Grape harvest season in Sonoma reaches its peak in late September, which is also when the valley’s myriad restaurants utilize fresh local ingredients that pair seamlessly with a glass of an award-winning vintage. With hundreds of wineries and acclaimed restaurants to visit – not to mention beautiful natural sites and active things to do — the choices can be a bit overwhelming. That’s where the Inspirato team in Sonoma can help. As local experts and culinary aficionados themselves, the team regularly plans custom itineraries based on members’ unique tastes. Take a look at a sample itinerary and get inspired to dream up your own – then let Inspirato make it a reality.
It’s called Wine Country for a reason, so dive right into it on a custom wine tour. Before you arrive, discuss your favorite wines and sipping preferences with your Destination Concierge, who can then plan the perfect excursion based on your tastes. They can also help book a private driver and vehicle so you can safely hop from one tasting room to the next. Then, dine at local favorite Glen Ellen Star, a petite 32-seat eatery that crafts tasty pizzas and seasonal cuisine in a wood-fired oven.
Start the day with some fresh air at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The stunning 805-acre grove features gargantuan redwood trees that tower as high as 310 feet (its oldest specimen is estimated to be 1,400 years old). On your way back home, make a pit stop at Jack London State Historic Park – the former site of its eponymous writer’s homestead – for some more immersion in nature. Spend the evening relaxing in your residence with a private chef dinner made right in your own kitchen.
Take it easy today. Pop into the cozy Sunflower Caffe for breakfast, then head back home for a gourmet cooking class led by renowned chefs Erica and Laura Lee, a favorite activity of Inspirato Members. This afternoon, indulge in a treatment at award-winning Willow Stream Spa at Inspirato’s resort partner, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. However you choose to spend the day, finish it off with dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Santé Restaurant, one of the valley’s best spots to sample artfully prepared local ingredients.
The Pacific coast is just an hour away; one of the most accessible and popular coastal destinations is Bodega Bay, a beautiful spot for ocean views and seaside strolls. Stop for fresh seafood at Nick’s Cove, located nearby. Alternatively, hit the links at beloved Sonoma Golf Club, a private 18-hole course that dates back to 1928. Feast on farm-to-table fare at Harvest Moon Café for dinner; the menu changes daily to reflect the freshest local ingredients available.
Whether you’re in Sonoma for four days or a whole week, Inspirato’s team can plan the perfect itinerary for anyone – foodies, families, and everyone in between. View our luxury vacation options in Sonoma County and find out what members are saying about this perennially popular destination.