The Big Chill: New Rain Tunnel at Fairmont Sonoma

Regulars of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s Willow Stream Spa are familiar with the six-step “bathing ritual,” where guests take full advantage of the thermal mineral waters common in the area. An exfoliating shower, a soak in two mineral-water pools, and herbal steam and dry-sauna treatments are followed by one of several cool-down […]

Sonoma Mission Inn to Close Big 3 Diner

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, which owns Big 3, says on its website that the diner is, “the longest-running continuously operated restaurant in Sonoma Valley.”

Trail of the Week: Bartholomew Memorial Park Trail

Some days all you need is a little walk through the woods, with enough ups and downs to make the blood pump and enough shade to keep you cool. If it comes with a little refreshment at the end, who could complain? That’s the formula for this “only in Sonoma” hike, the 2.4-mile Bartholomew Memorial […]
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Pairing Sonoma Wine with Waterfowl

The birds are back — ducks, geese, egrets, avocets, grackles, pelicans, herons, hawks and sparrows — at the wetlands at Viansa Sonoma winery, and there’s no better place from which to view them than a wood-framed outlook equipped with binoculars, telescope, bird identification guide and blankets for chilly days. Not into focusing on fowl? The […]