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5 Unique Things to do in Sonoma: Ziplines, Treehouses, Wineries & More

Things to do in Sonoma

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There are so many things to do in Sonoma, California besides visiting the world famous wineries. Sonoma County is known for its incredible wines and vineyards (we DID check some of them out!) but we also discovered that there are so many other things to do in this region. From California’s longest zipline to a large outdoor market filled with local artisans – Sonoma County is filled with hidden gems. If you’re looking to go out of the box for your next visit to Sonoma Valley, you will be so pleasantly surprised by all the amazing activities we found. Bonus: we shared some of our favourite restaurants and accommodations as well.

Also, if you’re planning to extend tour Sonoma County trip to other California regions, you’re going to want to check out our 8 Best Yosemite Hikes and Lookouts for Epic Photos. Not a hiker? Drive to the coast between Monterey and Big Sur. Learn more about where to stop along this route in our post Ultimate California Road Trip Pacific Coast Highway Guide.

5 THINGS TO DO IN SONOMA

The Barlow
  1. Take a zipline canopy tour with Sonoma Zipline Adventures. They have the longest zipline in California with speeds up to 40 mph. The treetop tour is a combination of zip lines and suspension bridges with a rappel at the end. This is a perfect activity for those seeking adventure and an adrenaline rush. This is one of the truly unique things to do in Sonoma that is perfect for ages 10 and up.
  2. Stay overnight in a treehouse. Sonoma Zipline Adventures also has a treehouse stay which we of course had to experience. There is nothing like sleeping and dining high in the Redwood treetops. The whole experience includes an afternoon zipline tour, dinner, nature hikes, an overnight stay in one of their unique treehouses, and a hot breakfast served in the treetops.
  3. Abbots Passage Winery. An organic family-owned and operated winery. They have an Instagram-friendly vibe, farmhouse style decor, and a beautiful outdoor “elegent picnic” space for wine tasting and snacks. Mingle amongst the grape vines and sun soaked Sonoma Valley while you try their signature tasting flight and pair it with a charcuterie board.
  4. Wine, dine and shop at The Barlow. A unique outdoor market that supports local and eco-conscious artisans and local small business owners. There are also cute spots to grab coffee and have a bite. You can also do a market tour with The Barlow which includes 7 stops and multiple wine tastings along the way.
  5. Spend the day at the Flamingo Resort’s pool and spa. Book a massage or spa treatment and then relax by the pool. Extend your stay and dine at Lazeaway Club, their poolside restaurant with the cutest Californian decor. Don’t want to end the night there? Book a stay in one of their rooms and enjoy some nightly entertainment at their bar.

WHERE TO STAY IN SONOMA

Treehouse stay at Sonoma Zipline Adventures

Stay in a treehouse at Sonoma Zipline Adventures. Sleep amongst the Redwoods in a treehouse fit for royalty. These unique treehouses are sitting high above the earth between multiple suspension bridges. As mentioned above, this treehouse experience include a zipline tour, guided hikes, dinner served room service style to your treehouse, and a warm breakfast before you depart.

Flamingo Resort and Spa. A fun-filled resort with a beautiful spa. Get an organic facial in the spa, and then spend some time in their brand new state-of-the-art health club. There is plenty to do on-site including a beautiful large pool, hot tub, daily fitness classes and nightly entertainment. If you’re a real holiday fanatic, book the Santa Suite. This seasonally sweet room is dedicated to all things festive. It’s one of the coolest things to do in Sonoma during the holidays. Note: This resort is LGBTQIA+ friendly.

WHERE TO EAT IN SONOMA

Charcuterie and wine at Abbots Passage

Lazeaway Club. Located at Flamingo Resort & Spa, this restaurant has classic California vibes with the freshest menu full of Pacific-inspired dishes.

Marla Bakery. A new bakery in Sonoma inspired by the seasons. Their luxe baked goods are made with fresh, local and organic ingredients.

The Altamont General Store. Minutes from Sonoma Zipline Adventures, we recommend planning to eat here AFTER your zipline experience, because after this experience, you’ll have worked up an appetite. The food here is so good, and we loved how close it was to nearby attractions. We recommend trying the fish tacos!

Fern Bar at The Barlow

Fern Bar. Located at The Barlow this garden-to-table restaurant is inspired by Sonoma’s biodiversity. Their drink menu features handmade beers and spirit-free cocktails. We recommend their weekend brunch, the menu is to die for!

Abbots Passage Winery

We are so happy we found so many things to do in Sonoma that did not revolve around wine. From zipline tours and treehouse stays, to incredible luxury resorts with state-of-the-art spas, we think everyone should add Sonoma to their bucket list.

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