Bay Area residents are lucky to have so many world-class recreational activities only a short distance away. Whether with extensive planning or somewhat “spur-of-the-moment,” couples, families, and groups can reach incredible weekend destinations within little more than an hour’s drive.
And these are destinations and activities that tourists worldwide will plan months ahead to come and enjoy. Nearby Sonoma County alone offers more fun things to do, outdoor activities, hiking, and world-class restaurants than many whole countries can offer.
Whether you plan each detail of a weekend escape or simply “play it by ear,” your weekend to Sonoma can provide the adventure you need with plenty of options for fun and entertainment.
Here’s a sample itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in Sonoma:
Leave the office, pack your bags, and drive to Sonoma. While the scenery along the way is outstanding, you and your partner cannot wait to reach your charming and delightful B&B near the center of Sonoma that you reserved.
Once you arrive and unpack, you may stroll through Sonoma’s fascinating downtown area, highlighted by the famous Sonoma Plaza, the city’s central square. While walking and browsing the wealth of shops and restaurants on or near the Plaza, you may select one for your welcoming dinner.
As you enjoy the food and some of Sonoma County’s remarkable world-class wines, you will talk about some of the upcoming activities you have arranged.
Saturday adventures will begin early, so don’t stay up too late.
Saturday Morning: Hot Air Balloon Rides Sonoma-style
There is no better way to greet any morning than with a thrilling and safe hot air balloon flight above the towns and vineyards of stunning Sonoma Valley. Your pre-reserved adventure will begin around 5:30 A.M when you rendezvous at the designated meeting place. Here you will watch your balloon being inflated and learn the safety protocols from your professional, certified hot air balloon pilot.
Your beautiful Sonoma Ballooning hot air balloon will rise gently to greet the sunrise and allow passengers to view an unforgettable breathtaking vista. You will experience a real sense of escape and note how quietly you will drift above the landscape below and the mountainous backdrop surrounding the region.
As you land softly at your destination, you and your partner will be treated to a champagne toast to celebrate your initiation as true Sonoma aviators.
After a quick lunch near your lodging, it is time to join your expert Wine Tour guide for your safe and enjoyable Wine Tour of some of Sonoma County’s boutique wineries. While transported safely in a modern van from location to location, guests can enjoy knowledgeable commentary from the Tour’s expert representative.
At each winery, you may receive a tour and perhaps a brief talk from a representative about the history and philosophy of the winery. This orientation will be followed by a delightful wine tasting paired with complementary food items.
Saturday Late Afternoon
Following your fun-filled hot air balloons Sonoma-style flight and an enjoyable Wine Tour, a quick trip to the Spa for a refreshing massage or other treatment may be in order.
Saturday Night In Sonoma
Heading out for a Sunday evening adventure, try another of those Sonoma Plaza restaurants for a delightful evening meal. Relax over a choice of excellent menu items, maybe try something new, and enjoy more of Sonoma Valley’s superb wines or handcrafted brews.
Check out some of Sonoma’s bars before returning to your room to catch a well-deserved night’s sleep.
Sleep in a bit, then enjoy a delightful Sunday brunch at another of Sonoma’s many fine restaurants.
Head to Safari West in nearby Santa Rosa for another one-of-a-kind experience. This incredible 400-acre adventure preserve offers sights and sounds only found in the wildest areas of Africa. Join your safari tour among wildebeests, rhinos, giraffes, and over 90 other unique species in a perfectly recreated habitat.
Time to start home, perhaps a bit tired but exhilarated from an incredibly exciting weekend of fun-filled things to do in Sonoma.
Reserve Your Sonoma Ballooning Adventure
Visit the Sonoma Ballooning website to learn more and reserve your place for a must-do experience. Safe and fun, memories of your hot air balloon rides with Sonoma Ballooning will stay with you throughout your life.