More than 30 cities, towns and villages are located in Sonoma County. The biggest city and county seat is Santa Rosa, in the center. Other prominent towns include Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Guerneville, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, and Healdsburg.
More than 55 miles of dramatic Pacific coast create Sonoma County’s western border. Sonoma Coast is rugged, dramatic, and scenic – yet approachable. It’s perfect for relaxing at the beach for the day, taking a hike, camping, or planning a romantic, private picnic. Miles of trails, some wide sandy beaches, and scenic overlooks beckon travelers to get out and explore. Discover quaint sea villages here: Bodega, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Fort Ross, The Sea Ranch, and Timber Cove.
The Russian River resort area is a vacation destination surrounded by ancient redwoods in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, just a few miles from the spectacular Sonoma Coast. The Russian River resort destination beckons travelers to explore, play, or just relax. Visitors today find charming towns – Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Cazadero, and Duncans Mills – filled with local shops and galleries.
It’s the array of wine regions that offer pastoral vistas that lure visitors from around the globe to stop and smell the grape vines in Sonoma County's valleys and vineyards: Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale, Occidental, Freestone, Rohnert Park and Cotati.
More info about all towns: www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-county-cities
Explore Sonoma County’s history, with a trip to the town of Sonoma. Sonoma is home to the last Spanish-Mexican mission built in California, the location of California’s oldest winery: Buena Vista Winery, and the state’s oldest, continually operating family winery: Gundlach-Bundschu. Sonoma State Historic Park preserves the Sonoma Mission and the Sonoma Barracks, as well as the nearby historic home of General Vallejo. Shops, tasting rooms, restaurants, bakeries, and a historic theater line the streets around the Sonoma Plaza – an eight-acre town square, the largest in California.
Healdsburg is a wine and culinary epicenter. Sitting at the juncture of three prime winegrowing regions — the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley wine appellations — makes this charming town an ideal base for wine tasting, gourmet dining, art galleries and shopping.