The Sonoma Valley Guide
The site of California’s earliest planted vineyards, Sonoma Valley is rich in both history and legend—the word “Sonoma” is derived from the valley’s native Pomo, Coast Miwok, and Wappo tribes and means “many moons.” Located between the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountain ranges, the region envelops a smattering of rustic farms, idyllic small towns, and scenic vineyards, which consistently churn out some of the world’s best chardonnays. Although easily accessible via a flight into Santa Rosa, it’s a bit more spread out and trickier to navigate than its neighbor Napa Valley, giving reason to why it’s slightly less touristy, but still a worthy destination in its own right.
Oakville Grocery124 Matheson St., Healdsburg | 707.433.3200
We love this beautiful little market and its gorgeous selection of prepared goods. It's a great stop if you want to bring home gifts to friends who aren't big drinkers, and the convenient location on the way into Healdsburg makes it an easy spot to pick up a sandwich (we like the Muffaletta or the fried chicken) on your way to a winery. There's also a location in Oakville along the St. Helena Highway.
Dry Creek General Store3495 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg | 707.433.4171
A Healdsburg mainstay since 1881, this is the kind of place we'd be regulars at if we lived in the area. There's a quirky collection of oddities and antiques hanging from the ceiling, an attached farm, a solid deli, and you can still pick up bait and tackle for a fishing trip.
Artefact Design & Salvage23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma | 707.933.0660
A destination for in-the-know design enthusiasts, owner and artist Dave Allen's experience with (and love for) European and Asian design runs deep–he's ventured to France, India, and China to explore old methods of manufacturing and discover indigenous objects. His warehouse/showroom is filled with eclectic, never-before-seen antiques, architectural elements, garden decorations, and other forms of décor.
Acre2365 Midway Dr., Santa Rosa | 707.595.5984
Every inch of this roastery and café is considered, from the clean industrial interiors to the perfect cold brew. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgable (they take their barista-ship seriously, requiring rigorous training before hopping behind the counter). This location in Santa Rosa is one of the newest of the now six cafés it operates (the original is in Petaluma). Head here in the am to catch up on work over their house-made granola, or in the afternoon for a grilled ciabatta sandwich. (Pro tip: A bag of the 1080 Organic Dark Roast makes a perfect host gift.)
Flying Goat Coffee10 4th St., Santa Rosa | 707.575.1202
This independently owned coffee roaster and café makes the best almond milk lattes in the region. With two other locations in nearby Healdsburg, it's one of our favorites spots to grab a morning coffee.