Sonoma is a county similar to Napa in a way that both have many vineyards and wineries. But Sonoma is less populous than Napa, which means it is quieter, more relaxed and with less pollution as well. It has a more varied terrain and unlike Napa, parts of the county are the coastal areas which add to the beauty of the place. Sonoma, just like most places in California, enjoys a lot of natural sceneries and a pleasant weather all year long.
Given the picture of Sonoma above, it will be a great decision if you and your family will move here. The surroundings are just exquisite. There are so many wineries and vineyards scattered across the area. It means plenty of wine tasting for you. Wine experience will never be complete unless it accompanies great foods as well. The good thing is there are top-rated restaurants in Sonoma which include Girl and Fig, Café LaHaye, and La Salette. Whether you prefer American or other international cuisines-Peruvian, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese- name it, you can find it here.
Aside from the food and wine activities, Sonoma Valley also houses a number of art galleries which include the Sonoma Valley Museum of the Art, Cornerstone Sonoma, and the Sonoma County Museum. Most of the paintings and other works of art draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the place. There are studios where you can view and buy art as there are many artists who live here, including visual artists, photographers, and painters.
In terms of festivals, the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has been around since 1897. The festival celebrates Sonoma’s culture with lots of music; a grape stomp and a fun run are major highlights. If you like movies, the Sonoma International Film Festival might just convince you to move here. Hot air balloon festivals are also being held here, and so with more local festivals throughout the year.
Sonoma’s natural surroundings can serve as a playground for the entire family. The county has more than 60 parks, including beaches and cliffs. The mountains and the coastal areas can provide a venue for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, biking, and even surfing. Because there are plenty of parks and open spaces, Sonoma is also thriving with different species of birds and other wildlife.
The crime rate in the whole county is below average. It also has many schools, both public and private, where your kids can enroll. Sonoma State University, established since 1960, is currently catering for over 9,000 students. Its tuition is about $7,000 per year.