Weekend Getaways: Sonoma Wine Country

Swirl. Smell. Sip. Repeat. The perfect getaway and wine tasting in Sonoma!

Now that our long-term traveling days are over, we look forward to weekend getaways to quench our wanderlust thirst. But waiting for the weekend can be such a drag some time, so we made the most of our free time and took a break from networking and job interviews for a midweek getaway.

To kick off our weekend getaway series, as I am sure we’ll be indulging in quite a few of these from here on out, we’re taking you to wine country! We’re frequent visitors to Napa, but I can’t believe this is our first time visiting Sonoma. What took us so long? I’d like to ask myself that same question. After all, it’s just on ‘the other side of the hill’.


I am obsessed, and possibly spoiled rotten, with The Cottage Inn & Spa. Peaceful and quaint, it’s a hidden oasis in the center of town and is the perfect romantic getaway stay in Sonoma. I adore the cozy feel of home, the tranquility in the fountains and courtyard, and appreciated our host for their level of attention to detail to make our stay as comfortable as possible.


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Some of the perks for staying at the inn: A basket of pastries delivered to your room in the morning along with fresh OJ stocked in your refrigerator. Complimentary wine tasting passes to many of the Sonoma wineries which you can bet we took full advantage of.


Sonoma is famous for cheese. Stop by Vella Cheese and make sure to ask for a sample of the mezzo secco, it’s so good, along with the jalapeno jack. For lunch, the Sonoma Market has everything from hot stations, salad bar, sandwiches and so much more. Check out our shared $15 lunch – turkey sandwich and salad!


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Enjoy a nice and casual dinner at The Girl & The Fig. Don’t forget the lavender creme brulee for dessert. And if that doesn’t hit your sweet tooth cravings, get a chocolate chunk sea salt cookie from Crisp Bake Shop.


For tastings with a personal one-on-one touch, head over to Scribe. Perched on a hill, it’s like a boutique winery, very chill and hipster-like. Tastings are done picnic-style outside. The winery is not advertised to the public and they only take reservations. They also bring you a cute cheese and olive board to go with your tasting.

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Kunde Estates is our new and official favorite. It’s rare when we come across a winery and leave with the desire to join their wine club. Kunde is one of those places. They have a beautiful property and great wines. My favorite is the Reserved Zinfandel. We also went on their free wine cave tour which was awesome.


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Our hotel recommended we hike the Sonoma Overlook Trail for a nice view of the County. Y’all know I’m not much of a hiker, but this was definitely doable in my books. It’s a short 45-minute walk up a steady and leveled path – a great morning exercise. And the view is pretty nice too.

After a few afternoon tastings in and around town, do yourself a favor and book a couples’ massage with The Cottage Inn & Spa. I kid you not, the best massage I’ve ever had. Ask for Kathryn. She worked out every knot I had from a year of travel down to my knuckles and toes. So amazing! After our relaxing massages, we were thrilled to find a special treat waiting for us at our suite!


The comparison between Napa Valley and Sonoma County is inevitable. And while Napa may win in a popularity contest, Sonoma has much to be proud of too: For that wine country experience without the tourists and out-of-towners. For the romantic getaway. For the deliciously crisp Chardonnays. For the charm and sophistication, the mellow attitude and chill atmosphere. For the cheese. And for the gorgeous vineyards, of course.

Have you been to Sonoma?


Disclaimer: We would like to thank Faye and the wonderful staff at The Cottage Inn & Spa for graciously hosting us during our Sonoma stay. As always, still my voice behind the blog.

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27 Responses to Weekend Getaways: Sonoma Wine Country

  1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma March 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Yes, many times and I LOVE it! That hotel looks amaaaaazing!!!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      It really was! What’s some of your favorite vineyards when you visit?

  2. Randi March 27, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Thanks for letting me relive the incredible experience my husband and I had at Faye’s charming establishment! Most relaxing vacation ever! Loved Girl and the Fig! Loved Imagery Estates! Can’t wait to go back!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Ooh, we tried to make it to Imagery but we were so wined out. lol. I’ve heard great things – guess we’ll just have to come back! :D

  3. Moaya Scheiman March 27, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Those wonderful baked pastries at the cottage inn also come from Crisp Bake Shop!

  4. The World Wanderer March 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    This sounds like heaven, though I’d probably spend all my time tasting..which is never a bad thing. LOVE that you went on a hike! :)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      I wouldn’t blame you.. I was surprised I went on a hike too.. you know me. LOL

  5. Lynn Abate-Johnson March 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    i downed a delicious brioche and a coffee from Crisp Bake Shop today and the rest of your choices are spot-on for a visit to Sonoma. Come back soon, to the Valley of the Moon. Glad you enjoyed your stay ;-)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      I’m just glad we’re a short drive away. I’m in need of another cookie and massage.. wine too! :)

  6. The World of Deej March 28, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    What an awesome weekend. We only made it up to Sonoma for a day trip last time out, and decided that would be our home base next visit. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later…

  7. Lauren DiMarco March 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    sounds like a amazing time! would love to go! way to make the best of the short trip!

  8. TravelEdits March 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Sounds like a really cool winery tour – really chilled out, would love to visit this part of the world some time!

  9. Leah Travels March 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I’ve yet to get to California wine country. Why is that? Please help me figure out my stupidity.

  10. Lazy Travelers March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    this looks sooo relaxing. love the new series!!

  11. Traveling Ted March 31, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    “Y’all know I am not much of a hiker.” When I read these words I thought this might be a guest post from Leah. I think her southern twang is rubbing off on you.

    Ever since I saw the movie Sideways, I have wanted to do a California wine tour. Midweek adventures are the best as you don’t have to fight the weekend crowds.

  12. JacknJillTravel March 31, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    We live so close by we never spend the night when we’re doing a wine tour in Napa/Sonoma… but someday I’ll have to drag Jack up there for a romantic getaway :)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Us too! We usually do a day thingy, drive up and come home which probably isn’t the smartest idea after a long day of tasting but oh well. lol. An overnight stay is definitely nice and relaxing. Drag Jack for sure!

  13. Ana Silva O'Reilly March 31, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Mrs o shall be there in September :) v handy!

  14. Jessica April 1, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    Oooh, this is making me so homesick for California! What a beautiful spot for a weekend trip.

  15. Jenna Francisco April 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I love Sonoma but have not spent enough time there. The Cottage Inn and Spa definitely looks amazing.

  16. Ajay Jain April 15, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    i wish to fly there…….

  17. Anita Mac April 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Looks absolutely like what I need right now!

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