ADVENTURE: Exploring the best Sonoma food, wine, and hiking! // EATING: All of the food at The Freemont Diner // CRAVE: That spicy chicken sandwich!
Of all the things to do in Sonoma, a visit filled with good food, wine and hiking makes for the perfect day trip! If you are looking to escape the bustle of busy San Francisco, check out this guide for a fun outing in wine country.
The Best Things To Do In Sonoma
Here’s a little preview of the perfect day trip filled with things to do in Sonoma.
- Stop #1: Grab brunch at the classic Freemont Diner!
- Stop #2: Work off all that delicious food with a hike in Sugarloaf State Park.
- Stop #3: Finish off the day with wine tasting at Patz & Hall Winery.
Read on for more details about each of these places!
Stop #1: The Freemont Diner
The Freemont Diner is a well-known restaurant everyone should visit along the Sonoma wine trail.
This place gives off a fun, yet eclectic country vibe with a huge outdoor space packed with bright turquoise picnic tables.
The menu offerings are definitely way better than your average diner. Breakfast is served all day with great dishes like biscuits & gravy, huevos rancheros, avocado farmer’s toast, and smoked brisket hash.
The Nashville Style Chicken Sandwich is one of their specialties and a must-get! This sandwich is topped with delicious coleslaw and pickles that balance out the flavors of the crispy, spicy fried chicken.
If you’re in the mood for breakfast, the fried egg sandwich with house smoked ham, spicy mayo, and cheddar on wheat bread with French fries will definitely hit the spot.
And, whatever you order, make sure to try their delicious biscuits (sold individually or by the bucket!) and cornbread.
Stop #2: Hiking at Sugarloaf State Park
Now that you are all fueled up, head about 30 minutes north to Sugarloaf State Park. This area has tons of trails taking you up to beautiful vistas, alongside waterfalls, and through gorgeous meadows with bright colored flowers in bloom.
The waterfall hike is a great choice after a few days of rain and starts in the valley from the first parking lot you pass. The park’s meadows are in full bloom around May and the vista hikes are always stunning! We chose to do the Vista Trail loop that took about 2 hours and was just under 4 miles.
Stop #3: Wine tasting at Patz & Hall Winery
After your hike, you are probably a bit thirsty! Sonoma has tons of great wineries to choose from to taste different wines. I’d heard about Patz & Hall Winery from a friend who became obsessed with their wines and even joined their wine club. With enthusiasm like that, I knew it was worth a visit!
The property feels modern and open, with giant windows in the tasting room that show off the gorgeous vineyards and a ton of patio space to relax and sip wine.
Patz & Hall Winery specializes in chardonnay and pinot noir wines. Make an appointment, sit back on the patio, gaze over the vineyards, and sample some of their latest releases! Their staff is exceptionally knowledgeable about the wines, telling a colorful, thorough history of each as you sample.
That’s a wrap on a day well spent exploring the best things to do in Sonoma! To get going, learn more about The Freemont Diner on their website, find your perfect hike for Sugarloaf State Park here, and book a tasting at Patz & Hall Winery here!
If you’re looking for another wine country hiking and eating outing, check out this adventure in Napa.