Posted by: erikabatista91 | January 23, 2013

5 Things to do in Sonoma

Looking to take a trip but not sure where to go? Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city?  Try going to the beautiful Sonoma Valley just east of San Francisco. Between the numerous wineries, the delicious and unique food and the historic buildings this city has it all. There is something to do for everyone in your family and it is definitely a trip that all will enjoy.

1. Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma Ca 95476

Located about 15 minutes from the center plaza in Sonoma, Cline Cellars is a must for those of legal age of course. Cline is the site of the original 21st mission in California before making the move into town. Not only will you be able to taste a variety of wines made directly at the organic and solar-powered winery, the on-site museum offers a great deal of historical background. The museum houses exact models of all 21 California missions purchased by Nancy Cline herself after the 1939 Worlds Fair in San Francisco,Ca. Looking for something for the kids? Go over and see the resident donkeys, Fancy and Pudding, and experience the days of the mission.

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Cline is also home to an Easter Sunday mass at sunrise located on the consecrated land just outside of the tasting room, open to all. Here is Mike’s first hand experience on what it is like to attend:

From the amazing view to the knowledgeable and kind staff, a trip Cline Cellars should be in your near future.

2. Wine Country Chocolates, 414 East 1st Street Sonoma, Ca 95476

Do you love chocolate? Then check out Wine Country Chocolates in the heart of Sonoma. Whether you like a traditional chocolate truffle or want to be adventurous and try the peanut butter and jelly chocolate, this is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth. This mother-daughter shop is local to Sonoma and has been around for roughly thirteen years. So help keep the business local and buy one of their mouth watering chocolates. Pop in a get a sample one of their chocolates and see for yourself why they are worth the drive.

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3. Mission San Francisco Solano, 363 Third St. West Sonoma, Ca 95476

Missions are a huge and important part of California’s history so plan to take a visit to the Mission San Francisco Solano one block away from the visitor’s bureau at the Sonoma plaza. This mission was the last mission to be built in California and is still standing today. The state park is beautiful both on the inside and on the outside. However, beauty is not the park’s only feature; upon entering, visitors first have to pay a small fee but the amount of history embedded throughout the large estate is invaluable. If you have any interest in California history or you are a California resident, you must come for a visit.

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4. City Hall, 1 The Plaza Sonoma, Ca 95476

This is one of the most important buildings in Sonoma, located right in the middle of Sonoma plaza. City hall does not look large upon first entering but once you walk around and go up the stairs, you will be pleased to find many different pictures and facts about the Sonoma and it’s history as a city. The quaint, house-like building is home to many important people and artifacts that is the essence of Sonoma. Ask around and people will be more than happy to give you the information that you are looking for. Take a peek in and explore.

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5. Sonoma Cheese Factory, 2 Spain Street Sonoma, Ca 95476

Unless you’re lactose-intolerant, you will love this little cheese store. With more cheese than one could possible ever imagine, this shop has it all. Don’t believe me? There are a variety of different chesses to suit anyone, from unique and tasty lavender to spicy pepper. The seemingly endless rows of cheese may look overwhelming but any questions or concerns you have, just simply as the employees; they will lead you to your perfect cheese. Go in and try a few samples to see which one catches your taste buds more. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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  1. I enjoyed your piece, very informative! I like that you even gave the addresses for the locations.Your pictures are beautiful!

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