I’m lucky to live a short hour drive from wine country, but sad to admit that I don’t take advantage of it nearly enough. I probably only make it up to Napa Valley once every two years, if that. So when my family was invited to a wedding in Sonoma, I wanted to take full advantage of the weekend away in wine country.
Regardless of where you go— Napa, Santa Rosa or Sonoma— it’s beautiful all the same. Especially in the fall, when the entire valley is painted in green vineyards, orange leaves, red wines and blue skies. It’s gorgeous, but most of you probably could have guessed that.
With the wedding on Sunday (more on that later), we only had Saturday and Monday to explore downtown Sonoma and the surrounding vineyards. Here were some of my favorite spots, incase there’s a vino staycation in your foreseeable future.
Sunflower Caffe — This little cafe is right in the center of all of the downtown Sonoma action, and it’s the cutest, ever. Get their breakfast burrito and beet, tomato and cucumber juice bloody Mary, and thank me later. I highly recommend this place for brunch!
The Fremont Diner — Holy yum! The Fremont Diner is off the beaten path, in a good way. It’s this huge space with tons of outdoor seating and the best southern-style grub. Snap a pic in front of the ‘greetings from Sonoma’ mural and enjoy the view of rolling vineyards.
The Red Grape Pizza — This place was packed, which is usually a good sign. It means people love the food, right? The Red Grape was well worth the wait. It has a super fun vibe, and the pizza is yum! Great spot for a larger party, birthday, company happy hour or a family dinner.
Domaine Carneros — If you’re in Napa, you have to go to Domaine. It’s this gorgeous estate perched on top of a hill, with a lot of outdoor seating and breathtaking views. It’s on the pricier side at $30 a tasting, but this place is a must. If you don’t drink wine, they have some bubbly tastings, too.
Sebastiani — Another day, another wine club. Sebastiani isn’t the best wine I’ve ever had, but it isn’t the worst, either. The grounds are big and beautiful, and the tasting room accommodates a ton of people. For a solid wine, at the right price, joining the wine club was a no brainer.
SIGH. Champagne and Sparkling — SIGH. is what dreams are made of. A glamorous wine and champagne bar with lounge-style seating, and golden decor, is the perfect spot for a GNO. Get a flight of bubbly, or sip on some rose, either way you’ll be glad you came.
Mumm Napa — We didn’t make it here on this trip, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. Pack a picnic and split a bottle (or 2) after your tastings. Enjoy!
Flynn Skye jumpsuit c/o Largo Drive.