Local attractions

Wineries & Restaurants

Matanzas Creek winery

A photo of Matanzas Creek wine 5405 Spain Ave is minutes away from local wineries including Matanzas Creek and VJB Cellars. Healdsburg is a short drive away, reknowned for its wineries and world-class restaurants. The heart of Napa Valley and the Russian River Valley are each half an hour away by car.

Most vineyards let you bring your own picnic to enjoy with your wine. Local markets like Oliver's (just 5 minutes from the house) sell beautiful, fresh produce, as well as local breads, cheeses, and other delicacies, ready to bring along - or just to cook and enjoy at home.

You probably know Korbel as the famous producer of California Champagnes, but what you might not know is that it is also the founder of the Russian River Brewing Company. Its famous beer, Pliny the Younger, is rated as one of the best in the world, and is released during a two-week event every year that draws crowds from across the country. The secret is: as well as at the taproom in Santa Rosa, you can also get it at Korbel's shaded vineyard in Guerneville.

There are 250 wineries in Sonoma County, and a host of amazing craft breweries. If you like good food and drink, you'll love it here.

 

Seafood & Ocean Views

The Sonoma Coast off Bodega Bay

Oyster signs on Bodega Head Bodega Bay is easily accessible on a whim. Visit for walks along the beach, magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, and seafood at the Fishetarian Fish Market or The Inn at the Tides.

Further north on Highway 1 lies Jenner, a quieter seaside community with cafes, wine tasting opportunities, boutique stores selling art and crafts, and Goat Rock Beach.

Further south, you'll find the Point Reyes National Seashore, which features sweeping cliffsides and endless, empty California beaches. Nearby Point Reyes Station is the home of Cowgirl Creamery, an organic cheesemaker that is the perfect stop to pick up goods for a gourmet picnic.

It's all so close that it's easy to visit a winery in the early afternoon, enjoy a sunny drive along the Sonoma Coast, and watch the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean in the evening, before heading back to the house to finish off the night under bright stars in the backyard.