323 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa
Located in Santa Rosa’s up-and-coming arts district, The Astro, a recently renovated 1960s motel, offers the essentials for an outdoorsy wine country stay–proximity to the region’s vineyards, closeness to the city’s restaurants–at a much more accessible price point. Everything in the space is considered, from the authentic mid-century pieces that outfit the thirty-four rooms (its owners sourced incredible finds, from Danish church light fixtures to Robert Arneson sculptures to iconic prints of Mohammed Ali and Joni Mitchell, all of which are shoppable), to the genuine warmth of the staff who will give you insight into the best places–and ways–to see the Sonoma Valley. Within striking distance from the airport, it’s a convenient, easy spot to book a few rooms and call basecamp for the weekend. And if you’re looking to burn some extra calories, the motel comes stocked with shiny Shinola Bikes on-the-ready to rent.
Bird and the Bottle
1055 4th St., Santa Rosa
Jewish comfort food, Southern fried chicken, and Korean seasonings may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but that's kind of the point. In an open kitchen, chef Mark Stark turns out chicken fried oyster lettuce wraps, crispy skin salmon wings with kimchee salt and matzo ball soup (with BBQ chicken thigh, obviously). They've got a nice selection of crowd-pleasing beers on tap, too.
11775 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen
Inside a family-owned working ranch that dates back to 1892 and shaded by local oak trees, this five-room B&B is packed with charm.
131 North St., Healdsburg
Tucked into Healdsburg, SingleThread Farm is located on a stretch of five acres between the Russian River and San Lorenzo Ranch.
Flying Goat Coffee
10 4th St., Santa Rosa
This independently owned coffee roaster and café makes the best almond milk lattes in the region.
25 Matheson St., Healdsburg
Located on the west side of Healdsburg, this hotel puts you within walking distance of all the downtown wineries and restaurants. (You can also borrow one of the hotel's PUBLIC bikes to explore.)
143 W. Spain St., Sonoma
Located downtown Sonoma in Vallejo-Castañeda Adobe House, a mid-1800s historic landmark which the owners reinvented with the help of architect Ken Fulk, the space is stunning: equally eclectic and modern with Mexican influences.
Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estate
6050 Westside Rd., Russian River Valley
The latest addition to Landmark’s wine-making portfolio, the Hop Kiln Estate is a majestic space rich in history.
452 1st St. E, Sonoma
Located in the heart of Sonoma's central plaza, this restaurant serves up Portuguese cuisine with a twist–with most dishes heavy on the olive oil, garlic, and fresh tomatoes. Chef Manuel Azevedo cooks classics from his native country, such as a traditional fish stew with a medley of clams, mussels, shrimp, sea bass, and scallops.
Harvest Moon Café
487 1st St. W, Sonoma
Husband and wife Nick and Jen, culinary institute alumni, offer up a seasonally changing menu in this small but mighty restaurant.
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