Located just a short drive from San Fransisco, Sonoma County is a place for indulgence, relaxation and romance. Expect to find yourself sipping wine at a seemingly never-ending vineyard, sampling local produce and dining at award-winning restaurants.

John Ash & Co

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Eat: John Ash & Co

If you love farm-to-table cuisine, then John Ash & Co’s bounty of beautiful dishes will surely tickle your taste buds. Plucking their fresh ingredients from their own gardens and local farms, this elegant restaurant creates organic and seasonal dishes inspired by wine country cuisine.

Standout dishes from the current seasonal menu include Angus beef carpaccio with local olives, basil, arugula and parmesan foam; roasted pacific white sea bass with herb spaetzle, spiced apple braised greens and a parsley emulsion; and sticky toffee pudding with bourbon toffee sauce and an apple-currant compote.

Buena Vista Winery Sonoma County

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Drink: Buena Vista Winery

Founded in 1857 (before wineries were even a thing in California!), Buena Vista Winery is the state’s first premium winery and is now a historic landmark complete with a visitor’s centre and glamorous tasting room. The winery offers a number of tasting experiences including the opportunity to become a ‘Winemaker for a Day’. This unique experience includes an introduction through the art of blending followed by a visit to the ‘Cave of Curiosity’ to create your own personalised bottle of red wine complete with customised label.

Vintners Inn Sonoma County

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Stay: Vintners Inn

A day of wine tasting and indulging is rounded off perfectly with a cosy night’s sleep at the luxurious Vintners Inn in the Russian River Valley. This charming property is situated on 92 acres of vineyards and features three stunning dining venues – including four-diamond restaurant John Ash & Co – as well as a spa that offers pamper packages including a fresh from the garden body scrub that uses the sensual fragrance of exotic flowers, such as fresh Tuberose, seductive Ylang Ylang and rich vanilla, to create a soothing body scrub and massage treatment.

The Barlow Sonoma County

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Play: The Barlow Market

Sample Sonoma County’s delicious produce at this 12-acre outdoor market that showcases food, wine, beer, spirits and crafts made on site by local artisans. Grab some freshly baked bread from the Village Bakery, enjoy some creamy cheese from WM Cofield Cheesemakers or enjoy a refreshing tipple from Woodfour Brewing. Whatever you’re after, you’ll enjoy soaking up the atmosphere at this lively local’s favourite.

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