There is a lot to love about Sonoma County. From wine tasting to hot air ballooning to extraordinary culinary adventures, Wine Country California has something for everyone. Read on to discover the best things to do in Sonoma and Glen Ellen. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to spend your time, download our free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide! It is full of recommendations on live music, entertainment, shopping, and more.

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Things to Do in Sonoma and Glen Ellen

Where to Eat

Whether you are craving something sweet, something savory, or anything in between, the restaurants in Sonoma Valley have something for everyone. Here are our favorite places to dine in Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and Sonoma.

    • Glen Ellen Star: 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Glen Ellen Star is reminiscent of a quaint farmhouse; it invokes the rural and rustic feeling of California Wine Country. The mouthwatering aromas and captivating visuals of the live-fire cooking at Glen Ellen Star create a fantastic dining experience. Reservations are preferred.
      Tel: 707.343.1384


    • The Fig Cafe: 13690 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      The Fig Cafe is a local favorite that highlights fresh ingredients and seasonal menus. Also, there is no corkage fee! Reservations are not taken. We recommend arriving early on busy nights.
      Tel: 707.938.2130


    • Yeti Restaurant: 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Yeti showcases a creative menu filled with Nepalese and Indian inspired dishes. The kitchen draws the best from Sonoma County by bringing you fresh seasonal produce, meats, and seafood. Reservations are preferred.
      Tel: 707.996.9930


    • Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant: 13670 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Enjoy casual, all-day dining and a full bar at Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant. The menu showcases California cuisine with a French accent. Garden and patio dining is available. Reservations are preferred.
      Tel: 707.996.6409


    • Glen Ellen Market: 13751 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Glen Ellen Market is ideal for planning a Wine Country picnic. Their menu is full of fantastic deli foods like sandwiches, wraps, and pretzels.
      Tel: 707.996.6728


    • El Molino Central: 11 Central Ave (along Hwy 12), Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416
      El Molino creates housemade Mexican classics with a twist. Tacos, tostadas, and tamales are all on the menu.
      Tel: (707) 939-1010


    • Oso: 9 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476
      Oso delivers modern California cuisine in a relaxed and casual setting. You can also look forward to an exceptional wine list, small plates, and a fantastic raw bar. Reservations are recommended.
      Tel: (707) 931-6926


    • La Michoacana Ice Cream: 18495 Hwy 12, Sonoma, CA 95476
      La Michoacana Ice Cream is perfect for a warm and sunny California day. Enjoy handcrafted frozen treats with fresh cream, fruits, and a wide variety of quality ingredients like walnuts, pistachios, and dark chocolate.
      Tel: (707) 938-1773


    • El Dorado Kitchen: 405 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
      El Dorado kitchen offers locally sourced California and Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Reservations are recommended.
      Tel: (707) 996-3030


    • Girl and the Fig: 110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
      The Girl & the Fig is a long time favorite of visitors and locals alike. Their menu consists of an award-winning wine list, cheese and charcuterie platters, French aperitifs, and a special seasonal menu. Bon appetit!
      Tel: (707) 933-3000


    • Delhi Belly: 522 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
      The menu at Delhi Belly showcases colorful and authentic Indian dishes. It is the perfect place to leave feeling full and satisfied without breaking your vacation budget.
      Tel: (707) 343-1003


    • Red Grape: 529 First Street West, Sonoma, CA
      Enjoy brick-oven pies, salads, and pasta dishes in a charming and relaxed setting.
      Tel: (707) 996-4103


    • Harvest Moon: 487 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
      Harvest Moon showcases farm-to-table cuisine with an ever-changing menu. Their dishes highlight the best of Sonoma Valley and utilize only the freshest local produce, meat, poultry, and fish.
      Tel: (707) 933-8160


    • Palooza Brewery & Gastropub: 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452
      Enjoy Sonoma Valley craft beer, and indulge in hearty eats like hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and fall-off-the-bone ribs.
      Tel: (707) 833-4000

Wine Tasting Experiences

With nearly 500 wineries to choose from, knowing which places to visit in Sonoma Valley is sometimes hard, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are 10 of our favorite wineries in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood. For more recommendations on the area’s top wineries, remember to download your free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide.

