Living in Sonoma Valley & Resources Guide


The Sonoma Valley and its Towns

Bordering the San Francisco Bay, the Sonoma Valley’s southermost town is the city of Sonoma. Its historic central Plaza still boasts adobe structures dating to its founding in the early 1800s — including the northernmost in California’s chain of Missions San Francisco de Solano — and Sonoma’s days as a fort and, then, the site of the Bear FlagSonoma City Hall Revolution. History is joined by modern shops, galleries and restaurants that line the streets of Sonoma’s leafy square today. During the long growing season (May through October), the Plaza draws throngs of residents to the Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market. With a population of approximately 11,000, Sonoma is small enough to know your neighbors but sophisticated enough to offer such urban amenities as artisan markets and bakeries, first class dining, an exemplary hardware & home improvement emporium, nurseries and retail establishments offering the latest fashion and footwear.

To the north along highway 12 are the “Springs” towns of Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs, El Verano and Agua Caliente followed by the turn off to quaint Glen Ellen to the west and on to tiny Kenwood further north. Click on the buttons below for more detailed information on each of the Valley’s unique towns and the schools, parks, cultural and other resources available to their residents.

Sonoma County


The “Springs” Towns

Glen Ellen

Sonoma Valley Historical Museums, Organizations & Sites

Sonoma League for Historic Preservation

Sonoma County Historical Society

General Vallejo’s House Tour

The Depot Park Museum

Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Plaza & SSHP

Sonoma State Historic Park

Jack London State Historic Site


Sonoma Valley Outdoor Parks, Spas and Gardens

State Parks

Sugarloaf Ridge

Cornerstone Gardens

Walking/Bike Path City of Sonoma

Walking & Hiking Trail maps

City Parks: Sonoma & Glen Ellen

Maxwell Farms Regional Park

Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Morton Warm Springs

Boyes Hot Springs

Dog Friendly


Sonoma Valley Arts and Cultural Sites

Sonoma Arts Organizations

Sonoma Valley Art Museum

Winery Galleries

Museums and Public Art


Sonoma Valley Information – Schools, Events and more

Overview – County

Best in Sonoma Events

Sonoma Valley Patch

Sonoma Valley Patch Events

Search Sonoma Valley Schools

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Great Schools – Sonoma

Glen Ellen Schools

Sonoma County Events

Planning, Building & Environmental Services

Sonoma Cty: Permit and Resource Mgmt.

Sonoma Valley Library

Voter Registration

Pet Adoption: Sonoma County Shelter

Pets Lifeline


Sonoma Valley Visitor Information

City of Sonoma

Things to Do

Sonoma Valley Tourism Guide

Best in Sonoma

Dining to Wineries

Sonoma Farmers’ Markets and Foodie Resources

The Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market takes place year round on Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 PM. It is located in the Arnold Field parking lot: 241 West First Street, Sonoma, CA

Valley of the Moon Farmer’s Market – Sonoma Plaza, 5:30 p.m. to dusk, first Tuesday in May to last Tuesday in October.

Sonoma County Farm Trails

Slow Food Sonoma

Artisan Cheesemaking

Artisan Cheese Festival




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