Welcome to Sonoma
Historic downtowns wrapped in Wine Country outside of San Francisco
Nestled in Sonoma Valley, the City of Sonoma is bookended by the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and Sonoma Mountains to the west. Blanketed by a mild, warm Mediterranean climate, the days are sunny, and the nights are comfortably cool, making the tree-lined streets inviting and comfortable all year long. With a stunning mountainous backdrop, Sonoma appeals to anyone seeking gorgeous Californian living without the smog of significant cities.
First incorporated in 1850, Sonoma endured some ups and downs as it was unincorporated and reincorporated throughout the late 1800s. By 1906, however, the city had taken root with the Sonoma City Hall. Local historic events are held close by Sonoma residents, including the brief “Bear Republic” of the early 1800s, when a group of Americans established a country unto themselves with Sonoma as its capital. To this day, their legacy lives on, pictured on all Californian flags.
Today, Sonoma’s history is evident throughout its streets. Dotted by an array of houses from as early as the 1820s, such as Greek Revival or the later Italianate, to lots boasting early 20th- century styles like Craftsman or American Colonial Revival, Sonoma offers a variety of choices. Charmed by historic streets and attractive architecture, many professionals and retirees are proud to call Sonoma home.
Things to Love
- Proximity to gorgeous wineries and vineyards
- Many boutiques and antique shops offering a myriad of choices
- An abundance of verdant green spaces
Offering serene yet lively lifestyles, Sonoma is home to those who appreciate the arts, wineries, fine dining, and stately, historical settings. Only an hour from San Francisco and even closer to other commercial areas, most people drive to work — the average commute is only 25 minutes long. Many retirees seek out Sonoma’s high-quality lifestyle in addition to its wealth of elegant housing options.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Though Sonoma enjoys a central location with connections to many other metropolitan areas via such routes as the California State Route 12, you hardly need to take advantage of them to enjoy yourself. Brimming with fine dining throughout historic downtown, not to mention shopping opportunities, Sonoma delivers.
Proudly boasting an award-winning wine list and unique, artisanal dishes, the girl & the fig
is a beautiful antique bar offering French aperitifs and traditional and creative cocktails, all cloaked in an unparalleled atmosphere. Inviting El Molino Central
is the perfect place to plan a fun-filled party, especially if you love authentically delicious Mexican cuisine.
Quaint Basque Boulangerie Cafe
bursts with Old World charm, serving traditionally European bread, pastries, and drinks all available to enjoy with their sidewalk seating. Make a reservation at Oso Sonoma
to relish the fine dining choices expertly created by Chef David.
Things to Do
Never a dull moment in Sonoma, residents enjoy a plethora of opportunities when it comes to activities. The outdoor beckons, as does Sonoma’s town square.
Sonoma’s heart, The Plaza
, is eight historic acres of amenities and amusement for the whole family, from playgrounds to amphitheaters to even a sweet-smelling rose garden. The site of Sonoma’s farm-fresh farmers' market
as well as other community events, The Plaza is a shining gem of the city’s commitment to the community.