    • Benziger Family Winery: 1883 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Benziger features gorgeous grounds. It is a great start for the neophyte. Our favorite winery tour at Benziger features an open-air tram which guides you through the vineyards and the property!
      Tel: 707.935.3000


    • VJB Vineyards and Cellars: 60 Shaw Ave, Kenwood, CA 95452
      VJB features outstanding varietals in an Italian-inspired atmosphere. It is a great lunch stop with a deli, wood-fired pizzas, paninis, and gelato.
      Tel: 707.833.2300


    • Talisman Wines: 13651 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Talisman’s goal is fantastic and straightforward: it is creating delicious Pinot Noirs that are true to their roots and reflect their places of origin.
      Tel: 707.721.1628


    • Muscardini Cellars: 9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95476
      Mucaradini Cellars is an intimate family winery with a wonderful selection of small-batch reds.
      Tel: 707.933.9305


    • B Wise Vineyards: 396 London Way, Sonoma, CA 95476
      The vineyard estate cave is a beautiful and intimate setting for private tastings.
      Tel: 707.935.1791


    • Macleod Family Vineyard: 740 Lawndale Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452
      Enjoy a casual in a lovely vineyard setting at Macleod Family Vineyard. This private, family-owned vineyard offers a vast selection of reds and whites. Visitors must make advanced reservations.
      Tel: 707.833.4312


    • Kunde: 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452
      Embark on a casual hike through Kunde’s vast estate on their Hike & Taste Tour. The trek concludes in the tasting room with wine samples! It is one of the many unique tours offered at this winery.
      Tel: 707.833.5501


    • Loxton Cellars: 11466 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 94552
      Surrounded by five acres of gorgeous estate vineyard, Loxton Cellars is full of beautiful scenery. Tours are available every weekend, but during grape wine season, from September to October, they are available daily.
      Tel: 707.935.7221


    • Imagery Estate Winery: 14335 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95444
      Most wineries take a traditional approach to winemaking, but Imagery Estate is full of creative and expressive wines. Wine and food events are always on the schedule!
      Tel: 877.550.4278


    • Arrowood Vineyards & Winery: 14347 CA-12, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
      Located in the historic Sonoma Valley, Arrowood Vineyards & Winery is a must for lovers of cabernet sauvignon! It is the signature wine that they are most famous for, but their menu offers several other varietals as well.
      Tel: 800.938.5170


From historic vineyard tours to hot air balloons that traverse the sunny skies of Sonoma, there are so many ways to get to know Wine Country. Some of our favorite tours in the area include:


    • West Wine Tours:
      West Wine Tours offers hip Wine Country hop tours in a vintage VW bus.
      Tel: 415.320.3258


    • Active Wine Adventures:
      Active Wine Adventures features a variety of unique tours in Sonoma Valley, including their Hike & Beer Tour, Wine & Art Tour, and Wine & Hike Tour.
      Tel: 707.927.1058


    • Terrific Tours:
      Terrific Tours is a fantastic winery tour guide that provides both private and group tours. Some tour options include all tasting fees!
      Tel: 707.658.2748


    • Platypus Wine Tours:
      Platypus Wine Tours is a wonderful winery tour operator that focuses on both the Napa and Sonoma Valley wine regions.
      Tel: 707.253.2723


    • Beau Wine Tours & Limousine Service:
      The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Beau Wine Tours can help you plan the perfect Sonoma, Dry Creek, or Alexander Valley wine tasting excursion. Dinner service and airport transfers are also available.
      Tel: 800.387.2328


    • Sonoma Ballooning Adventures:
      Enjoy a unique ballooning experience over Sonoma County with great customer service at Sonoma Ballooning Adventures.
      Tel: 707.819.9223


    • Rebecca Gosselin Photography:
      For those who would like to bring home special photos from their time in Sonoma Valley, we recommend Rebecca Gosselin Photography. She is a phenomenal local photographer that Olea Hotel uses exclusively.
      Tel: 707.537.5973

The Best Place to Stay

With all the conveniences of a bed and breakfast and the luxuries of a boutique inn, there is no better place to relax and unwind than Olea Hotel. Take advantage of the many restful spots located on our property, like our pool and hot tub area. Daily gourmet breakfast, complimentary wine in the lobby, and spa services are among the many amenities to enjoy during your stay.

When you are ready to plan your next getaway to Sonoma Valley, check our vacation packages and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at Olea Hotel!