The first thing to note about Sonoma is that no matter where you are in the region, you are never far from excellent, tempting wines and rolling valleys.

In the North of Sonoma, the towns Asti, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, and Windsor all hover off of the main road through Sonoma, Highway 101. Healdsburg has a quieter feel than Sonoma town but is known for quaint appeal, good restaurants and relaxed character.

In the west, the Russian River Valley offers great wine options. The towns of Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio and Duncans Mills dot the area. The area is also known for its nature hiking, canoeing or fishing options. The Russian River and Green Valley areas have beeen fondly nicknamed by the locals as the Land of Pinot Noir, but also offer up some other varieties such as Zinfandel. In Russian river valley, some popular vineyards to visit are Iron Horse and Korbel (known for its sparkling wine).

In Central Sonoma, Santa Rosa is a good place to visit. Visitors enjoy its quaint feel as a good escape. However, since it is the biggest town in Sonoma, it also contains big fair grounds where many events are held yearly (  http://www.visitsantarosa.com/).

On the Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay, Fort Ross, and the Sea Ranch attract visitors for their serene views. There are many exclusive vacation escapes on this coast as well as golf courses and luxury spas. ( http://www.bodegabay.com/) Also, other must-see areas are Carneros Region (so. of the town of Sonoma) which has its very famous collection of yummy Carneros wines such as its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Sonoma valley is home to the idyllic little Sonoma town itself along with Fetters and Boyes Hot Springs. Sonoma town is typical of the heomly welcoming feel that sets Sonoma apart from Napa as the more relaxing place to be.  In Sonoma Valley – which is between Sonoma and Santa Rosa, there are even more vineyards to check out such as Arrowood, known for good Cabernet, Benziger which offers a vineyard tram tour, and Kunde which has Wine cave tours and Kenwood. 

There are several websites that can help visitors decide what areas to visit and how to schedule wine tours (one example is http://www.bestinsonoma.com/) in all these regions.