Nancy is the MacArthur Place concierge who takes wonderful care of our guests. She is a wealth of knowledge and provides amazing recommendations on the best way to experience all that Sonoma and the surrounding area has to offer. We asked Nancy what makes Sonoma County and MacArthur place unique, and she gave us the rundown. Enjoy!
Sonoma is a HUGE county, and oftentimes, I remind guests that Sonoma is just one town (and a quaint one at that – with a population of about 10,000) in all of Sonoma County. Sonoma is known for its Historic Sonoma Plaza which is an eight acre park where City Hall is located. Known as a “pedestrian paradise”, the Plaza is the kind of place where there is always something going on and always a reason to visit. It is iconic for several reasons, one being the statue on the northwest corner of the Plaza that depicts the raising of the Bear Flag when California became a state. On all four sides of the Plaza are fabulous restaurants, shops, and over thirty tasting rooms where you can experience local wines.
One of the best parts about MacArthur Place is our location. Guests can walk up to the Plaza, as it is just a four-block walk. They can enjoy the Plaza and more importantly, they can walk to dinner and enjoy cocktails & wine, and then walk or take a cab back. It is a great experience that I recommend guests partake in!
Day Trips To Healdsburg & Armstrong Redwoods State Park
Another Sonoma County town that is a popular travel destination is Healdsburg, which is one hour north of us. It is much larger, but also has the town square concept dating back to the 19th century. It is one of my favorite places to recommend for a day trip when I have guests visiting for more than two or three nights. Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a sandy shore along the Russian River and a great spot for a picnic lunch. As expected, there are several wineries to choose from for an afternoon tasting as Healdsburg sits on three prime winegrowing regions — the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley.
In this region there is also an abundance of dairy land, apple and other fruit orchards, and people producing artisan cheeses. I can recommend several great places to experience local produce, handcrafted cheeses and of course, all the fabulous wine to go with it.
I also like to highlight Armstrong Redwood State Park where guests can see the “big trees”. The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet! These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. Some trees survive to over 2,000 years and tower above 350 feet.
A Day Trip Itinerary Exploring Sonoma County
After breakfast, start at MacArthur Place and travel to Martinelli Winery, about a 45 minute drive up River Road. Stop at this historic winery for a tasting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, or Syrah. “From vine to bottle, we are a working winery, offering vineyard views and celebrates our family’s rich, 135-year history and farming heritage here in Sonoma County.”
From the winery, the Redwoods are about 20 minutes away. Enjoy the park with a 1-3 mile hike and experience the fresh air and truly amazing sites.
Following your hike, or stroll, continue your drive to out to the Pacific Coast for a late seafood lunch in Bodega. Our coastline is amazingly beautiful at any time of the year.
Retreat back to MacArthur Place for our evening wine tasting featuring Sonoma area wines, a delectable dinner at Saddles and back to the comfort of your room to rest and reminisce about your day.