When you visit a place as beautiful and exciting as Sonoma Valley, finding fun is both easy and hard.
Easy because there’s so much to do and see.
Hard because it can be tough to pick just a few things to do from all your options.
Allow me to assist you in your pursuit of the perfect Sonoma weekend, and to name some of the places that I would be remiss if you missed!
And not to worry: there’s plenty to do regardless if it’s relaxation or adventure you’re after.
For relaxing – The first order of business for the morning: breakfast.
More specifically, mimosas and breakfast.
Enjoy the hearty KIS Benedict breakfast, complete with two poached Wise Acre Farm eggs, prosciutto, portabello, spinach, English muffin, and sauce Choron. Cap off your meal with an invigorating mimosa from our bar.
No ultimate Sonoma weekend would be complete without wine tasting, so after breakfast, it’s going to be the first item on the agenda.
Transportation? Already taken care of. Our drivers will take to you to any one of a number of incredible wineries that are just minutes from the Inn. One of our favorites is Gloria Ferrer in the town of Sonoma.
Spend the late morning and early afternoon on Gloria Ferrer’s Bubbles and Bites experience, where you’ll embark on a private tour and learn about the sparkling wine crafting process, all while sipping on the object of your education the whole time.
‘Immigrant Tribute’ by Mario Schjetnan at Cornerstone Sonoma
For adventure – Head to the pleasant bustle of Cornerstone Sonoma, a gorgeous wine country marketplace in the town of Sonoma that boasts world-class shopping, wine tasting, art, beautiful gardens, and live music.
Lose track of time amongst the boutique shops and art installations. And when you’re all done, you’ll have a few keepsakes to remember Sonoma by.
For relaxing – Ever been frustrated at an amazing massage that is over too quickly?
This one lasts for 50 minutes. Our Ti Amo couples’ massage lasts for 80.
That’s the better part of a movie spent in relaxation heaven.
Sip on sparkling wine before heading to the Spa for a morning of pure bliss. Just don’t fall asleep, or you’ll miss the massage!
Along the trails at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
For adventure – After you’ve indulged in some retail therapy, it’s time for nature therapy. The redwoods of the California coast are the tallest living things on Earth. Walk amongst them and rejuvenate your senses at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve.
Go horseback riding on the East Ridge or Pool Ridge Trail, bring a picnic to eat amongst the trees, or visit Colonel Armstrong, a redwood tree that dates back to the fall of the Roman Empire.
For relaxing – Assuming you’re not too relaxed to move after your massage, head to the Restaurant for any one of our delectable Italian-inspired dishes.
Enjoy our wonderful Ravioli Di Zucca with house-made butternut squash, Fontina ravioli, and brown butter sage sauce, or indulge in premium cuts of beef with our Bistecca Di Manzo, seared prime New York steak with red wine demi-glaze and mashed potatoes.
Pair your steak with red wine from our wine list to cap off a day that will make you want to never leave the Valley.
For adventure – After working up an appetite while hiking in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, head to the Glen Ellen Star for a hearty meal to cap off the evening.
With dishes like margherita pizza, spring lamb ragu, and brick chicken with pozole verde, you’re sure to leave full and happy.
Hamel Family Wines
For relaxing – Wake up to lox and bagels at the Inn before heading to Hamel Family Wines for their special Reserve Experience wine tour.
Enjoy a private tour of the winery, reserve room, caves, and vineyards before sitting down to tasting of four Estate Series wines and a combination of reserve wines, barrel samples, and library vintages.
For adventure – Bring your athletic wear, because it’s time to experience Sonoma by bike!
Getaway Adventures features bike tours that run through multiple Sonoma locations, including Calistoga, Healdsburg, Carneros, and their newest route which begins in Santa Rosa.
Cruise through the vineyards, trails, and backstreets of Sonoma with the wind in your face, as you enjoy the Valley the way it was truly meant to be enjoyed.
By the pool at Kenwood Inn and Spa
For relaxing – Two words: poolside lounging.
Head back to the Inn for a dip in the pool, sip sparkling wine by the poolside, and bask in the afternoon sun. We don’t blame you if your eyelids feel heavy already.
For adventure – This section is already covered, because you’ll still be on your bike tour from Getaway Adventures! Tours typically last from 10:00 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.
For relaxing – Head to El Dorado Kitchen for an excellent selection of entrees from Executive Chef Armando Navarro, including seafood paella, wild mushroom risotto, and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.
Their website describes their dishes as “deeply satisfying,” and we’d be inclined to agree. For extra ambiance, enjoy dinner outside in your own private cabana.
For adventure – Sonoma Speakeasy was featured in our last post, and it makes an appearance again here.
Enjoy live music and celebrity bartenders at this wonderfully divey bar in Sonoma. Sing along to classics from the ’60s and ’70s on Sunday nights to put the exclamation on a weekend that will leave your spirit refilled and rejuvenated for weeks to come.