Wine Tasting – A stay at the Wine Garden Inn wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the more than 200 wineries in and around Sonoma County and Mendocino County. We truly are located at wine country’s crossroads in the most picturesque grape-growing region in California. We provide a complimentary wine tasting passport for our guests. sonoma wine country activitiesWe also help to customize your wine tour, upon request.

Bicycling — the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country scenery, lovely weather and quiet, level roads make bicycling one of the most popular activities in the area. Biking routes can be found at or You can always contact Cloverdale Cyclery, located just a block away, for bike rentals.

Beer Tasting — It takes a lot of great beer to make great wine. There are several world-renowned craft breweries in the wine country. Check out the Sonoma County Beer Map. Toward the coast is the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, the Mendocino Brewing Company and the North Coast Brewing Company in Ft. Bragg.

Cloverdale — a charming wine country village just coming into its own. Take a walking tour in the newly remodeled downtown to do a little shopping or view the many finely restored vintage homes. Visit the Cloverdale Museum to catch up on the town history. Or drop into the North Coast Wine and Visitor Center at 105 North Cloverdale Blvd. to find out more about sonoma wine country

Gambling — try your luck at the River Rock Casino in 10 minutes away, in Geyserville, or the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino, 25 minutes away in Hopland.

Golfing — a Cloverdale Golf Course is in the works. In the meantime, you can play at Tayman Park Golf Course in Healdsburg (433-4275) or Windsor Golf Club course in Windsor (838-7888).

Horseback Riding — horses for hire are available at Sonoma Cattle Company Trail Rides (996-8566). There are also horseback riding trails at Lake Sonoma and at many Sonoma County Parks.

Hot Air Ballooning — the skies above Sonoma County are often speckled with hot-air balloons of every size, color, and design. The wide, flat valley with its moderate and (somewhat) predictable winds makes hot-air ballooning a favorite activity in the area. For a personalized ballooning experience, contact Up & Away Ballooning (836-0171 or 800-711-2998).

Redwoods Armstrong Redwoods, located in the Russian River country 30 miles southwest of Cloverdale, is an 805-acre park featuring a magnificent grove of ancient redwoods, a large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities.

Russian River — for many visitors, the Russian River is the heart of Sonoma County recreation, winding its way through some of the a