Sonoma is just like Napa... 30 years ago! While Napa Valley has blossomed into the wine and food mecca of the world, nearby Sonoma has stayed humble to its roots. Open roads, fewer tourists, cheaper tastings, it's no wonder that Sonoma has quietly become the secret getaway for wine lovers.
But unlike Napa, Sonoma is spread out. That's why you need Local Wally's Sonoma Tourist Guide for the insider's guide to the Best of Sonoma. I'll show you the best wineries, from tiny family run wineries to the big names like Kunde or Coppola. I'll also make sure you don't end up in a rat trap hotel or waste your appetite dining in a chain restaurant. There's no guessing, no fluff, if it's good, it's here. If it's not, it's not!
Unlike the big corporate websites that have to keep their advertisers happy, I'm just a regular guy who loves wine... and loves vacations. But finding the good stuff on Sonoma in regular tour books is hard work, and finding unbiased recommendations even harder.
That's why I always talk with the locals wherever I go. They know the best things to do, the best places to eat, and the stuff to avoid. Just ask a Sonoma local what wineries to visit - they know.
And now you will too, thanks to Local Wally. Over the years I've collected a lot of Sonoma tips and recommendations from the locals and now it's time to pass them on to you. It's like having your own Sonoma Insider with you all the time! Look, I'll even help you figure out your agenda if you email me - for free!
Want coupons? Every free Sonoma winery coupon is here, for free! Napa coupons? No problem! And now you can use the Priority Wine Pass in Sonoma, the best way to get free wine (use promo code "localwally" when signing up).
We'll spend our time in the Carneros and Sonoma Valley areas. It's close enough to Napa Valley to make a day trip possible and the large concentration of wineries means you'll be doing more drinking than driving. Here's a preview of what's inside:
BEST HOTELS: I only recommend hotels that I would actually stay at, from big Sonoma resorts to cheap and clean.
BEST WINERIES: From the big names to the hidden gems, the best Sonoma wineries. No tourist traps! No endless lists!
FREE TASTINGS: A complete list of Sonoma's complimentary tastings and free two-for-one coupons. That's right, free!
BEST DINING: From picnics to 5 Star, stick with me and every meal in Sonoma will be your best ever.
WINERY PASS: Forget about coupons and apps and get the card for free wine - $40 with promo code "localwally".
TRIPADVISOR: Direct links to what other Sonoma visitors have said, plus the best rates on hotels and travel packages!
LET'S GO EXPLORE!
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SONOMA
2015: Sonoma is growing up fast and quickly becoming more than a day trip from Napa. The days of free wine are almost gone but you can live in the past with my new partner, Priority Wine Pass.
Get your card for $40 with promo code "localwally". Good for a year, the card pays for itself in the first hour.
Don't forget to visit Napa Valley Home and Garden, my online store that brings Napa and Sonoma farmhouse living to your house. No junk, my interior decorator wife spent tons of time finding cool stuff. Check it out!
Want even more Sonoma info? Search out hotel and restaurant reviews via my TripAdvisor links, compare rates, even book the best deal there. Nice, very nice.