Sonoma County Resources and Recommendations
In addition to being one of the top wine country destinations in the United States, boosting world-famous wineries and fifteen distinct wine growing appellations, Sonoma County also offers countless opportunities to discover and experience a region rich in food culture, outdoor activities and year-round cultural events.
Farms and Farmer's Markets
Blessed with rich soil and a Mediterranean climate, Northern California wine country produces more than just grapes for world-famous wineries. Distinctive microclimates throughout the region are also responsible for a cornucopia of edibles grown by family-owned farms and frequently transformed by artisan producers into delectable goods.
With a mission to preserve Sonoma County’s rich agricultural heritage, Farm Trails, a not-for-profit organization was established in 1973. Along with useful guides and maps to help plan your visits to area farms, the organization also produces agricultural events and educational programs throughout the year.
Visit the Farm Trails website for detailed information, resources and upcoming events.
Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail
Sonoma County is recognized as the center of California’s artisanal cheese movement. More than 100 different cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo milk cheeses are produced in a region comprising 22,000 acres. Cheeses including fermented products like yogurt are typically made with traditional cheese making methods in small quantities. These include artisanal cheeses, also known as farmstead cheese, a designation given to those cheeses made with milk on a farm produced from its own animals. Visit the Cheese Trail website for a Trail map, lists of cheese-makers open to the public, plus information about tours, educational events and cheese-making classes.
Oak Hill Farm
The best food is what's is in-season and grown closest to you! Within minutes of Villa Terra Nova, Oak Hill Farm, with 25 acres of productive farmland, harvests more than 200 varieties of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers, perennial greenery, and herbs throughout the year.
For a complete list of Farmer's Markets in Sonoma County, click here.
Sonoma Valley Restaurants
With a mild Mediterranean climate and an abundance of year-round crops, Sonoma County provides a continual source of culinary inspiration. Featuring over 600 restaurants, a wide variety of selections from Michelin- and Zagat-rated restaurants, charming farm-to-table locations, ethnic eateries, to memorable coffee houses and artisan bakeries, endless culinary adventures await visitors and locals alike.
Villa Terra Nova guests enjoy a wide selection of dining choices minutes from the property. The following list represents a selection specific to Sonoma Valley and the Historic Plaza. A complete list is available to guests in addition to wineries that feature on-site restaurants and tasting venues.
For a full list of Sonoma Valley Restaurants, click here.
Arts and Culture
The wine country offers an array of museums, festivals and annual events in film, music, dance and theatre. Click here for a partial list of resources in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
Relaxation in the Wine Country
From high-end to bohemian, the spas of northern California’s wine country offer a wide selection of styles and healing arts services. Villa Terra Nova guests not only enjoy close proximity to these many spa options but also to on-site massage services that may be arranged.
Distinctive to the region, many historical spa facilities have evolved in the nearby geothermal hot spring towns of Sonoma, Agua Caliente, St. Helena and Calistoga.
Boyes Hot Springs first gained notoriety in the 1800’s when underground thermal waters were discovered and the region’s first mineral water resort was developed. The property was developed over the years by various owners and is now operated by The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. Conveniently located less than two miles away from Villa Terra Nova, day visits with access to the thermal pools and spa facilities are available to our guests.
The town of Calistoga, so named by its founder Samuel Brannan in 1862 in reference to California and the popular spa town of Saratoga Springs in New York, quickly became a destination for San Franciscans seeking the “healing powers” of its hot springs. Today, a variety of historic and new thermal water facilities provide a range of hydro spa treatments, most famously thermal mud baths composed of volcanic ash. Calistoga’s most recent therapeutic addition is Spa Solage, featuring a bathhouse, mud bar and geo-thermal pools.
Thermal spa treatments vary throughout different cultures and in Freestone, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary offers a rejuvenating Japanese version known as a Cedar Enzyme Bath. Although not water-based, heat is generated naturally by the careful fermenting of fragrant ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes imported from Japan. Immersion in this mixture provides a deeply relaxing experience combined with various health benefits. Along with its mix of massage and skin care services, the five-acre property is widely recognized for its award-winning Japanese-inspired gardens.
With its roots in the fruit of the vine, vinotherapy plays a fitting role in wine country spa culture. Originating in France, this therapy incorporates extracts, essential oils and even grape seeds that are the byproduct of the winemaking process. Famed for its antioxidant properties and their subsequent benefit to the skin, vinotherapy treatments and products are a uniquely reviving choice for travelers. Located underground in a 22,000 square-foot estate wine cave, Spa Terra at the Meritage Resort in Napa offers treatments utilizing a variety of grape products. In St. Helena, Health Spa Napa Valley has grape seed mud wraps and scrubs on the menu and in Glen Ellen, Magical Massage and Inspiration provides massage and skincare services in a 22-foot wine barrel!
Click here for a list that highlights a few wine country spas recognized for their unique services, products and location. A complete list of Sonoma County spas is available upon request for Villa Terra Nova guests.
A winemaking mecca since the mid 19th century, Sonoma County’s heritage is enriched by fascinating stories of families, partnerships and individuals inspired by the region to establish roots, grow grapes, develop wineries and craft their own wines. In addition to creating distinctive wines, countless wineries, many world-renown, are also recognized for their unique architecture, stunning gardens, outdoor sculpture collections, and year-round events in viticulture, culinary programs, art exhibits and concerts.
A variety of self-guided and customized tour services are available to Villa Terra Nova guests, offering an extensive selection of wine experiences at tasting rooms, wineries, vineyards, wine caves, restaurants and various year-round events.
In addition to the list of Sonoma County wineries, Sonoma County, Sonoma County Wine Growers and Wine Country provide winery search options by alphabetical order, type of wine, wine-making techniques, and location venues.
Click here to see the full list of Sonoma County Wineries.