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A little something about Sonoma County

Sonoma County - a prime location for tourists and residences alike - is the birthplace of the California wine industry, growing grapes since the 1800s. Located just 35 miles north of the San Francisco Bay area, Sonoma remains the ideal getaway for those looking to visit the real wine country. But remember, here in Sonoma, it's not just about wine. Also known for its quaint towns, explore any in Sonoma and you'll feel like everyone knows everyone with people exchanging pleasantries as they stroll along the charming streets.

Sonoma Proper offers a historic plaza with over one hundred shops, tasting rooms and restaurants to discover. Miles of beaches along the coast provide the perfect setting to catch some rays, surf the Pacific or check out the area's vast seal colonies. Numerous redwood forest parks offer great places to hike, bike and explore for the outdoors adventure. Then, after a long day, relax in one of the many luxurious spas the county has to offer.

Sonoma is full of places looking to be discovered and shared, so get started by finding your something about Sonoma right here.

A look into the forecast

Sonoma County offers a ‘Mediterranean’ climate where temperature rarely drops below freezing in the winter. The average annual temperature in Sonoma ranges from 36 to 83 degrees. The hills and vineyards become an emerald green after the rainy winter months and before the dry summer season. A coastal fog and warm breeze bring cool evenings during the warm summer months.

On average, the warmest month, and most popular to visit, is July, while the coolest remains December.

The National Weather Service provides weather details for the San Francisco Bay area: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/

Who lives here anyways?

In 2010 there were 493,285 Sonoma County residents, with Santa Rosa, the county seat, having the largest population of 163,436 people. The nearby San Francisco County is 47 square miles and has a population of over 845,000, compared to Sonoma County’s 1,576 square miles.

So where is Sonoma again?

Located just 35 miles north of the San Francisco Bay area, Sonoma County has a total land area of 1,576 square miles and boasts 76 miles of Pacific coastline on the west. Over 100 miles of the Russian River wind through Sonoma County bringing the valley's vineyards a great natural resource. The mountain ranges include the Sonoma Mountains nestling Sonoma apart from Napa and the Mayacamas. Sonoma County is a great balance of redwood forests, viticulture and orchards mixed with small business and residential communities. There are 13 wine growing appellations spread across the County creating a variety of wine grapes.

Getting here from across the globe

San Francisco International Airport
One hour and 15 minutes south of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco Airport (SFO) is a choice arrival point for visitors so that they can stop and enjoy San Francisco before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to the Sonoma area. Click here to book a flight.

Oakland International Airport
One hour from Sonoma Valley, Oakland Airport (OAK) is a less crowded airport favored by seasoned travelers. Get more information directly on the Oakland Airport website.

Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International airport (SMF) is about 90 minutes east of Sonoma. With free WiFi, the airport is also a favorite for locals. Visit the website for more information

Sonoma County Airport
Located in Santa Rosa and a five to 45 minute drive to anywhere in the county, it’s a one-plane airport with limited service on Horizon/Alaska only. Visit the website for additional information.

Sonoma Public Resources

Sonoma Library

The Sonoma Library network has 13 branches throughout the county offering library services to residents and tourists. Often holding events, book sales and more, most library branches are open Tuesday through Saturday. Library administrative offices are open Monday through Friday. Visit the website for more information and locations. http://sonomalibrary.org/branches/

Sonoma County Transit

Sonoma County Transit offers bus routes throughout all of Sonoma County Monday through Friday and some bus routes are offered on weekends. Sonoma County transit offers a wide variety of passes, including monthly passes, super passes, 20 ride fast passes and much more. Sonoma County Transit is a quick and affordable way to travel throughout the beautiful cities in Sonoma County! Visit their website for more details. http://www.sctransit.com/

Sonoma Valley Hospital

The Sonoma Valley Hospital is located at 347 Andrieux Street, Sonoma CA 95476. The Sonoma Valley Hospital provides 24-hour, seven days a week critical care emergency room, acute inpatient care, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and excellent surgical services.
For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1. For more information, visit http://www.svh.com.

Sonoma County Hospitals

St Joseph Health Hospitals:
Petaluma Valley Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

Petaluma Valley Hospital is located in Southern Sonoma County in the town of Petaluma. Petaluma Valley Hospital has been ranked in the top 10% of hospitals in Northern California for the best practice. Petaluma Valley Hospital offers a 24 hour emergency department and many other medical services and departments.? For more information visit http://www.stjosephhealth.org/

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is located off the Highway 101 corridor in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 278 bed acute care hospital providing a wide range of specialty services. The hospital is home to the region?s Level II Trauma Center that serves residents in the Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, and Lake County area. For more information visit http://www.stjosephhealth.org/

Healdsburg District Hospital

Healdsburg District Hospital serves as the first line inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care facility for 60,000 residents of Healdsburg, Windsor, Cloverdale, and many other surrounding areas. Healdsburg District Hospital offers a 100 year tradition of quality care, innovative and responsible use of resources, and personalized compassionate care. HDH offers a wide variety of medical services and is located on University Avenue in Healdsburg, CA. For more information visit http://healdsburgdistricthospital.org/


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