Uncover Sonoma Valley's Rich History

Take a trip back in time by visiting the town of Sonoma.

This history-rich city is home of the northernmost and last Spanish-Mexican mission built along California’s historic El Camino Real, and is the location of the Bear Flag Revolt, which transferred ownership of California from Mexico to the United States. Sonoma Plaza , the location of the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846, is eight acres in size – the largest plaza in California. It features playgrounds, picnic tables, a duck pond, and shade trees—the perfect place to enjoy a wine country picnic. Just beyond the plaza you can tour classic wineries such as: Buena Vista winery, California's oldest commercial winery; Gundlach Bundschu winery, California's oldest family-run winery; and Sebastiani Winery, which offers an amazing history tour. Travelers who choose to stay in Sonoma can relax in luxury at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s natural mineral hot springs. Critically-acclaimed accommodations, dining, and golfing make this destination a true resort vaction.