Sophisticated yet laid back, Sonoma is situated in the center of the Sonoma Valley appellation, a wine growing region in the southeast corner of Sonoma County. Tranquil with small-town charm, the town’s history dates to the early 1800s and was once the capital of California for a short period in 1846. The main focal point of Sonoma is the open-air plaza square in the center of town. A National Historic Landmark and the largest town square in California at eight acres, Sonoma Plaza is a wonderful habitat—expansive lawns, a duck pond, over 60 types of large stately trees and many bird species. Tucked all around the town square are reminders of Sonoma’s rich past. The square is lined with sophisticated shops, wine tasting rooms, inns, hotels, and European-style cafes. Through the preservation of its Old California style buildings Sonoma manages to retain its historic character. For nature aficionados, Sonoma has miles of backroads and lanes to explore and is surrounded by hills with abundant hiking and biking. Sonoma is a great jumping off point to the many vineyards, wineries, and towns in the surrounding areas. Along the way, savor the incredible diversity that Sonoma has to offer.