4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa
Owners Don and Rhonda Carano, second-generation Italian Americans, acquired the Vintners Inn after spending more than 20 years honing their craft as winemakers in the Russian River Valley.
871 River Road, Forestville
For years, this quaint hotel has earned a reputation for being one of the Russian River Valley's best, for both service and its gorgeous grounds.
13414 Chalk Hill Rd., Healdsburg
The team farms the vineyards organically, avoiding the use of insecticides, herbicides, or chemical toxins, and solar power provides the energy to keep the 330-plus acre spread running (80 percent of which they keep wild to allow for the natural growth of local trees and other botanicals).
Artefact Design & Salvage
23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
A destination for in-the-know design enthusiasts.
The Spinster Sisters
401 S. A St., Santa Rosa
A true locals destination for excellent food, the space is also an artistic hub (every six weeks it features the work of a different local artist in the dining room).
101 Adobe Canyon Rd., Sonoma Valley
Landmark specializes in wines that are hand-crafted and small production, as well as offering its clients a truly fun experience with wine.
6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol
This authentic ramen and Japanese gastropub is a welcome–and unique–addition to the Sonoma food scene.
Kenwood Inn & Spa
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Napa takes a lot of its cues from Tuscany, and this boutique spot, which occupies what could only be described as an Italian farmhouse, is an excellent embodiment of that aesthetic.
2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma
Fremont Diner is a charmingly local spot where the menu focuses on old-fashioned comfort food—the fried chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwich, and especially the homemade pies make for customers year-round. Kids will love the backyard chicken coop, where local-as-it-gets eggs are harvested daily for famous dishes like the deviled eggs and breakfast hash.
2300 Napa Rd., Sonoma
If there's such a thing as a hipster winery, Scribe Winery probably qualifies. Owned by young brothers and located in Sonoma, it's a small production vineyard with a decidedly unstuffy vibe—you'll sit at a picnic table or swing on a rope swing while you sample their rosé. There's a historic hacienda located on the property that the brothers are in the midst of restoring. It promises to be a fantastic tasting room (and an even better event venue), but until the project is finished, they're happily running their tastings on an outdoor hillside lovingly dubbed "the knoll."
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