Sonoma County is one of the world's best wine-growing regions, with hundreds of wineries sprawling over rolling hills. It's a little less touristy than Napa, and more laid-back, with family-owned wineries and less crowded towns. It's best known for Sonoma Valley, a region in the southeastern part of the county that's home to the city of Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Boyes Hot Springs, but there are great wineries elsewhere in the county as well. The charming town of Healdsburg in the wine growing region Dry Creek Valley is a popular destination.
Hikers, non-drinkers, and eco-tourists can expect to have fun too -- Sonoma offers attractions apart from wine tasting and fine dining, including hot air balloon rides and golf.
Sonoma's beauty is striking any time of the year, but especially during the harvest season (September and October) and spring. It can get busy during the summer months, but you shouldn't expect as many crowds as in Napa Valley.
|Peak:||May 15 - October 31|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|
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