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Historic Sonoma

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A September 2000 trip to Sonoma by Barb B

The Plaza  Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County More Photos
Quote: Just 60 minutes from the Golden Gate, you return to a rural country scene: Ranches and vineyards spread across rolling hillsides. You will think you have entered the scene from a western movie as you experience the quiet senic charm of Sonoma.

Historic Sonoma

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Overview

Plaza Fountain Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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Just over the Golden Gate bridge and through prestidious Marin county, you begin to sense that you are approaching a quieter, gentler place. You turn North from Highway 101 onto Highway 37, and suddenly the smell of alfalfa and freshly cut grass, overcome you --you have finally escaped the 'City.'As you join Highway 12, California's wine country opens before you. Row after row of grape vines march over hillsides. Each vine wearing a thin strip of foil swaying in the breeze, as farmers' attempt to keep the birds from consuming their precious products. Wineries appear along the roadside, each beckoning with offers of fermented nectars. The road ends at Sonoma, squarely in front of the magn...Read More

Cucina Viansa Piatti Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Cucina Viansa"

Cucina Viansa Piatti Restaurant & Bar Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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A relatively new restaurant in Sonoma, Cucina Viansa describes itself as a gourmet kitchen and wine bar. It has a fantastic location, right in the center of town and amid several outstanding tourist attractions. The decor is very pleasant, reminiscent of an Italian deli. Well lit with walls of polished wood, black and white checkerboard floor and shiny deli display cases. Suits of armour stand guard between the round dining tables. There is a fine selection of panini (sandwiches) all priced at $6.95 All are served on your choice of sourdough or herbed focaccia bread. If you choose a pasta salad, you can order small($2.49), medium ($4.29), or large ($6.95) depending on your appetite tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Cucina Viansa Piatti Restaurant & Bar
405 1st Street W
Sonoma, California 95476
(707) 996-2351

Buena Vista Winery

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Attraction

Buena Vista Winery Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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One of the most colorful personalities to settle in Sonoma was COL Agoston Haraszthy. A native of Hungary, he came to Sonoma in 1857 and soon became friends with General Vallejo. The two shared a passion for fine wines and soon developed a friendly competition to see who could produce the most outstanding wines. With permission from California's Governor, Haraszthy brought sample cuttings of foreign grape varieties to california in 1861. His careful and scientific methods of selecting, planting and grooming the grapes earned him the title of 'Father of California Wines'. Today, his estate and vineyards are available for visitors to see and enjoy at Buena Vista Winery. Much of Sonoma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, California 95476
(707) 938-1266

Sonoma Plaza

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Attraction | "A Visit to "The Plaza""

Sonoma Plaza Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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The town of Sonoma is designed around a central Plaza. An inviting garden of pink roses and a circular fountain beckon as you approach the historic City hall and Court house at the center of the Plaza. Arched windows and entry ways provide a reminder of the strong Spanish influence over Sonoma for many years. The flags of several countries have flown over Sonoma at one time or another: Spain, England, Russia, Mexico, the Bear Flag, and the United Sates flag. Throughout the Plaza plaques and bronze markers announce the significant events which have occurred in the plaza, much to the interest of visitors and the delight of a group of noisy school children who excitedly explore the Pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Sonoma Plaza
W Napa St
Sonoma, California 95476

San Francisco Solano Mission

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Attraction | "Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma"

San Francisco Solano Mission Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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Mission San Francisco Solono, the last of the California's 21 missions, stands opposite the North East corner of the Plaza in Sonoma. The site was selected and consecrated by Father Jose Altimira in July 1823. The site provided all of the basic needs for the mission. Water, wood, stone and other building materials were readily available and the rich soil conditions and warm climate were promising for agriculture. In 1825, the first building was completed. A low wooden structure plastered inside and out with whitewashed mud, it was used as living quarters. This building has been reconstructed and stands near the present chapel. It is the oldest building in Sonoma. The mission reached it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

San Francisco Solano Mission
363 3rd St W
Sonoma, California 95476
(707) 938-9560

Bodega Bay

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Attraction | "Bodega Bay is for THE BIRDS"

Bodega Bay Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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Anyone who ever trembled in their chair watching the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "THE BIRDS", will want to make at least a quick stop at the town of Bodega, where the famous movie was shot. Just a quarter of a mile inland from California’s Coast Highway 1, is the 19th century town of Bodega. The ancient schoolhouse still casts gray shadows over the hillside and images of 'the birds' swarming into the old 76 gas station near the edge of town will be reawakened. It was overcast and a heavy mist hung in the air as we walked up the hill to the tiny graveyard outside the old church and graveyard. Funny how such a quiet little town could conjure up such vivid and scary memories! Took a few pictur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2000

Bodega Bay
Coast Highway
Sonoma, California

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