Sebastiani Theater at night

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Experience Sonoma and the beautiful Valley of the Moon

Sonoma's unique history, bucolic scenery, and world-class wines are among the many reasons it is a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.  In fact, Sonoma was recently named the "Best Small Town to Visit in the USA".   Welcome!  

The Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau can assist with planning your trip, and their friendly staff will welcome you at the Plaza Visitors Center on 1st St. East.  Listings of local businesses are available on their website, as well as on the website of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, which also provides resources for those looking to relocate their home or business to Sonoma.

In addition to being a visitor destination, Sonoma is a small-town, family-oriented community.  Please remember to drive safely, drink responsibly, and choose overnight lodging that has been licensed by the City or County. Thanks and enjoy your visit!

Visitor FAQs

Dogs are not allowed in the Sonoma Plaza park, with the exception of service animals.  There is a small dog park located near the Community Meeting Room (175 First St. West)

The Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau can provide information on other dog-friendly facilities and businesses in the area.

From 11:30 a.m. until sunset, consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in the Sonoma Plaza park.

Downtown parking is available at two public parking lots, at no charge.  The largest is the Casa Grande lot, located behind the historic Barracks just north of the Plaza, with an entrance off First St. East.  There is a smaller public parking lot behind Sebastiani Theatre, with an entrance off East Napa St.  This lot includes designated parking for electric vehicles with charging stations.  Follow the signs around the Plaza.

On-street parking in Sonoma is also free, but some areas have time limits or residential permit requirements, so look for signage.  Street parking in the Plaza area is limited to 3 hours. To take your time and avoid a ticket, park in the public lots whenever possible.

In 2016, Sonoma voters approved Measure W, which expanded the City’s existing regulations on smoking and tobacco product use.

No smoking is allowed in the following areas:

  • Public places such as parks, paths, streets and sidewalks;
  • Public events such as festivals, fairs, farmers markets and concerts;
  • Dining areas such as restaurants and bars;
  • Service areas such as ATM or ticket lines, bus stops, etc.
  • Multi-unit residences including indoor common areas such as apartments, hotels, and motels.

Smoking is permitted a minimum of 25 feet from areas where smoking is prohibited and in private residences without shared walls. A “designated smoking area” may be created if it meets criteria established in the ordinance.  Details can be found on our smoking ordinance page.

 

For Enforcement, contact the City of Sonoma Code Enforcement office,  codeenforcement@sonomacity.org,  phone: 707-565-4240

 

The Valley of the Moon Certified Organic Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to dusk, May thru September in the historic Sonoma Plaza.  Additional local markets include the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market (Fridays year-round, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Arnold Field parking lot at 241 First St. W.),  the Springs Community Farmers Market (seasonal, Sunday afternoons at Larson Park), and the Saturday Harvest Market at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Bike paths and lanes are shown on the City’s Bicycle Map.

The existing bicycle network in Sonoma consists of Class I pathways and Class II bike lanes, and Class III bike routes. The City’s longest Class I pathway is the Sonoma City Trail, which generally runs east-west and extends for approximately 1.5 miles across northern Sonoma. The Nathanson Creek Trail extends north-south along Nathanson Creek in the City’s southeast quadrant connecting local neighborhoods and Sonoma Valley High School and Adele Harrison Middle School.

The Madera Park Trail extends north-south along Fryer Creek from Leveroni Road at the southwestern city limit and connects to 3rd Street West. It includes several short spur connections including the KT Carter Trail and the Hertenstein Park Trail. The Sonoma Creek Trail, located on the western edge of the City south of Napa Road is located on the eastern bank of Sonoma Creek, and provides connections to Oregon Street, Studley Street, and West Napa Street and includes a bridge over Napa Creek to Riverside Drive. Class II bike lanes are provided on Studley Street, Oregon Street and Dewell Drive along with a few other short segments. Class III bike routes are provided on Second Street East, Third Street West, Oregon Street, and Curtin Lane.

Learn more about bicycling in Sonoma.

If you’re biking to the Plaza, you can find bike parking at several locations as outlined on our Plaza Bike Parking Map, including the “hitching post” across from the Barracks and Toscano Hotel and at the bike parking sculpture along the horseshoe driveway in front of City Hall, among other spots.  Please note that bike riding in the Plaza park is not allowed, so park your bike when you arrive.

Sonoma Valley Hospital is located at 347 Andrieux St. in Sonoma.  It includes an emergency room and an intensive care unit.

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