Visitors to Sonoma County have a wide variety of options for fun things to do. Whether for seaside excursions, hiking in the redwoods, hot air balloon rides, wine tastings and winery visits, and much more.
Sonoma County is also populated with many of the best places to eat, from Michelin-star awarded restaurants to smaller bistros and cafes in the most beautiful locations. And, whether your travel budget is limited or sufficient for an exceptional occasion, visitors find excellent options in any price range.
When enjoying your meal al fresco, you may spot a magnificent hot air balloon floating gently above, piloted by one of the Sonoma Ballooning professionals.
Just a short drive from the Bay Area, Sonoma County is perfect for a day trip, a weekend, or a much longer getaway. Guests will never run out of fun things to do in Sonoma or delightful restaurants to visit while visiting the area.
Favorite Places to Dine While in Sonoma Valley
Following a fun-filled day of aerial sightseeing and fun on one of the Sonoma Valley balloons followed by winery visits or outdoor hiking, plan an enjoyable and relaxing dinner at one of Sonoma County’s many excellent restaurants.
While an accurate list of the best places to dine would be almost endless, here are a few of the favorite restaurant options to consider for your next trip to Sonoma County:
Located in the beautiful Sonoma Plaza, the girl and the fig is a beautiful indoor-outdoor restaurant featuring a France-inspired seasonal menu that includes charcuterie platters, an award-winning wine list, traditional cocktails, and French aperitifs.
John Ash & Co. is in the beautiful Vintner’s Resort in Santa Rosa. The dining room has a dress code, but the dining is more than worth taking a bit more time with your attire. The menu offers gourmet-style dishes, including Baked Oysters with Parmesan Custard, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Short Ribs, and Duck Leg Confit.
The Restaurant at Farmhouse Inn is situated in the famous Russian River Valley. The establishment offers a full Sonoma Wine Country experience, from wine tastings to excellent cuisine crafted from sustainable local ingredients. The menu, constantly changing with the seasons, presents delightful selections from land and sea.
Little Saint is located just two blocks from downtown Healdsburg’s main square. The menu is 100% plant-based and features a vegan, California/Mediterranean-style menu that sources its seasonal produce from Sonoma County farms, including their own five-acre little Saint Farm. In addition to the café, Little Saint features a bakery and wine shop.
The Pacific Coast
The Tides Wharf & Restaurant in Bodega Bay offers a scenic on-site dining option open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Situated alongside the picturesque Bodega Bay, this seaside restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood, featuring favorites like New England Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, and Cioppino. The restaurant is open daily and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
By the way, the location may seem familiar since parts of the Hitchcock classic movie, The Birds, was filmed here.
Reserve Your Place with Sonoma Ballooning
One of the fastest-growing, most popular things to do way to begin the visit to Sonoma County with a delightful, safe, and memorable hot air balloon ride with Sonoma Ballooning,
Learn more about Sonoma Valley balloons, one of the most fun things to do while there, by visiting the Sonoma Ballooning website. While there, you can learn more about the experience and make your reservations for any future flight.