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California’s sunny environs are famous throughout the world for its beautiful sunshine and wineries. Its capital is Napa Valley, but just a little while away from the main centre of wine lies the quaint little town of Sonoma County. This scenic place gave birth to the wine industry of California in the 19th century. The natural topography of the regions, its crisp Californian sunshine and influx of immigrants who brought with them the wine-making techniques from France and Spain, kickstarting a new industry here. You are likely to see plenty of Spanish and Mexican influences all over town in Sonoma. The main town is serene and peaceful, you can spend hours under the sun and not feel a minute of boredom. While the outskirts of Sonoma are the sites of its famous vineyards, the main town is a tribute to its struggle for emancipation. Sonoma was first visited by the Spanish missionaries in 1823. It was once under the control of the Mexican government. It became a part of the United States when California achieved its statehood in 1850. In the heart of the town, you will see the buildings that played an important role from the days of the missionaries to Sonoma’s status as a free town. A visit to Sonoma is a must for wine lovers and those interested in the history of California. Not just connoisseurs, a large portion of visitors in this town are here for the adrenaline rush. Sonoma has two racing tracks just out of town where everyone from beginners to high-speed racers can participate in rallies. Do not forget to check out the olive farms in town. Sonoma is an important town for the olive oil industry too. This is the perfect destination for you if a quiet place away from the city, relaxing in the countryside, and the good life is what beckons you on your journeys.

Sonoma Valley in the state of California is best known for its culinary experiences, shopping, spas, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. Some of the attractions in Sonoma Valley are: Visiting wineries, Sonoma Valley has more than 100 wineries overlooking castles and chateaus to modern looking lounges where you can learn the process of making wine first hand and also spend the afternoon in the cellar, tasting wine; Playing golf at the Oakmont Golf Club; Going on a Balloon Tour that lets you experience the beautiful countryside from up above; Visiting Annadel State Park; Enjoying Canoe Trips on the Russian River; Visiting the Ernie Smith Regional Park; hiking in the Jack London State Park; and enjoying a hike up the Hood Mountain.

Sonoma Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Sonoma tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC -.08.00
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles.
  • You may need an adapter to fit the appliance to the socket. You will also need a converter to change voltage.
  • Internet: Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi.
  • Security: Emergency number-911
  • Visitor’s Bureau: 707-996-1090
  • Tipping: Should be based on your experience in the tasting rooms.
  • Tips are expected for porters, cab drivers, servers, drivers, tour guides etc.
  • The weather can be quite unpredictable here. Layered clothing is recommended.
  • Wear sturdy shoes when walking around town or the vineyards.
  • You can take a case of wine with you as a part of the free luggage allowance when travelling by Alaska airlines.
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Facts and Stats for Sonoma*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sonoma

    Know the pollution level of Sonoma before you plan your visit.

    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Sonoma: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sonoma for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sonoma.

    • Burglary and Theft 21.43 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.17 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 21.43 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.57 (Low)
    • Attacks 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 64.29 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.43 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 35.71 (Low)
  • Living in Sonoma - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sonoma is 210.41 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 72.28 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.43 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 7.18 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.5 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 89.71 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 84.31 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.26 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 124.53 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sonoma

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sonoma

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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