An Inn 2 Remember is located just half block from the Historic Sonoma Plaza which is surrounded by shops, restaurants and historical sites, and is the largest town square of its kind in California. Here are some amazing tips to plan the best trip to Sonoma and the Wine Country.

 

On the way to Sonoma

Driving to Sonoma thru hwy 121...

Driving to Sonoma thru hwy 121: - Ram's Gate Winery offers a unique wine tasting experience, it's really the "gate" of Sonoma and it offers a exclusive experience with a breathtaking view. Wine tasting goes by appointment, starting price $40 pp for the Appellation Collection and $65 Vineyard Designate Tasting. We highly recommend the "Palate Play" wine and food pairing, offered Thurs to Monday at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm ($95 per person waived upon joining membership or with six-bottle purchase at the conclusion of the experience) - Cornerstone Sonoma, an amazing location with art gardens designed by local landscapers/artists, old and new barns with antique stores and wine tasting rooms with delicious wine! One above all, Poseidon/Obsidian Ridge! You are able to park at the Inn if your arrival is before check in time (3-6pm) and maybe enjoy a bite of farm to table food at Sunflower Cafe, we love their back patio, a hidden relaxing garden. Please try the Duck confit Sandwich..to die for!

Driving from Santa Rosa/Mendocino...

Driving from Santa Rosa/Mendocino, you might want to stop at La Rochelle Winery to taste some of their amazing selection of Pinot noir. Their wine menu has 14 Pinots and the most interesting you absolutely have to try are Pinot Meunier, with the flavorful bouquet and the Donum Estate, very exclusive. Their tasting fee is $20, great wines and relaxing gardens with free chicken on the property! Another stop to add on your to do list, is Paradise Ridge. Annette will greet you with her wonderful smile and she has worked on an outstanding menu of Infused Chocolate & Wine Sensory Experience, for only $20 pp instead of $30, when you say you stay with us. Walk in welcomed but reservation is preferred.

In Sonoma

Driving from SFO to Sonoma...

Driving from SFO to Sonoma, there are really scenic places not to miss, so our suggestions are: - Ocean beach located in Sunset District of San Francisco, a 3.5 mile scenic beach to see surfers and whales in their commuting from hot to cold waters! Allow a quick stop at the Cliff House, build on the ruins of the Sutro Baths, a complex of indoor saltwater swimming pools (walk inside and down the stairs to see incredible pics!) - Breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge view from Battlery Spencer in Sausalito - get a drink on the terrace of the Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito overlooking the SF and its bridges! Amazing! If you land in the morning or you have about 2/3 before heading to Sonoma: - immerse yourself in the magic atmosphere of Muir Woods National Monument or Muir Beach Overlook point. - Stinson Beach, this cozy village offers nice walks on the beach all year around or maybe find a way to drive to Bolinas, a little hippy village with no sign.

While on hwy 37...

While on hwy 37 you can decide if to reach Sonoma thru Lakeville Rd and maybe detour to Petaluma, known as the "Egg Capital of the World," sparking such nicknames as "Chickaluma", lately lots of recent improvement. Petaluma is today the location of many distinguished, well-preserved pre-1906 buildings and Victorian homes on the western side of the river, when in town, stop for lunch at Della Fattoria! Or maybe stop at Ernie's Tin Bar for a local beer and keep driving thru ranches of the hwy 116. If you decide to stay on hwy 37, the road may be busy from 3:30pm till 7pm, especially on weekends...be patience!

Plan your days

Wine lovers to Sonoma...

Sonoma offers a lot of things to do but we would like to help you planning with some tips. On the net you'll find great suggestions based on how you want you vacation to be. Wine lovers this is your Disneyland! There are many great wine tasting rooms on the Plaza only few steps from the Inn and our favs are: - Walt Wines, the Pinot Noir lover destination, ask Dan or Thrace for assistance, they will drive your imagination to the winemaker selected wine regions! The tasting experience is $30 pp but they offer 2 tastings at the price of one for our customers, please advise them in advance you stay at the Inn. - Book your exclusive wine tasting with Three Sticks Winery, a hidden gem only 2 houses from us, it offers private tasting by appointment only inside one of the old historic Vallejo-CasteÒada Adobe. The enchanting house has a wonderful story and thanks to great wine you can make your experience one of a kind. By appointment only, Wine tasting menus starting $40 pp. More exclusive wine&food tasting experiences, starting $85 pp.

Cabernet...

On the Plaza the best wine tasting rooms for Cabernet are Kamen and Hawkes, a forty year experience growing Cab in the beautiful Alexander Valley. Meet the Hawkes family and enjoy their passion! They are located just few steps from our property. Kamen, yes is the tasting room of the famous screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen that fell in love with a breathtaking piece of land of Sonoma and decided to produce outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon!

Pinot Noir...

