Sonoma is a historic city in northern California at the heart of the renowned Sonoma Valley winemaking region. It's known for the galleries, fine restaurants and wine-tasting parlors which surround its historic plaza, a remnant of the town's Mexican colonial past. Also on the plaza are significant 19th-century adobe buildings including Mission San Francisco Solano (1823) and the Sonoma Barracks used by the Mexican military in the early 1800s. Seasonally, the plaza hosts a popular weekly farmer's market. Sonoma is also known as the home of the Sonoma International Film Festival and the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival.
Sonoma is located in southern Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco. From there it is 15 miles east to Napa and an hour west to the Pacific. Its climate is nearly ideal with mostly warm sunny days and cool nights. There is little or no rain from early spring to late fall.
Sonoma's population was 10,739 as of the 2020 census, while the greater Sonoma urban area had a population of 32,678 and Sonoma County about half a million.
Sonoma County, which reaches to the ocean, is home to 11 state parks, more than 50 regional parks, and acres of pasturelands; it offers a multitude of delights to nature lovers. Explore vineyards on self-guided walking tours, hike along beaches and rocky bluffs on coastal trails, or stroll under towering trees at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.