Northern California Doing it Up
Jun 25, 2019 05:45PM
● By Dawn Garcia
Sonoma County is expanding its portfolio of experiences this summer to bring travelers and locals alike the best eats, entertainment, sips, and adventure. This month Sonoma welcomes back wine nights, burger joints, public kitchens, cocktail bars, vegan wine tours, biking, hiking, art and picnicking. The following experiences are limited to summer only.
Bartholomew Park (BARTHOLOMEWESTATE.COM), the gorgeous historical estate is inviting wine lovers to have a picnic, do a wine flight on an oak knoll, and take a 30-minute stroll through the gorgeous lush vineyard. For those looking for a longer excursion, there is a three-mile trail to a windmill, duck pond, and wildflowers winding up to the Bay.
For an exclusive tour in a Mercedes Sprinter Van, La Belle Vie offers a chance to see a local farm sanctuary with a range of rescued livestock, and then onto wine tasting at two local vegan wineries in the rolling green countryside and enjoy a gourmet vegan boxed-lunch. This tour is $130 per person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (LABELLEVIETOURS.COM/VEGAN-WINE-TOURS)
The most interesting way to see Sonoma may very well be on bike. Ace It Bike Tours offers a four-to-five-hour cycling tour from Windsor to Santa Rosa with stops at chowder houses including Spud Point Crab Company. The cost is $135 per person. ACEITBIKETOURS.COM/BIKE-TOURS. Horseback riding and wine-tasting tours are also available during the sunset music series at the Ranch at Lake Sonoma (THERANCHATLAKESONOMA.COM).
This past year, Sonoma was among the many California terrains ravaged by fire, but the community rallied together and have been rebuilding. Part of that rebuild is the reopening of the Paradise Ridge Estate and the famed Wines and Sunsets series. Guests can expect a plethora of local wines by the bottle or the glass, live music, and local food trucks. For a full look at what’s on the calendar, visit PRWINERY.COM.
Sonoma’s wine country and town center is a community centered, artisan-lovers dream. Host to many award-winning restaurants, cider houses, artists, and beguiling landscapes, there is always something to see and do. SONOMACOUNTY.COM.