Autumn in Northern California brings about one of the most spectacular shows of the year. Radiant shades of red, gold, and orange transform the vineyards, redwoods, and forests. There are so many ways to enjoy the season in Wine Country California, so we’ve created a list of our favorite places to admire Sonoma County’s fall colors. If you are looking for more ways to celebrate the season, simply download our free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide! It is full of over 100 recommendations on parks, outdoor recreation, wineries, restaurants, and more.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Sonoma County’s Fall Colors
1. Explore the Redwood Forests
If you have yet to explore Northern California’s redwood forests in late fall, then you are missing out! Although redwoods are evergreen, many forests are sprinkled with big leaf maples and vine maples. These maple trees give way to colorful leaves and brilliant photo opportunities!
One of our favorite parks to wander beneath the redwoods is the North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Another great way to explore the redwoods is with a zip lining tour with Sonoma Canopy Tours! For a complete list of parks in Sonoma, take a look at our free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide.
2. Tour the Vineyards
Grape harvest season isn’t the only thing to look forward to at Sonoma’s vineyards in the autumn! Toward the end of October and early November, green grapevines begin to transform with shades of bright yellows and dusty reds. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year for vineyard and winery tours!
Some of our favorite places to admire Sonoma’s autumnal grapevines include Iron Horse Vineyards and The Kunde Family Winery, but there are so many more. Sonoma County alone is home to over 450 wineries. For more recommendations on the most scenic vineyards in the county, take advantage of our concierge services during your stay at Olea Hotel.
3. Enjoy Some Wine Country Golf
The golf courses in Sonoma rank among the most beautiful courses in the nation. Whether you choose a course nestled in Sonoma’s scenic farmland, a brilliant course situated along the Russian River, or one which overlooks the county’s endless vineyards, Wine Country golf is full of amazing variety. Although these golf courses are perfect to enjoy throughout the four seasons, autumn offers visitors the opportunity to discover Wine Country from a unique perspective.
Where to Stay
Olea Hotel is only minutes away from the best golf courses, parks, and vineyards in Sonoma! After a day of exploring the region’s fantastic fall foliage, head back to our boutique hotel to enjoy the best of what Wine Country offers.
Unwind with a complimentary glass of wine, and indulge in our luxurious spa services. A deep-tissue or relaxation massage will be just what you need after a long day of hiking, golfing, or kayaking on the Russian River! If you are ready to plan your next fall getaway, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at Olea Hotel!
If you are looking for more ways to celebrate Sonoma County’s fall colors, read our blog on fall events!