07/29/2015

Labor Day Weekend Getaway to Sonoma Wine Country

Sipping a fine wine and reflecting on the nature of beauty are things to do in Sonoma Wine Country this Labor Day.

Labor Day weekend is a time for enjoying the finer things in life. Relax, take some time away and appreciate what vacation is all about. When you are looking for activities in Sonoma Wine Country this holiday weekend, look no further than our beautiful facility in Santa Rosa Valley.

Labor Day Weekend Getaway at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country HotelA Labor Day weekend getaway at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Our on-site concierge service will assist you in booking your spa appointments, tee times and reservations at local attractions. Arrange a chauffeured winery tour for an inside look at the wine-making process, complete with education and tastings. For a brisk active morning, tee off at the Windsor Golf Club, the Links and Bodega Harbor, or on the Fountaingrove course. For an afternoon of pampering, set your appointment for a full-service spa package.


When you consider where to stay in Sonoma Wine Country this Labor Day, remember that activities are not the entire package. You'll want a nice place to just sit and relax for a while. Our hotel is the perfect place to do just that as we're nestled on 13 acres in the picturesque Santa Rosa Valley. Sonoma County offers redwood forests, whale watching, bird viewing and more.

Our hotel offers more than just beautiful scenery. We are a comprehensive vacation destination. Happy Hour at our Lounge offers specialty cocktails, Sonoma County Wines, draft beers at special low prices along with a variety of inexpensive appetizers to complement your drinks.  Take a dip in our refreshing pool and perfect your summer tan on one of our chaise lounges. Visit Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel website today to book your Labor Day weekend getaway.

07/22/2015

The 7th Annual Santa Rosa Marathon is Coming Soon

This Boston Qualified course is held in the midst of the famed Wine Country with the Taste of Sonoma County Post Race Festival in Juilliard Park

We are coming up on the 7th Annual Santa Rosa Full & Half Marathon and Downtown 5k on Sunday, August 23, 2015. This Boston Qualified course is held in the midst of the incredibly beautiful Wine Country. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you race.

7th Annual Santa Rosa MarathonBesides the beautiful course and custom swag, there are other perks for participants, as well as their families and friends. After the race, return to where the race started and enjoy the Taste of Sonoma
County Post Race Festival held in Juilliard Park. The festivities include a farmer’s market that offers samples of fresh, organic produce available to purchase. Runners each get a free glass of wine or beer at the Beer and Wine Garden. A pancake breakfast is free for all runners or $3 for everyone else. Games and inflatable jumpies entertain the kids while adults can enjoy a complimentary post-race massage. For details about the race, pre-race festivities and the best places for spectators, visit the official website of the Santa Rosa Marathon!

Our Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is the ideal Wine Country retreat and the convenient home base for the 7th Annual Santa Rosa Full & Half Marathon and Downtown 5k. Although our hotel is only a six-minute drive from the starting gate of the Santa Rosa marathon and post-race festival in Juilliard Park, it is set apart from the race crowds and situated in the midst of the tranquil Wine Country area. Perfectly nestled in 13 lush acres overlooking the picturesque Russian River Valley, this is an ideal setting for a casual stroll or use the 7-mile jogging track, free 24-hour health club or heated pool to prep for marathons in Santa Rosa CA. Visit our website to find out more about our amenities and to book your stay for the Full & Half Marathon in Sonoma County.

07/15/2015

Coming Soon: Transcendence Theatre Company Rhythm of Life

Transcend normal theater at this amazing production of Rhythm of Life.


The Transcendence Theatre Company Rhythm of Life production runs the 7-8, 14-16 and 21-23 of August at the Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, California. The production is a celebratory musical with dance and harmonies from the best eras of the last century.

With electrifying dance and dynamic music, this show promises to be a great opportunity to see live performances on the Great Lawn at Transcendence Theatre Company. More than just a stage show, each outdoor performance enhances the feelings of celebration and excitement that the production glorifies. You'll have the chance to watch the show as you drink and dine under the stars.

Transcendence Theatre Company Rhythm of Life

Show times are at 7:30 p.m., but guests are invited to come early for pre-show picnicking on the lawn. You can bring your own food, but each night showcases a selection of local and international wineries with food from several local vendors. On opening weekend, enjoy The Neo-Jazz Ensemble at Transcendence Theatre Company as they get you warmed up for the play with a pre-show concert. Every weekend features other musical performances before the show.

