Sonoma Valley - West County
Sonoma Valley and Somona County West are perfect for a family weekend, or spend a week exploring state parks with spring wildflowers, visiting a 19th century rancho, biking through countryside, picking apples and pumpkins in fall, enjoying seasonal events such as Farm Trails Somona County. Year round, this a great area to relax with kids.
Sonoma County West
Vineyards - Here's two vineyards, fun for adults and kids alike.
Benziger Family Winery (Glen Ellen, on the road to Jack London State Park)
- The Benziger Family Winery is one of our favorites, because kids can get a chance to understand the ecology of a vineyard, as well as enjoy a picnic under the oak trees, play on the swing set, check out the old rusted farm tractor, plows, grape crusher or wooden wine barrels, watch the peacocks, or walk out into the middle of a vineyard.
The setting of this vineyard is just about perfect. Nestled in the hills, covered with vines, wooden frame buildings evoke the Sonoma Valley of earlier decades. Take the 45 min. tram tour (half price for kids, since they won't be wine tasting), which goes through the fields, and stops at the caves, grape crusher, and in the vineyard itself. Kids can feel free to ask all the questions they like on the tour.
Bartholomew Estate Vineyards and Winery (Sonoma)
- You'd never guess that a five minute drive from downtown Sonoma, you'd find yourself on a hilltop, surrounded by vines and wooded hillsides, as far as you can see. The vineyard was originally planted in the 19th century with grapes from Europe. The winery is located within Bartholomew Park, surrounded by a large grassy area (perfect for kids to run around and play) and picnic tables, plus hiking trails.
Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in Sonoma County:
A house rental has lots of advantages for families - full kitchen and dining area, swimming pool, washer and dryer, and more.