Sonoma, California Itineraries -- Half Day

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Go For Green

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have ranked golf at the Sonoma Golf Club among their top choices. The illustrious course, which has been selected as the home of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, offers challenging play in a beautiful setting graced by a meandering stream and three shimmering lakes, with views of the Mayacamas Mountain Range to the east and Sonoma Mountain Range to the west. The private 18-hole golf course stretches 7,087 yards through native oaks and redwoods. After a morning or afternoon on the links golfers are invited to relax in the magnificent new clubhouse, complete with striking patio and outdoor fireplace. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon fare is served in the Club House Grill Restaurant. The handsome bar is the ideal place to enjoy a well earned drink and snack while recounting the day’s glories. Please phone the Concierge Desk to secure your tee time.

Back In Time

Beginning in 1769 and for the next 50 years, Spanish Missions were built along California’s “El Camino Real.” Spanning 650 miles from San Diego to Sonoma, the El Camino Real and the mission that occupy it are a rare legacy of California history. The Mission San Francisco Solano, the last mission built in the state was named for St. Francis Solano. Its architecture is a fantastic example of the buildings that dominated the southwest in the early 19th century. The Mission San Francisco, part of the Sonoma State Historical Park is located off the Sonoma Plaza at 114 East Spain Street. While on the historical trail visit one of the most prominent landmarks in Sonoma, the home General Mariano Guadeloupe Vallejo, built in 1851.  General Vallejo was a commander of the northern Mexican frontier, the founder of the Pueblo of Sonoma and a member of the California Constitutional Congress. The mansion is known as Lachyrma Montis or “Tears of the Mountain,” named after the springs that provide fresh water for the town of Sonoma to this day. This magnificent landmark houses artifacts and objects from the late 19th century. Located on West Spain Street the home is part of the Sonoma State Historic Park.

Bacchanalian Delights

California’s renowned wine industry traces its roots to Sonoma County where the state’s very first wine grapes were planted. Today, Sonoma County is one of the best regions for growing, producing, touring and tasting wine in the world. With over 250 of the world’s best wineries, Sonoma County rivals all other wine regions.

Many Sonoma wineries offer tastings and are open daily. While there may be a charge, the fee is often deducted from any wine purchase. If you are looking for a memorable wine tasting experience you probably won’t find a more congenial place to taste and experience Wine Country than Sonoma County. Ask the resort’s concierge to customize an itinerary or grab a map (at the concierge desk) and let the adventure begin. 

Things to keep in mind:

Plan Ahead- many wineries have limited hours. Appointments to taste and tour wineries are easy to set up; the resort Concierge are happy to call ahead for you, even if it is last minute. 

Ask Questions- Wine tasting is an opportunity not only to educate your palate, but also to learn more about the vineyards and the wine making process.

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