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Centered in the heart of town, the historic Sonoma Plaza is a must-do. Once a Mexican military station and a Spanish mission village, the 8-acre park is now lined with more than 100 shops, dozens of eateries, and more than 20 tasting rooms. What's more, it's a National Historic Monument. Recent visitors highly recommended spending some time here window shopping, wine tasting, dining and even letting the kids run around the on-site playground. Reviewers said the plaza's atmosphere is both charming and family-friendly, and they suggested visiting on a Tuesday morning to take advantage of the weekly farmers market.

Sonoma Plaza is located in central Sonoma. Restaurants and shops have varying opening and closing times. Street parking is available, but with three-hour limits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For extended parking options, consider leaving your vehicle in one of the free all-day lots located nearby, such as the one at First Street East, located across from the mission. For more information, visit Sonoma Plaza's website.

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#1 Sonoma Plaza Centered in the heart of town, the historic Sonoma Plaza is a must-do. Once a Mexican military station and a Spanish mission village, the 8-acre park is now lined with ... Read more » Sonoma County Tourism

#2 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Back in the 1920s, Valeriano Jacuzzi – of the Jacuzzi bath and spa family – bought a 161-acre plot of land in Northern California, which would one day become the Jacuzzi Family ... Read more » Courtesy Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

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#4 Jack London State Historic Park Located on 1,400 acres, Jack London State Historic Park – named for the author of works like "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" – features 20 miles of trails ... Read more » Tom Deininger

#5 Sonoma Coast State Park Sonoma Coast State Park is a swath of land that extends for nearly 20 miles along the Pacific Ocean from Bodega Head to Vista Trail. A number of sandy beaches ... Read more » Courtesy Sonoma County Tourism

#6 Benziger Family Winery As its name suggests, this winery has been family-owned and operated since 1980. Aside from its familial leadership, Benziger is perhaps best known for its biodynamic farming and winemaking. In ... Read more » Courtesy Benziger Family Winery

#7 Nicholson Ranch Though Nicholson Ranch is smaller than other Sonoma-area wineries (comprising 40 acres), it's a hit with visitors thanks to its intimate setting. Wines produced here – the majority of which ... Read more » Courtesy Nicholson Ranch

#8 Cline Cellars Cline Cellars makes a nice flight of wines, and they do so with sustainability in mind. They even created a new method of farming – the Green String farming method – to ... Read more » Megan Cline / Cline Cellars

#9 Safari West Picture the Serengeti in the heart of wine country and you'll start to imagine what Safari West looks like. This African-inspired safari and nature preserve contains 900 exotic animals ... Read more » Courtesy of Safari West

#10 Ravenswood Winery Known for its award-winning zinfandels, the 40-year-old Ravenswood Winery lives by the credo of its founding winemaker, Joel Peterson: "no wimpy wines." Ravenswood is also known for its single vineyard ... Read more » Courtesy Ravenswood Winery

#11 Simraceway Performance Driving School The Simraceway Performance Driving School affords thrill-seekers the chance to conjure their inner race car driver by putting them behind the wheel of a cutting-edge Audi or a Formula 3 ... Read more » Courtesy Simraceway Performance Driving School

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For retail, dining and people-watching in a historic setting, head to Sonoma Plaza. Sonoma County Tourism

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Visitors can tour the home of famed writer Jack London, who called this place "Beauty Ranch." Tom Deininger

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Cline Cellars, which opened in 1982, is a family-owned and sustainably farmed vineyard and winery. Megan Cline / Cline Cellars

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