SONOMA CITY, CA

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sonoma-top It’s Friday! The week has past by so quickly, it feels like Monday morning was yesterday. This week I started to use Lightroom to finally have all my pictures in one place, neatly categorized and easy to find. I have found so many pictures I forgot even that we have been to those places. Like the one cloudy Sunday in Sonoma City. It was raining the whole morning, but  when you have rented a car for a weekend, you feel bad staying at home, even if it’s pouring. So we jumped into the car and made our first stop at Sebestopol, which was kind of nice, but everything was closed. And the rain prevented us from having a stroll. So we drew up to Sonoma City and by the time we arrived the sky cleared up a little bit. If you haven’t been to Sonoma City yet, I highly recommend spending a day there. It’s a cute city with old wild west buildings, a square and the city hall in the middle of downtown, an old school cinema and lots of shops and food spots. And all you wine lovers, yep you are in the right place for delicious wine tasting, too. After couple of times we spend in Sonoma I have figured out my favorites and here there are, in case you don’t have any weekend plans yet this might be a nice drive.

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Girl and the Fig – delicious French Californian cuisine, perfect spot to get some base before wine tasting.
Sonoma Cheese Factory – this place can get pretty crowded with all kind of tourists, who are sampling cheese like for an hour. Or until they are well-fed.  Because you can sample yourself the boxes are full and open.  But if you want to grab a sandwich or snack it’s totally fine and affordable.

Wine Country Chocolates – I won’t say anything because you cannot describe who delicious this chocolate is. Just try it.

El Dorado Kitchen – We only had breakfast once here, but it was super delicious. My favorite: Wilde Mushroom & Goat Cheese Omelet. Also if you feel like staying overnight, this place is a hotel, too.  sonoma-1 sonoma-3 SHOP

Sign of the Bear – one of my favorite kitchen ware stores ever. They have an amazing collection  culinary supplies. Maybe not on the cheap side but you will definitely find items in every price range and you will find items worth the splurge.

Tiddle E. Winks Vintage 5 & Dime – This is your retro sweets paradise! I bet you will find something in here that you loooooved when you were younger. They have candy from all generations.

Church Mouse Thrift Store – A great, well organized thrift store with an amazing and affordable selection on vintage dinning ware.

Harvest Home Store – Great place to get some cute gifts or stuff for your own home. sonoma-5 sonoma-6 SEE

Sebastiani Theater on the Plaza – cute historical movie house build in 1933.
Blue Wing Inn – first hotel in Northern California.
Mission San Francisco Solano – northernmost and last Mission in California
CornerStone Sonoma – A little bit outside of Sonoma City, Corner Stone is an amazing garden installation created by world class landscape architects. Definitely worth a stop.
Presidio of Sonoma – an old military outpost.

sonoma-9 sonoma-10 sonoma-4 There are so many other really old buildings in Sonoma with history, shops and restaurants. And as everything is within a waking distance you can spend the whole day, walking, eating, shopping and educating yourself.

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  • Nina
    March 7, 2014

    Love these photos. They definitely capture the heart of the city.

    • Ana Kamin
      March 11, 2014

      Thank you so much! Sonoma city a great day trip destination!