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Sonoma County, CA
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Travel Inspired by Samantha Brown

AAA members can travel the same paths of Samantha Brown. These are trips that can be built to your liking.

Sonoma County, located in Northern California, gives us their amazing wine region, prominent California history, Pacific Coastline and more! Just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, this destination offer rustic charm and incredible dining options that make it a haven for foodies.

This Sonoma County getaway inspired by Samantha Brown, travel expert and TV host of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love, offers you an opportunity to see the destination as she did along with some additional travel recommendations from AAA Travel.

Following is a sample itinerary:

Day 1

Road Tripping on the Coastline

  • Follow Samantha’s path on a road trip along the Sonoma coastline, stopping off at various beaches on the way. Be sure to pull off at Schoolhouse Beach, part of Sonoma Coast State Park in Bodega Bay, California. One of the widest beaches along this stretch of the coast, Schoolhouse Beach is a popular place for fishing.
  • A must eat for visitors and locals alike is a tiny café called . This roadside crab shack is known for tasty clam chowder and amazing views. Go hungry –their clam chowder is well renowned!
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Day 2

Discover Mainland Sonoma County

  • Turning to mainland Sonoma County, at , Samantha learns plants are also meat eaters, as she is marveled by the beauty and appetite of pitcher plants and Venus flytraps.
  • Samantha then has a cider tasting in wine country at that makes their ciders from heirloom apples.
  • Treat yourself to , a neighborhood Parisian-style bistro offers gourmet French cuisine in an intimate sophisticated venue.
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Day 3

Getting Wild – Santa Rosa

  • In an unexpected twist on a zoo, Samantha goes on an African Safari at and gets a chance to go face-to-face with a rhinoceros.
  • A personal favorite, Samantha is delighted when she visits the
  • Earning AAA Inspector’s Best of Personal Favorite restaurant, , is known for amazing creative dishes and the works of local artists.
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Day 4

Experience Historic Sonoma

  • Pick the adventure that is right for you at . From self-guided experiences to guided bike tours – the options are plenty to select your style.
  • is centered around Sonoma Plaza. More than a dozen buildings important to early California history can be explored during your visit.
  • , a must-eat favorite for French cuisine, features cheese and charcuterie platters, an outdoor garden with patio seating and an antique bar serving French aperitifs, cocktails and Rhône Valley wines.
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Day 5

Enjoy the fun and flavors of Sonoma

  • Learn, as Samantha did, on how to make cheese firsthand at the , a family operated ranch in Petaluma, CA.
  • Experience all of the flavors of the . Taste some of their flawless vintages and learn about Robledo’s Mexican family heritage and the winery’s roots.
  • is a wine country marketplace featuring a collection of boutique wineries and tasting rooms, artisanal foods, shops, art-inspired gardens and live music and is home to Sunset's Gardens and Outdoor Test Kitchen.
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Learn more about Bodega Bay, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol with AAA Travel Guides.

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