After a decadent evening of wine-country picnicking and exciting live theater, you'll need a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is conveniently close to the Transcendence Theatre Company, making us a perfect home-away-from-home after the show. We offer hundreds of luxurious rooms and suites on our 13-acre grounds. Our expanded room service features an extensive menu, and we have a Health Club featuring state-of-the-art Precor Fitness equipment. Before or after seeing a performance of Transcendence Theatre Company's Broadway Under the Stars, you can book your wine tours through us, giving you the inside access to over 330 local wineries. Explore our website to learn more about our hotel.

07/08/2015

Experience Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Discover why Sonoma is home to some of the best wines in the world.

Whether you've been a wine enthusiast all your life, are new to the game or just want to enjoy great selections in the middle breathtaking wine country, the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will be an event to remember.

The weekend, the Sonoma's largest charity event hosts an unforgettable wine tasting experience. The event will be held over Labor Day weekend, from September 4 to 6. In 2014, the event raised over three million dollars and donated it to charity.

Sonoma Wine Country WeekendIn addition to fantastic tastings, the charity event offers a selection of excellent foods crafted by top-quality chefs. Pairing these delicious aperitifs with a variety of Sonoma's best wines is central to the spirit of the event. Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards will host a similar tasting event allowing guests to experience fine wines the way they were meant to be experienced - alongside thoughtfully crafted dishes.

Weekend visitors will also enjoy three central functions: two wine tastings and a wine auction. The Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery is a relaxing evening where guests are treated to dinner, coffee, dessert and dancing. Reserve members are allowed access to an exclusive wine bar.

On the last day of the event, guests are invited to Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. Mingle with vintners, chefs and others who specialize in creating fine wines and cuisines. You can purchase one-of-a-kind etched bottles, special trip packages and more.

While you're in town for this weekend, you want to choose a hotel in close association with Sonoma County. When you stay at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel, you'll be conveniently close to all the central locations of this event. Enjoy luxurious amenities and beautiful views when you choose a hotel nestled in scenic wine country.

07/01/2015

Wind Down the Summer at the Sonoma Country Fair

Come Experience the Fair and Carnival at the Sonoma Country Fair

The Sonoma Country Fair runs from July 24 through August 9 and offers some of the most engaging activities for the whole family, including a carnival, rides, horseracing, rodeos and demolition derbies.

The kids will find excitement in rides such as the Alpine Slide, Krazy Plane and the Baja Buggies. The carnival and exhibit buildings are accessible 12 hours a day except on Mondays, and you and the family can enjoy rides such as the Pharoah's Fury, Beach Party and classic Bumper cars. For two weeks during the fair, Wine Country Horse Racing is available on California's only turf track; come enjoy the races by some of the best jockeys in the sport while sampling award-winning local wines. On July 25, you can immerse yourself in rodeos in Wine Country by the PRCA as cowboys compete in saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and many other events.

Sonoma Country Fair

If vehicular carnage is more to your liking, experience the Destruction Derbies & Monster Trucks in Wine Country starting on Aug. 1. MoonDog Motorsports brings destruction and mayhem with a chaotic yet safe derby of vehicles smashing into each other. Competitors from all over California will battle it out for trophies and prizes. Think you have what it takes to survive the destruction? Enter your vehicle in the event and become part of the show. However, just watching the destruction is thrilling still.

As there are so many attractions at the Sonoma Country Fair, it's unlikely you'll be able to get the full experience in a single day. By going online and reserving your room at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel, you will be staying close to the fun and games offered at the fairgrounds and will have enough time to appreciate all the thrilling activities.

06/24/2015

Welcome to the Wine Country Half Marathon Series

The Wine Country Half Marathon Series is for runners and wine lovers.

