wine country
Sonoma Valley - West County

Sonoma Valley and Somona County West are perfect for a family weekend, or spend a week exploring state parks, historic towns, 19th century ranches, farms and orchards, with miles of hiking trails, biking through gorgeous countryside, and it's a great area to just relax. In Sonoma and Petaluma, discover Spanish houses and ranchos, pick apples in fall in Sebastopol, visit the ranch home of author Jack London and see a two thousand year old redwood tree.

Sonoma Valley

Jack London Ranch
Glen Ellen
Sugarloaf Ridge
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County West

Petaluma Adobe


Read on our blog: "Sonoma County Farm Trails: Meet Nutmeg and Cocoa" ,"Sonoma Valley in Spring," "Petaluma Adobe: Rancho Living History Day" and "Farm Trails Spring."
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.
Family Hotels

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:

Sonoma County family hotels
Family Hotels

A house rental has lots of advantages for families - full kitchen and dining area, swimming pool, washer and dryer, and more.

Sonoma County family vacation rentals

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