Sonoma County - National Geographic Best of 2012
Best of the World 2012
National Geographic rates Sonoma County in Top 10
(reprinted from National Geographic web site - see link below)
American as Apple Pie“I’ve been to Napa and Sonoma,” you hear people say, as if they were one and the same. Sure, Sonoma’s 300-plus wineries, like those of vine-centric Napa, offer peak wine tasting, from Ravenswood’s deep Zinfandels to Gloria Ferrer’s sophisticated sparklers. But if you’ve visited only the county’s wineries, come back to sample the astounding diversity that makes Sonoma one of America’s travel treasures.
Spend some time floating in an inner tube down the Russian River and walking amid ancient giants—one over 1,400 years old—at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Poke around the old Russian stockade at Fort Ross, which turns 200 in 2012, or the Spanish adobe mission, San Francisco Solano, in Sonoma town. Hunt for antiques along Petaluma’s downtown Victorian row, and dine on seasonal sake-steamed, aged abalone at Michelin-starred Cyrus in Healdsburg. And don’t miss a flaky, fruit-packed slice of Gravenstein pie from Mom’s Apple Pie, a roadside stop outside Sebastopol. It ranks up there with a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as a real taste of Sonoma.
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Then there's what WE - who live here - have to say and yes - we are a LOT more than wineries and scenery. But hurrah that the word has a hint of our splendor. They can come visit any time. We love the economic support! Kind of sad to see they chose miles of monoculture as our scenery, however! So I offer you our coast - above - and below. Other places have vineyards - WE have the Sonoma Coast!