Writer’s note: The recent fires in Sonoma County prompted me to repost this piece from 2013. It’s more of a photo blog than anything else. But it’s nice to see the pictures again and relive the handful of days we spent there. TMV – January 15, 2018
We’ve been to Sonoma several times over the course of the three years my wife and I have been married. We were there for our first anniversary and recently went back for our third. Guerneville, Cazadero, Bodega Bay, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley–places we’ve been to and places we always revisit.
This time, I finally achieved one life goal: to visit the Peanuts museum, otherwise known as the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research Center. What they actually research, I have no clue, but it’s certainly a fun place to be. To be honest, I carried a goofy grin on my face most of the time we were there.
And of course, what would a trip to Sonoma be without a stop by a winery? Matanzas Creek Winery is just a bit on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, in the Bennett Valley. It’s a beautiful winery, set among rolling hills, rustic and relaxed, like much of Sonoma. While we missed the lavender festival held annually, there were still some unharvested in their garden.
Hotel and restaurant information: Private cabin in Cazadero. More information to come. In the meantime, I recommend Elim Grove Cottages, also in Cazadero. We stayed there two years ago and try to drop by the adjoining Raymond’s Bakery whenever we’re near. The husband-and-wife team of Mark and Elizabeth are wonderful people, generous and kind.
The first time we were in Sonoma, we stayed at the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay, of which the Bay View Restaurant is part. Excellent restaurant, best in Bodega Bay.
If you wind up in the slightly off-kilter town of Guerneville, check out Boon Eat + Drink. It’s a tiny restaurant but has great food and an even greater wine list, so get there early as it fills up quickly. And if you’re a coffee fiend like me, look to Coffee Bazaar, the only coffee house I’ve been able to find in Guerneville.