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. We 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 gorp.away.com or www.winecountrybikes.com. 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 Cloverdale.
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 area’s most spectacular scenery. The river provides a venue for swimming, canoeing (Trowbridge Canoe & Kayak rental or Burke’s Canoe Trips), rafting (both float and whitewater varieties), fishing, boating (sail and motor), and all styles of relaxing.
Skydiving — yes, we even have Skydiving for those brave souls that are bored with all of the above. Contact NorCal Skydiving‘s Cloverdale branch at 707-894-9241 for more information.
Solar Living Institute (SLI) – established in 1998 in Hopland, CA, the Institute provides one- to nine-day workshops on renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, ecological design and alternative construction methods. The SLI (www.solarliving.org) manages the Solar Living Center (707-744-2017), a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site that is visited by nearly 200,000 people annually.
Spas — The Main Street Spa is located just a block from the Inn and offers a full range of pampering. Call (707) 894-5546 in advance to schedule massages, manicures, facials and other beauty treatments.
Other Resource Links — here’s a handy list of resources to help you plan your trip to the wine country – Sonoma Travel Planner.
Once a sleepy little town, hip and trendy Healdsburg has become a major destination in Sonoma wine country. healdsburg caLocated just 15 minutes from Wine Garden Inn, Healdsburg makes the perfect spot to stop and shop ’til you drop.
Shops & Tourist Spots
Healdsburg offers boutique clothing shops, hand-crafted jewelry stores, bed and bath shops, fine furniture stores, antique stores, and unique art galleries. Park and walk “the square.” You’ll discover these great shops, plus bookstores, coffeehouses, and wine tasting around the Healdsburg Plaza. Take a walking tour of the town’s historic homes, get a soothing massage at one of Healdsburg’s spas, or linger in the museums or the wine library.
When you need a pick-me-up from all the shopping and touring, Flying Goat Coffee offers a great cup of joe (plus lattes, mochas, and all the rest). If you need something a bit more substantial, try the Oakville Grocery. Fill your basket with a gourmet pizza or sandwich along with every type of cheese and side dish you can imagine. Eat on the sunny patio or take your goodies and picnic in the square’s park-like setting. In the evening, Healdsburg offers many wonderful restaurants.
Just a 15 minute drive from our wine country inn, this beautiful body of water has it all – hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, fishing, camping and hunting. The Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Fish Hatchery is a wonderful place to learn the history of the area and see a variety of ranger-led and audio-visual programs.
Created by the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983, the lake has a surface area of more than 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline, forming the perfect setting for a wealth of recreational activities. More than 40 miles of trails welcome hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers to Lake Sonoma, a 17,615 acre park 13 miles northwest of Healdsburg.
The trails provide access to hard-to-reach areas of the park. Passing through shady woodlands of oak, alder, bay and madrone, over sweeping grasslands and into redwood groves, the trails open onto impressive panoramas of the lake and surrounding hills. You will see a variety of wildlife including deer, jackrabbits and many birds. For hints on what, where and how to look for wildlife and plant life, stop by the Visitor Center near the park entrance and talk to a ranger.
From early spring to early summer, the park puts on a brilliant display of color as wildflowers burst into bloom. Here are a few that will be on show: Fawn Lily, Spice bush, Iris, Wild Onion, Indian Pink, Lupine and California Poppy.
“This B&B is a quaint place in a nice old fashion neighborhood. Very clean and homey! Located near many wineries and great bike riding location. Their special attention to detail and great food and ambience makes this a great place to getaway and enjoy your life! Thanks, Kathleen and Maddie for sharing your place with us!”
– Jay, Auburn California