Welcome to Sonoma County
Turn this popular destination into your personal paradise
If you’re looking to live in one of the West Coast’s most premier areas, then you need to visit Sonoma County. This one-of-a-kind location has been consistently voted one of the top 100 places to live
in the United States, offering residents the perfect blend of idyllic and picturesque country living and the sophistication and convenience of big-city life.
Its collection of unique towns offering a small-town feel, and its proximity to San Francisco and the Bay Area, have made this beautiful county ideal for young professionals, families, and retirees alike, with numerous attractions, entertainment, and recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.
What to Love
- Small-town charm with big-city convenience
- Numerous activities, entertainment, and recreational opportunities
- Picture-perfect scenery
- World-class luxuries and amenities
People & Lifestyle
Sonoma County is one of the most affluent areas in all of California, with the abundance of wineries and restaurants turning it into an adult playgrounds. For that reason, it has a distinctly enjoyable lifestyle that can be felt throughout the county. The locally owned and operated businesses represent the heart and soul of every town. There is a genuine down-to-earth feeling of living and enjoying your hometown. The county is approachable and relaxed.
There is also a heavy appreciation for the natural beauty of the area, with communities working hard to ensure this picturesque scenery is guaranteed for years to come. As a result, there is a dedication throughout Sonoma County toward the protection of the environment and sustainability, including an admiration for farm-to-table cuisine.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining scene in Sonoma County is inarguably one of the best in California, with numerous award-winning restaurants spread throughout this world-renowned Wine Country. Street..Social
is one of the top restaurants in the area. Located in Petaluma, this noteworthy eatery offers dishes such as steak tartare with bone marrow and truffle, pan-seared white sea bass, and a delectable butterscotch pot de crème.
El Molino Central
located in Aqua Caliente is another favorite local hotspot. Their authentic approach to Mexican cuisine has put them on the map, making this restaurant a destination for foodies from around the country. Their menu includes delights such as traditional halibut ceviche, crispy shrimp tacos, and beef birria tacos.
Depot Hotel Restaurant
, a historic mainstay in the Sonoma Plaza has a unique and exciting approach to Italian cuisine with dishes such as Tuscan cranberry bean soup, spinach and ricotta ravioli, and pan-seared local cod. Make sure you also take a look at their delicious wine list, which is designed to match the flavors on their menu.
Willi’s Wine Bar
in Santa Rosa is another popular destination. While their menu changes daily, rest assured you’ll be treated to the highest quality local ingredients, world-class wine, and exceptional hospitality each and every time you visit.
Things to Do
The abundance and beauty of the area ensure that residents have a variety of things to do in their spare time throughout the year in Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair
is one of the most popular events of the year. Celebrating the unique and amazing flavors found throughout the region, this fair allows guests to share in some of the most delicious dishes, world-class wines, and incredible music throughout the weekend.
If you consider yourself a lover of all things cheese, you’ll love visiting the annual California Artisan Cheese Festival
. This event seeks to inspire and educate every guest about the wonders of all things cheese through this one-of-a-kind marketplace experience.
is the best opportunity for Sonoma County residents and visitors to try some of the region’s best and most exclusive wines while also speaking directly with winemakers. This event allows guests to have a fully immersive experience, learning everything there is to know about the wine-making process.
Of course, if you’re looking for a truly exclusive wine-tasting experience, then you need to stop by the Wine Road Barrel Tasting
. Here, guests take part in a time-honored tradition of opening up the barrels and tasting the wines before they ever reach the bottle.