Guide to Downtown Sonoma
On the list of top things I love about living in San Francisco is the proximity we are to wine country. So, say, it's Tuesday and you're not feeling work and you just really need a 'mental health day', that's where an hour's road trip up to Sonoma Valley to meet your friend half way comes in. And, boy, are days like this good for the soul! Photographer extraordinaire, Kelly, brought her camera along on a whim and we had so much fun running around Sonoma Plaza. So, I put together a little Guide to Downtown Sonoma intermittent with our photo'd shenanigans, which, is where I'm going to start this guide: Bring your camera.We started off the afternoon around the Mission. I've only begun to scratch the history in this state it never fails to impress me. Apparently history makes me hungry because next up, we headed to Sonoma Cheese Factory to get our cheese tasting on. Apparently, they do sandwiches and patios pretty well too!
Sonoma Cheese Factory2 West Spain Street
Right next door, Mary's Pizza serves up breadsticks that my new blog friend, Mary-Katherine, swears by and where I will absolutely be hitting up on our must-have next trip to Sonoma.
Mary's Pizza8 West Spain Street
Cheese was still a major part of our life at that point so we took the convertible around the corner to Vella and maybe bought them out of one of each of their entire cheese selection. It's okay because they're a wholesale supplier so it was encouraged. Jalapeño Jack. Thumbs up.
Vella Cheese Company315 2nd Street East
Back on the plaza, grab desert (it doesn't matter what time it is) at the Chocolate Cow. It's located down an alleyway on the east side of the square. It's a sweet family-owned establishment with delectable chocolates and ice cream - YUM.
Chocolate Cow452 1st Street East
And then! I got to take over the camera and out came my b.a.b.e. babe of a friend! I made her work it while yelling inappropriate yet encouraging words in this public park and BOY did she! I swear I hear music when I scroll through this part of the post! Oy! That sass!It was about time to wash down all of that cheese with vino and the Ledson Hotel drew us in with their swanky decor. If you're looking for a fancy date night hotel, we've found your spot.
Ledson Hotel480 1st Street East
From there, we rounded off the square with tasting rooms and made friends with everyone in our path. Oh, small town charm. We miss you already.
Speaking of shopping! A visit to Sonoma Plaza wouldn't be complete without a sweet souvenir to remind you of your most perfect day.
Sign of the Bear435 1st Street West
Since we're still making our way around the square, we'll hit our favorite brunch/coffee/glass of wine on a patio venue before making our way to dinner. Sunflower Caffe Espresso & Wine Bar might solve world problems or at least answer the question of where should we go we now type problems. Because..
Sunflower Caffe421 1st Street West
One more tasting before dinner and it's at a fun, little place. The seating is pretty much all outside, so grab a spot and order a glass from the outside bar. They even allow you to order from Sunflower Caffe and they'll just bring it over!
Roche Tasting Room122 West Spain Street
Dinner tiiiiiime! I'm giving you two options here. One is California-Mediteranean, El Dorado Kitchen, and one is French Country fare. The former comes with a hotel which is essentially the best kind of two-for-one. We opted for the latter and oooooh girl. (Because it's in the name. Get it?)
El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen405 1st Street West
The Girl and the Fig110 West Spain Street
There's even a blooper reel!