Step into Sonoma County, and don’t be surprised if things look a little familiar. Some of our country’s most notable cinematic classics have been filmed in the region, including American Graffiti in Petaluma, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in Bodega Bay, just to name a couple.
Of course, what the area is primarily known for is its wines and wineries, and the county stands as the largest producer in wine country. With 17 different viticultural areas, each with its own distinct character, and almost 60,000 acres of vineyards, opportunities to taste, savor, and learn are nearly limitless.
A drive along Highway 1 offers incredible vistas of the rugged coastline, while acres of redwood forests are ready for you to explore. At Jack London State Park not only are there miles of trails to hike and bike, but historic buildings and exhibits highlighting the literary legend’s life and times. And as a nod to one of Sonoma County’s most famous residents, Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, Santa Rosa is dotted with large statues of Snoopy, along with those of Charlie Brown, Woodstock, and Lucy. For a look at some of the master’s original Peanuts strips, locals and visitors alike head to the Schulz museum to enjoy the exhibits.