Californians take Sonoma Valley’s wine country for granted for romantic sojourns and girlfriend getaways. But it’s also one of my favorite destinations with my 2-year-old son. It’s one of those places where it’s possible to find activities that keep parents and kids happy at the same time, making it a surprisingly rich destination for a family weekend away.
I love the valley’s many small B&Bs but when I visit with my son, I prefer the Lodge at Sonoma because it’s location can’t be beat. With an amusement park (Sonoma TrainTown), playground and a surprisingly good pizzeria (Capri Ristorante) all within a few blocks, you can entertain and feed active youngsters without having to wrangle with car seats or even strollers.
Start any trip with a visit to Sonoma’s tourist board to see what festivals or other special events might be going on. The Sonoma County Fair takes place in the first half of August. Petaluma hosts music, art and food festivals through next month. There are ai