-deserved respites, we’ve also curated the best wellness hotels in Sonoma County.