Fall is finally upon us and I couldn’t be happier. This is my favorite season of the year for a multitude of reasons – the weather gets chillier, everything is pumpkin flavored, I get to break out my favorite boots and sweaters. Sonoma County is one of the most beautiful places to be during this time of year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Autumn. Here are a few of my favorite things to do during Fall in Sonoma County.
Toast the new season with local bubbly
If you love sparkling wine like I do, you can always find a reason to pop open a bottle. The beginning of a new season (harvest season nonetheless!) is an excellent reason for a glass of bubbly – or better yet, explore the beautiful local wineries as the vineyards change color. My favorite is Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol. Iron Horse has some of the best bubbly around as well as amazing views. Make sure to make an appointment before you head out there though!
Dive into the art community
Sonoma County Art Trails is an awesome experience where local artists open their homes and studios to the public. You would never believe how many creators are right in our neighborhoods – in previous years I’ve met every type of artist from a photographer to a sculptor to a leather crafter. This year, the event will be held on the weekends of October 14 – 15 and October 21 – 22. Check out the listings of artists on their website.
Spruce up your Fall wardrobe
Sweaters are quite literally one of my favorite things on this planet. I have a whole section of my closet dedicated to them. There are several locally owned boutiques that have awesome pieces to add to your collection – I recommend Ooh La Luxe (with locations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Healdsburg – tip: their grand opening for the Healdsburg store is this Friday, Oct 6 and everything will be 25% off!) and Punch Clothing (with locations in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg).
Try a seasonal menu
Many restaurants in Sonoma County feature local ingredients in their menus, or have seasonal specialities. Trading Post Restaurant and Bakery in Cloverdale has a Midweek Market Menu where Chef Erik Johnson creates a special menu based entirely off fresh picked ingredients from their garden. City Garden Doughnuts in Santa Rosa creates special glazes with seasonal ingredients, currently they have a pumpkin spice doughnut with a pecan glaze. Bird & the Bottle in Santa Rosa always has fresh specials with seasonal ingredients – recently, it was delicious fried green tomatoes.
Or have deliciousness delivered straight to you
On a chilly fall night, sometimes all I want to do is curly up in some fuzzy blankets and watch Netflix, which is about 100x better when fresh cookies are delivered to your door. Yes, fresh, straight out of the oven, prepared locally cookies. To your door. What more could I ask for? If you live in Santa Rosa, Windsor or Rohnert Park you can experience this dream by ordering from Hella Baked Cookies. They have six different types of cookies and two types of crispy treats (no “special” cookies though) and they have delivery options for Friday and Saturday nights. The salted chocolate chip is literally the best cookie I have ever had in my life. And I’ve eaten a lot of cookies.
And yes, go to the pumpkin patch
How could it be fall without a trip to the good-ole pumpkin patch? There are several worth visiting in Sonoma County – the one I always visited as a child is the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, which is located on Stony Point Rd. right off of Highway 101. This one is great for families – a corn maze, petting zoo and of course, plenty of pumpkins. This patch can get a little crowded on the weekends, so another great spot is the Eastside Pumpkin Patch in Santa Rosa right off of Petaluma Hill Rd.
What’s your favorite fall activity? Let me know in the comments!