Blessed with some of the finest real estate in the world, Sonoma County offers a vast variety of landscapes. From the rugged Pacific Coast and idyllic coastal towns such as Bodega Bay, Jenner and The Sea Ranch through the towering majestic redwoods of the Russian River in towns like Occidental and Guerneville, and across the fertile plains and valleys of farmland and vineyards from Petaluma and Healdsburg to Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County is a unique and extraordinarily beautiful area.
Some of the world’s most superb wines are produced throughout Sonoma County in the Northern California Wine Country north of San Francisco, including world-renowned appellations from Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley, Chalk Hill, Grass Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Carneros. Having recently surpassed its neighbor, Napa Valley in Napa County, Sonoma County is now the largest wine producing region in the world in both quantity and revenue. In addition, local dairy and egg ranchers and boutique farmers of organically grown fruits and vegetables supply some of the finest local and Bay Area restaurants. All of this in a climate where the temperature rarely goes to extremes.
Award-winning schools at all levels including Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, major shopping malls and small country stores, and a wealth of entertainment facilities and outdoor recreational areas including Spring Lake, Annadel State Park, Jack London State Park, Salt Point State Park and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, enhance the lifestyle of residents and tourists alike. Privately owned recreational attractions such as Safari West, the Petrified Forest, Train Town, Morton’s Sonoma Springs Resort and Infineon Raceway along with hundreds of wine touring and tasting facilities offer rich and diverse opportunities when exploring Sonoma County.
The northernmost town along the Highway 101 corridor, Cloverdale lies nestled among rolling hills, open fields and vineyards at the top of Alexander Valley — a well-respected wine growing region in Sonoma County. One of the fastest growing towns in the county, Cloverdale is home to several newer retirement communities, a 70-acre regional park with Russian River frontage and offers easy access to Lake Sonoma.
Small, unique and historic, Cotati, part of Mariano Vallejo’s original land grant, is in close proximity to Sonoma State University and delights in its annual Jazz and Accordion Festivals each year. Cotati’s downtown plaza, recognized as one of two hexagonal city designs in the United States, has been designated a California Historical Landmark. La Plaza Park in the heart of downtown is a focal point for civic events and year-round gatherings. A rustic-style town, Cotati has a wide variety of restaurants, a wealth of recreational venues and quaint older neighborhoods.
Centered around a traditional Spanish-style plaza, Healdsburg is the economic heart of northern Sonoma County. Beautiful 19th Century architecture surrounds The Square where a vibrant and diverse community of upscale hotels, shops and restaurants attracts the well-educated locals and well-heeled tourists. Healdsburg’s charm and close proximity to the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley’s have made it a top Wine Country destination. Older, quiet neighborhoods surround The Plaza, while newer contemporary homes command beautiful hillsides and rural ranches and vineyard estates occupy the valley floor.
One of California’s oldest cities, Petaluma is best known for its historic preserved downtown which showcases Victorian homes and commercial iron-front buildings. Located in the south of Sonoma County along the Petaluma River, Petaluma’s economy is based upon thriving telecommunications, agriculture and tourism industries. The Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park located just outside of town was General Mariano Vallejo’s 19th Century headquarters for his agricultural empire. Petaluma offers a wide array of housing options including the many restored Victorians, charming bungalows and new custom homes in amenity-oriented subdivisions.
The City of Sonoma, known for its downtown plaza, historic buildings, excellent weather and fine wines figured prominently in early California history. Sonoma is home to the northernmost California mission, San Francisco de Solano Mission and was the site of the Bear Flag Rebellion and declaration of California’s independence from Mexico. The Sonoma Valley and nearby Valley of the Moon produce some of California’s and the world’s finest varietals. Residences vary from immaculately maintained Victorians and craftsman-style California bungalows to contemporary custom homes in small subdivisions.
Santa Rosa Community
Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County and the county seat, is centered in the Sonoma County Wine Country. Named one of the nation’s Most Livable Communities, Santa Rosa maintains a small town feel while having a population of over 150,000. Located 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Coast, Santa Rosa serves as the dominate center of trade, government, commerce and medical facilities for Northern California.
Named by Forbes magazine as the Number Two place in the United States in which to do business, Santa Rosa has experienced impressive job growth over the years. Surrounding Santa Rosa is one of the most important wine regions in the world, with close to 200 wineries in the area and seven located in Santa Rosa. First class hotels and restaurants, museums and shops offer many opportunities for tourists and residents alike.
The City of Santa Rosa is home to fine schools and educational facilities including the well-respected Santa Rosa Junior College, a two year liberal arts community college recognized consistently as one of the Top Ten Junior Colleges in the country.
In addition to entertainment venues such as the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Research Center and Ice Arena and the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa is blessed with wonderful and accessible city parks such as Spring Lake, Howarth Park and the popular downtown Courthouse Square.