Sonoma Valley

This friendly small-town community offers every possible outdoor activity you can imagine.

Welcome to Sonoma Valley

Idyllic villages in the heart of California wine country.

 

With lush vineyards and gorgeous mountain ranges as its backdrop, Sonoma Valley is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Located in southeastern Sonoma County, the valley is known as the birthplace of the California wine industry, and the small villages scattered around the area offer a perfect blend of country living mixed with luxury shopping opportunities and upscale restaurants. Residents of Sonoma Valley enjoy plenty of outdoor activities, like biking the local vineyards and farmlands and exploring state parks, shopping at local, independent boutiques, and attending annual festivals and concerts. With all Sonoma Valley has to offer, one can see why luxury homes for sale in Sonoma Valley are not on the market for very long!

 

In 2020, Sonoma Valley was named one of the best small towns in California by the U.S. News and World Report, citing its stand-out colonial architecture, picturesque town center, and stunning Overlook Trail. Living in Sonoma nurtures the ideal work-life balance and provides plenty of opportunities for relaxing and fun activities for families, young professionals, and retirees. The Valley is 15 miles long and nestled along the Mayacamas Mountains and Highway 12. 

What to Love

 • The impressive beauty of the surrounding landscape

 • Small-town feel with luxurious amenities nearby

 • The Sonoma Overlook Trail and Montini Preserve, which offer some of the best views in the county

Local Lifestyle

This friendly small-town community offers every possible outdoor activity you can imagine. Sonoma is bicycle-friendly, sustainable, and earth-conscious, and residents take great pride in their community events and culture. Living in the Valley is like living in paradise — Sonoma offers many diverse activities to explore for a variety of interests, ages, and backgrounds. This laid-back community focuses on the importance of supporting local businesses and small wineries, and with its proximity to San Francisco, the Valley is the ideal spot to unwind, relax and enjoy life. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping 

Since 1997, the girl and the fig restaurant has featured a beautiful antique bar with French aperitifs, traditional cocktails, a unique wine list, and a stunning outdoor patio. Their customer service is unparalleled, and they pride themselves on providing an authentic and welcoming experience to all customers. Their “country food with French passion” menu offers fig tartine with local honeycomb, burrata with barrel-aged balsamic, and a mouth-watering fig bread pudding. Purchase some of their go-to spreads and oils or handmade lotions and creams in their online or in-person shop! 

 

For American comfort food, visit Wit and Wisdom, a highly curated culinary affair from celebrity chef Michael Mina. Located in the heart of Sonoma, this cozy tavern offers traditional American food and an exceptional wine list. Dishes are cooked in a hearth oven and prepared with the utmost care and creativity. In addition to a stunning dining room space, Wit and Wisdom offers Bocce Ball Happy Hour with a variety of charcuterie boards, locally made jams, and bocce ball tournaments with friends.  

 

As the second-oldest winery in California, Buena Vista Winery’s reputation is long-standing. In 1856, illustrious founder Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa, also known as “The Count of Buena Vista,” purchased 800 acres of land in the Sonoma Valley with the intent to produce the very best wine. The winery is now owned by the Boisset family, and The Count’s dream of finding “purple gold” in California has been realized: Buena Vista Winery produces some of the best wines in California, and thanks to its rich history, it has become a well-loved and visited spot in Sonoma Valley. 

Things to Do

Broadway Under the Stars brings an award-winning series of Broadway productions to Sonoma Valley. Guests enjoy a picnic on the lawn before the show featuring numerous wineries and food vendors and pre-show musicians. The main performance is held on the “most beautiful stage in Wine Country,” and performances range from classic Broadway hits to contemporary numbers. The show takes place in Jack London State Historic Park, which is along the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain and makes the perfect location for an evening of food, community, and entertainment. 

 

Tuesday nights have never looked so good in Sonoma Valley. Held every Tuesday from April through October from 5 to 8 p.m., the Tuesday Night Market offers fresh local produce and artisan handmade goods in Sonoma Plaza. The market has dozens of vendors to choose from, so grab your produce for the week, browse the beautiful handmade gifts and enjoy live music in front of the fountain. 

 

Sonoma International Live and Virtual Film Festival is a “walkable and clickable” five-day festival held every March. The film festival has been named “One of the 25 Coolest Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine and features full-length documentaries and shorts in a wide variety of genres. In 2019, the festival showcased 125 films from 26 different countries and provided thousands of dollars in award prizes to up-and-coming movie makers. Their mission is to celebrate the talents of diverse film creators and support visual arts education programs in Sonoma Valley school districts. SIFF has been a Sonoma tradition since its inception in 1998 and is one of the largest and most frequented events in the Valley each year. 

 

To experience Sonoma Valley’s breathtaking scenery, make the trip to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a year-round campground with over 47 campsites and 25 miles of hiking trails. The park is located in the Mayacamas Mountains between the Sonoma and Napa Valleys and makes the perfect spot to view an abundance of wildlife in a diverse landscape. Hike the trails through the canyon and the gorge, stroll through the meadows and the ferns and walk among the redwoods. Sugarloaf also boasts a 25-foot waterfall and the Robert Ferguson Observatory, home to a 40-foot telescope for public viewing and education. The area also has a rich Indigenous history — the land was home to the Wappo tribe for more than 12,000 years. 

Schools

There are several notable high-achieving schools in the Sonoma Valley. A few includes:

 

 • Sonoma Prestwood Elementary, a public school for students in grades K-5

 • Sonoma Valley High School, a public school for students in grades 9-12

 • The Presentation School, a private school for students in grades K-8

 • St. Francis Solano School, a private school for students in grades K-8

 • Woodland Star Charter School, a public school for students in grades 1-8

 • Dunbar School, a public school for students in grades K-5



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