Sonoma County has a near-perfect climate for growing cool-weather grapes. Fog banks that creep over the hillsides from the Pacific Ocean and relatively cloudy weather during key months (Californians call it "June Gloom") make many parts of Sonoma an ideal place to plant Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Schug Winery: Walter Schug had a long professional background as a winemaker before sprouting off on his own to fulfill the dream he developed as a vintner. This dream was to focus on Chardonnay and pinot noir varietalsÖand heís done just that. And he certainly did it justice. His robust Pinots have done well locally as well as commercially. Many winery visitors appreciate his no-fuss approach to wine from days long goneóno fancy castles, just wine that speaks for itself. Benziger Family Winery is a biodynamic farm with amazing views and wines, and is where you can see cows and sheep at work, taste wine in the caves or from the barrel, sip wine in the historic ranch house where the Benzigers lived when they first moved to Sonoma Mountain, try several Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs and meet winemakers or family members. Tour are daily, Biodynamic Vineyard Tram Tour - Leave every half hour from 11:00am until 3:30pm with the exception of noon (Weather permitting) $25 pp or Partners Vineyard Tour & Exclusive Wine Tasting daily from 10:15 pm every hour till 3:15 pm $ 50 pp, it's a 8 guest limited tour so make your reservation!

Zinfandel...

Ravenswood is the most famous Winery in Sonoma for their Zins. In 1976 Joel founded Ravenswood winery and nowadays he shares his wonderful wines with us. Before your visit to the Winery, we hope you can take some times and tour their useful website to better understand his passion and wines.

Food at wineries...

There are only 2 wineries where you can eat without making a reservation or food and wine pairing, VJB Cellars, one of our fav spots for some real italian pizza, charcuterie and cheese. They are located in Kenwood, just 20 minutes away and the feeling is like to be in a Tuscan villa..with live music on Sundays! The other winery is Viansa, that from May thru October has the pizza oven open on weekends and their Marketplace is open yeararound.

Food and wine pairing...

Corner 103, on the Plaza, is crafting limited production wines that showcase each varietal as well as the region in which they grow. Each wine comes from a different American Viticulture Area (AVA) of Sonoma County. Corner 103 was founded by Lloyd Davis as a result of his passion for wine and recognizing that most people are intimidated by it. A $ 40 pp tasting experience, with a flight of 7 award winning Corner 103 wines, 6 of which are paired with a selection of locally sourced small bits. By appointment only. Unique educational wine tasting of almost 2 hours, outstanding. Hawks, just around the corner from the Inn, is THE place to go for Cabernet in Sonoma. The tasting fee is very fair $15 for the high quality of wines. Friday through Sunday, at 11am, 1 and 3pm, they offer a seated tasting of six Cabernets, including a three vineyard horizontal tasting, complete with a full meat and cheese plate and an explanation and side-by-side tasting of our vineyards and their terroir. It's $45 per person, by appointment (up to eight guests). Please add this experience in your To-Do list!

Exclusive private tasting...

Hanzell and Repris are two intimate private wineries that arrange private tastings and their grounds are spectacular. We suggest to make your private tasting experience here. Few months ago the very exclusive Stone Edge Farm Winery opened their doors to the public, not only members. So make sure you have and appointment and for a special anniverary we highly suggest a private culinary event.

Winery tour...

On the top of the list, for sure, Kunde Family Winery will surprise you with their Mountain top Tour ($ 60 per person, by appointment only) with breathaking views of Sonoma, sometimes of the Bay and San Francisco, if the day is not too foggy. Winery tours with driver is the BEST option if you want to enjoy the best of Sonoma. We have our fav wine tour company, family owned: Stacy's Wine Tours (www.stacyswinetours.com) Stacy Su is the very knowledgeable owner that will help you to customize your tour following the wines you like most. The option with a private driver (Stacy works up to 8 guests) is a bit more expensive compared to a tour grup, but it's worth it: you'll enjoy Sonoma or Napa following your timing, wine preferences and with privacy. Plus, she offers also a Brewery tour! Super fun! Tell her you're staying here and she will help you with an amazing day winetasting.

Dinner...

We love food in Sonoma! Restaurants are casual style and most of them offer farm to table food! They are all very good and our favs: - Harvest Moon Cafe, with a different menu every day, the fusion american cusine will surprise you with fresh ingredients combine for a delicious experience (best book your table in the outside gardens, yeararound!) - La Salette, Chef Manuel Azevedo celebrates the varied and complex flavors of his native Portuguese homeland! He has just opened a tapas style place, named Tasca Tasca, check it out for Port and sharing snacks! - the most famous restaurant in Sonoma is The Girl and the fig, and we agree that food quality is very good, service too. When you make you reservation we recommend to ask for a table on the side of the room or you'll have waiters run all the time near you! ;-) This place requires an advanced reservation every day of the week. - Della Santina's for a unique and very romantic italian dinner. The burrata is to die for and the duck handmade tagliatelle are amazing.

Exclusive to do...

Drink and/or dinner at the Auberge du Soleil, in St.Helena, very special at sunset. Balloons of the Valley: dance with the wind above wine country in a colorful hot air balloon! Please use our office to book the ride as you'll have a free pick up at the Inn, pastry breakfast and fresh coffe and a discount on the price, $210 pp! There is also an option with free pick up at the Inn, pastry breakfast and fresh coffe, champagne brunch, all on a discount on the price, $245 pp! Please mention the referral.

Specials

From May thru September there is the Farmers Market night in Sonoma, starting 5:30pm till dusk. Local food and produce vendors, local micro brewery and winery, live music and yes you can dance. Most important: yes you can drink on the Sonoma Plaza so plan your picnic and a refreshing glass of wine! Fridays mornings: Farmers Market by Depot Park, 1 block from the Inn From April thru October, Fridays at Sebastiani Winery, with live music and wine by the glass or bottle, from 6pm to 9pm. Walking distance from the Inn, food trucks only the last Friday of the month!