Do You Speak Sonoma?

Good question.  For all the good folks who live in Sonoma County, they love where they are planted.  Senior visitors will find countless wineries, quaint towns, quality cafes, a hoard of art galleries and so much natural beauty. North of San Francisco 3/4 hr  and just to the west of Sacramento, Sonomads as they call themselves, are the folks who embrace the wanderlust of Sonoma Wine Country.

Corkscrews and Coasting

The Sonomads living among so many famous wineries and the long west coast of California, invite senior visitors to come and to learn their language.  It does not require a dictionary or any grammar rules, just a desire to explore those 370 wineries and miles and miles of Pacific coastline. If you are an “epicurious senior”, you will discover a host of fine restaurants, many of them new.

Taste a new varietal as you visit some of the fine wineries, and get outdoors. The largest area, the Russian River Valley, has 130 wineries, which do their thing with grapes grown on 10,000 acres.

The 1000 year old redwood forests and hiking trails invite outdoor-oriented senior visitors to enjoy the many sounds of nature. The 50 miles of coastline have a plethora of scenic viewpoints where senior travelers can observe whales basking in the azure waters.  Any way you slice Sonoma County you find 15 American Viticulture Areas (those are the appellations or wine regions) each with a unique terroir (ground condition) that features some of the best Zinfandels in the world.  The Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs rate right up there and  you will even discover a fine Malbec that is a new favorite. They like to use the term “Forkscrews” as while the wine is excellent, the food is a delight as well. That term actually is used as a multipurpose utensil facilitating wine and food pairings.

The “Official Sonoma County” URL has it all put together for you with links for Things to Do, Food and Wine, Lodging, Maps and Planning, Travel Tips and Special Deals just for you.  The county boasts a world-class arts scene along with music, theater, dance, film, literature and many visual arts. You can plan your visit around a series of festivals and events if that is your interest.

That Coastline Draws Senior Travelers

The 50 mile coastline of northern California Sonoma County makes for a stunning drive as you pass through state and regional parks. The Coast is rugged, dramatic and highly scenic. And those grey whales! They claim that there are pods of over 20,000 that migrate along the coast from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Cortez.

Bodega Head seems to be a favorite spot for a great whale watch. The coast is cool and the weather is always moderate. You’ll find a host of fine resorts in picturesque settings all along the Pacific. Enjoy Sonoma County and America’s premier wine country. jeb



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