Taking tourists on a stroll around the Sonoma Plaza is one of my favorite things to do when they arrive in town; everyone always has a fantastic time and is never let down. The Plaza is the best place to spend a day because you can sample everything there.

Napa or Sonoma is a common question from visitors. I always say both, too. Everywhere you go, you’ll have a completely distinct experience. Although I was raised in Sonoma County and am biased since I prefer our more laid-back atmosphere, I love to visit Napa because it is chic and gorgeous to view. I call Sonoma my home, and I absolutely adore acting as a tour guide in my backyard.

I took each of these photos with my go-to favorite lens, the 35mm Nikkor f2 that I previously stated as the in this Yosemite post . Because of its compact design and adaptability for walkabout photography, I adore this lens. With a range of f/2 to f/22, you can achieve sharp landscape images from a distance or, when necessary, shallow depth of field at a wide aperture.

Regardless of where you park your car, make sure you walk the entire area since it will be worthwhile.

Both the renowned Girl and the Fig restaurant and Summervine, a stunning home store, can be found on the Plaza’s north side. Visit the historic Swiss Hotel for dinner or the Sonoma Cheese Shop for picnic supplies.

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You may discover a variety of stores, bars, and art galleries on the east side of the Plaza, as well as a number of hip lanes to explore. You’ll pass the Sebastiani Theater, the Ledson tasting area, and the renowned Basque Cafe (great breads and salads). Visit the Sonoma Wine Shop; they are knowledgeable and only sell boutique wines, which is a wonderful change from the Sonoma Valley’s mass-produced commercial wines.

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Numerous stores, eateries, and wine tasting rooms may be found on the south side. The atmosphere at Pangloss Cellars wine room is fantastic.

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The Sunflower Caffe, a fantastic bar, an olive oil tasting area, an art museum, and my favorite spot to splurge on lunch—the garden of the El Dorado Hotel—can all be found on the west side.

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A bottle of wine and some food can be brought or purchased, and you can have a carefree picnic in the park in the Plaza thanks to grandfathered alcohol consumption restrictions. You can bring the kids along because there are two playgrounds:) You can also visit any of the numerous additional sampling rooms you’ll find just off the Plaza.

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I hope you liked your stroll, and please stop by the Sonoma Plaza to see us soon.

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