City of Sonoma

Population: 11,024
Total Area: 2.74 square miles

In just a one hour drive from San Francisco you can be in the quiet City of Sonoma, the birthplace of wine-making in California. Many residents now are third and fourth generation descendants of immigrants who came to the area to work in wine-making.

Sonoma is laid out in the standard form of a Mexican town with the Sonoma Plaza at the center of an eight-acre town square. The plaza is the largest historic plaza in California and a National Historic Landmark to its colonial past. Earlier, the area was populated nearby by Coast Miwok, Southern Pomo, Wappo, Suisunes, and Patwin peoples when Europeans arrived.

A variety of birds, small mammals and amphibians frequent Sonoma Creek and Arroyo Seco Creek waterways, as well as deer and mountain lions.


  • Sonoma International Film Festival
  • Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
  • Mission San Francisco Solano
  • Sonoma State Historic Park
  • Wineries
  • Mineral hot springs
  • Montini Open Space Preserve
  • Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

Sources: Wikipedia, Cities and Towns of Sonoma County, City of Sonoma, Explore Sonoma County

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