Spring (March through May) in Sonoma County; is there a more beautiful sight? The vineyards first bud break are evident now with a new leafy canopy startling to develop, The mustard is still in bloom. Goats and sheep – nature’s lawn mowers – are hard at work grazing, tilling and fertilizing vineyards and pastures. The fresh air and lush grass are building blocks to Sonoma County’s fantastic artisan cheeses. The days begin to warm and activities heat up as well. You’ll find cool to warm days and cool nights. Discover a new wine or wine region at the area’s amazing wine events: Wine Road Barrel Tasting, Savor Sonoma Valley and Passport to Sonoma Valley, Passport to Dry Creek Valley, and April in Carneros
Summer (June through August) means that fruits and veggies are being harvested and farmers markets are in full swing. Charming downtowns are bustling with weekly activities: music, film and theater. The Pacific Coast, Russian River, and Lake Sonoma beaches invite sun-seekers. Hot days and cool nights create a menu of reasons to visit. Wineries busily pour their latest releases. Vineyard hikes and food and wine pairings are new ways to enjoy a winery experience. Go beyond the wineries and splash down into the Russian River for a kayak ride or simply swim and splash at one of many beaches. Hike through Armstrong Redwoods and let your skin drink in the cool dampness of a 1,000-year-old forest. Events heat up as well. Enjoy such premier events as the Rodney Strong KJZY Summer Concert Series. Local communities have music and wine festivals: Accordion Festival, Jazz, art and wine festivals in Cotati and Petaluma; Seafood Art and Wine in Bodega Bay; Cultural Heritage Day at Fort Ross; and the Gravenstein Apple Fair.