8 Best Hotels Within Walking Distance of Historic Sonoma Sites

| February 02, 2018

The 1823 Sonoma Mission (officially Mission San Francisco Solano) and related sites within the town of Sonoma's highly walkable downtown hark back to California’s era of Mexican rule. Luckily for both upscale and budget travelers, varied lodging options abound within walking distance. You could easily abandon your car for a day or two to explore Sonoma's attractions, taste wine, and sample first-rate Italian, Portuguese, and other cuisine.

Among the shops near the plaza are an update of the initial Williams-Sonoma store on its original 1956 site and the Vella Cheese Company, established in 1931. Beyond Vella an eminently walkable 2 miles (nearly all flat) is the legendary Buena Vista Winery. Started in 1857 less than a decade after California achieved statehood, Buena Vista is considered the birthplace of the state’s modern wine-making industry.

Tip: If you’re around on a Tuesday between May and October, the plaza’s evening farmers’ market, complete with food vendors and music, is like a big block party. An even more elaborate market takes place on Friday year-round a little north of the plaza.

Below are our top downtown Sonoma hotel picks, some of them historic properties themselves.

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