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What to do in Sonoma Valley — Well, how many days do you have?

There’s wine tasting and dining, of course, but plenty of activities for the thrill seeker. How about a little hiking, biking, horseback riding, racecar driving or an over-head tour of Sonoma Valley in a vintage biplane? You could take a cooking class or cruise the pastoral countryside to the coast, or just stay in town and explore our eight-acre historic plaza, the largest town square of its kind in California. Enjoy a picnic, then stroll by shops and restaurants adjacent to carefully preserved 19th century adobe buildings, including the Mexican Army barracks and General Vallejo’s home, and the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, the last in California’s 21-mission El Camino Real. And, if your wine country trip takes you further into Sonoma County, along Highway 101 and a stop in Healdsburg, visit our sister hotel, the BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn. .

Historic Sonoma Plaza

Just a short walk from Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn, the eight-acre Sonoma Plaza is the largest townsquare of its kind in California and a National Historic Landmark built in 1835. The carefully preserved adobe buildings include the Mexican Army Barracks, General Vallejo's home, and the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, the last in California's 21-mission chain. The Plaza was also the site of the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846, an event that led to California statehood. For more information about the many historic sites on and around the Plaza, click here!

Jack London State Park

A 1959 gift of land-about 40 acres-from an heir to the Jack London estate marked the beginning of what is now a beautiful 800-acre state park in Glen Ellen, a 20-minute drive from the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn. In addition to meadows, forests, redwoods, and wildflowers, the park includes London's grave, a museum, and the ruins of Wolf House, London's dream home, which burned to the ground just weeks before he was scheduled to move in. Trails take you to breathtaking views of the valley, and through the grounds of London's Beauty Ranch. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here!

Sonoma Overlook Trail

This gently graded, two-mile trail leads through shaded oak woodlands and sunny meadows to a stunning view of Sonoma and San Pablo Bay. The   hike takes about two hours. The trailhead is located just off the Sonoma Plaza, outside the gate of Mountain Cemetery at 90 First Street West. Docent-led hikes are available. For more information call 707-996-9744 or click here!

Train Town

 Sure to delight parents and children a like, Sonoma's Train Town is one of the country's largest scale-railroads. It's open daily from June through September and on Fridays and weekends the rest of the year. A petting zoo, Ferris wheel, carousel, roller coaster, and other vintage rides are also on the grounds. For more information, call 707-938-3912 or click here!

Eco Tours

Parks, trails, valleys, and hills abound in Sonoma Valley, which includes 13,000 acres of parkland. Our concierge can recommend docent-led or self-guided hikes throughout the region and just a short distance away. For a list of nearby parks and information on Sonoma Valley ecology, click here!

Horseback Riding

Explore the trails of nearby state parks on the trusty steeds of the Triple Creek Horse Outfit. Guided tours are offered for riders of all abilities, and they can tailor an outing to suit your needs. Triple Creek Horse Outfit offers rides in several Sonoma and Napa locations, all within a 30-minute drive from the Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn. For more information, click here!

Ramekins Culinary School

Explore the culinary arts during your stay by signing up for cooking classes at Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School. Offerings include team classes and private-class parties covering scores of topics from appetizers to desserts to entrees in every style of cuisine. Ramekins is located just four blocks from the Sonoma Plaza at 450 West Spain Street. For more information, click here!

Sonoma Raceway and Jim Russell Racing School

Experience thrills and speed at Sonoma's world-renowned Sonoma Raceway. Come see some of the world's best drivers take to the track, or rev your own engine at   the Jim Russell Racing School. Offering everything from karting and performance driving classes to group adventures to guided "hot laps" around the track, this school will surely add a note of adrenaline to your Sonoma stay. Sonoma Raceway and the Russell Racing School are a 10-minute drive (at the speed limit, please!) from the Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn. For more information, click here!

Biplane Rides

Soar through the air above beautiful Sonoma Valley in an expertly restored vintage biplane. Take a leisurely excursion or add a few aerobatic thrills. Flights leave from the Sonoma Valley Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn on Highway 121. For more information, click here!

Hot Air Balloons

The Napa Valley is second only to South Africa as a center of hot-air ballooning. Choose from a wide range of breathtaking scenic adventures offered by multiple providers. For details, click here!

Cave Wineries

Are you ready for some upscale spelunking? Several wineries in the Sonoma Valley store and age their wines in underground caves. Rich with atmosphere, these caves provide natural climate and humidity control, ultimately contributing to the wine's final flavor. Tours are available by appointment, and most of the wineries listed below are a 10- to 20-minute drive from the Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn. For more information, visit:

Golfing

Not every square inch of Sonoma Valley soil is reserved for planting grapes or olives. If golf is your passion, you'll find many beautiful golf courses within a short drive of the Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn. Try hitting 18 holes at Rooster Run Golf Club or Adobe Creek Golf Club. For more information, click here! 

Ed & Jonnie's Trolley

Let Ed & Jonnie’s Trolley be your designated driver as you travel through some of the most scenic areas of Sonoma Valley, see our secret treasured wineries and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared in the onboard kitchen.

Tour includes wine tasting at three locations in the valley.  Tasting fees not included. A sample tour may include some of these wineries: Gundlach Bundschu, Glen Oaks Ranch, Little Vineyards, Sebastiani and B. R. Cohn Winery.

The Trolley will pick you up at the front desk of the Best Western PLUS Sonoma Valley Inn.

For more information call (707) 484-9897 or Click Here!

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