Daniel and I go to wine country as often as possible and despite living so close we never get bored of it. This past weekend we decided to rent bikes to see the town of Sonoma a bit differently. Usually we head to the square downtown, park and hit our favorite spots, but riding around on a bike allowed us to see so many beautiful parts of the city we haven’t seen before.
We rented bikes from Wine Country Cyclery, which could not have been easier. It was only $20 for both us to take the bikes out for an hour. They also provide you with a helpful map of the area and directions to the bike path. This path is so easy to get across town because you don’t have to cut through the crowded square and it goes past most of the wineries in downtown.
Riding a bike around was so much fun and made it really easy to stop and take pictures. I wanted to stop at every front yard to stare at the incredible gardens and grapevines. The hydrangeas in bright pink and white are scattered throughout Sonoma, adding color to every other street.
I don’t feel like it is a great trip to Sonoma, without eating and drinking something delicious. We ate lunch at one of my new favorite spots, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille. The food is incredible (I had the grilled chicken sandwich with mac and cheese, Daniel had the pulled pork) and the service was super fast. Another place I have to go to whenever I’m in Sonoma is Sweet Scoops. This adorable ice cream shop serves homemade ice cream in a variety of mouthwatering flavors. This past trip I got peaches & cream.. talk about summer perfection!
There is a wide variety of architecture in Sonoma. Two of my favorite styles are the modern farmhouse and the classic Victorian. I definitely stopped and stared for longer than I probably should have to envision myself living in them. Another perk of wandering around on a bike was finding a ton of hidden neighborhoods and streets I hadn’t see before.
Sonoma is full of so much charm and extremely friendly locals. There are a lot of options to eat, drink and shop or just sit and relax in the square. I highly recommend taking a short bike ride on a nice day to explore more of the real Sonoma, not just the main attractions.