For the eleventh year in a row, the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country is back. On July 19, 2015, the 13 miles that span from Napa to Sonoma and encompasses farmland, wildlife and above all, scenic views and countless vineyards, will be taken over by 3,500 men and women who have a love for wine and a need for speed. Welcoming runners and wine enthusiasts from across the country and around the world, this celebration of life and vine takes runners on one of the most scenic courses on the West Coast. All are encouraged to watch the runners as they take on 13.1-mile course that begins at Cuvasion Carneros Winery and ends at the historic and scenic Sonoma Plaza. Nevertheless, only those who run a minimum of a 16-minute mile and who have purchased registration in advance may actually participate in the race, and out of all of the half marathons on Sonoma Wine Country, this is the one you won't want to miss.

Wine Country Half Marathon Series

In addition to the race itself, there are also events that participants are more than welcome to attend. Over the past 10 years, these events have become as popular as the race itself. From the pre-race welcome party to the post-race Wine Country Half Marathon festival, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series is an event you will not want to miss.

Individual registration has already sold out, the VIP Estate Packages have sold out but charity bibs are still available for purchase. And much like registration for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon itself, hotel accommodations are selling out quickly. Fortunately, the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel, conveniently located near the marathon, is offering special packages exclusive for the race that include advance purchase rates. Plan ahead and save. Include Hilton in your holiday plans, and you can save up to 20 percent off our Best Available Rate by booking in advance.

06/17/2015

Looking for Fun Ideas for Touring Sonoma Wine Country

Try a hot-air balloon ride over Sonoma Wine Country!

Try out the hot air balloon tours in Sonoma Wine Country. Up and Away Hot Air Ballooning provides an hour-long balloon ride over Sonoma Wine Country. You’ll meet the Up and Away staff at the airport first thing in the morning, and ride out to the balloon launch pad where you get to help with setting up and filling the balloon. The staff is comprised of top-notch professionals who make the flight safe and entertaining, and the views are spectacular. The balloons go as high as 5,000 feet and may dip down low so you can observe some of the wildlife. First time flyers often remark at how peaceful it is up there! You’ll commemorate this awe-inspiring experience when you join your flight group at the Kendall-Jackson Winery for an amazing, specially prepared champagne brunch.

Touring Sonoma Wine Country

After touring Sonoma Wine Country from the air, you’ll want to enjoy this diverse region up close. Adventure Touring, located in Santa Rosa, offers self-guided motorcycle tours in Sonoma Wine Country. You’ll be able to take in the full range of scenery, stopping as often as you like to rest in a grassy meadow, picnic under the forest redwoods, enjoy panoramic mountain views or ocean cliffs.

Later, you’ll be ready for a relaxing evening at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel. We have everything you need right here. Have dinner in our restaurant, enjoy a drink in our lounge, or we’ll bring your meal right to your room. Still need to burn off some calories? Our onsite health club has a wide variety of fitness equipment and a flat-screen TV, or you can take a swim in our outdoor heated pool. Then you can drift off in your comfortable Hilton Serenity bed.

06/10/2015

The Unique Ironman 70.3 Vineman Tour of Sonoma

Swim, bike and run your way through 70.3 miles of beauty

The Ironman 70.3 Vineman is one of the most popular triathlons in the world, and it will be held right here in beautiful Sonoma County, California, on July 12, 2015. Consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run, the race starts at Johnson's Beach and then winds through and around the many vineyards and wineries that Sonoma County is known for. Twenty-three-hundred competitors will be running the race, which serves as a 2015 IRONMAN World Championship Qualification event. This means that it will get qualified racers into the championship in Austria, making it undoubtedly an event you don't want to miss.

Ironman 70.3 VinemanRacers, families, and spectators can take advantage of all the things that Sonoma County has to offer before or after the event. This is wine country, so that mostly means touring the very same vineyards and wineries that will serve as part of the track for this momentous event. What better way to celebrate a well-run triathlon in Sonoma Country than a world class dinner paired with refreshing local wine?

As far as accommodations go, we would love for you to join us at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel located right in Sonoma County. Not only are we incredibly convenient to the event, but we have all of the luxurious rooms, friendly staff and fabulous amenities that the Hilton brand is known for. We want to be your home away from home, and we will make sure that you feel that way. If you're competing in the triathlon, you'll find no better place to rest and recuperate than our hotel. Since we are located in wine country, we also have plenty of deals for you to take advantage of in regards to wine, such as discounts at certain wineries and even a weekly Friday night wine tasting right here at the hotel!

06/03/2015

Celebrate Independence Day in Sonoma Wine Country

Independence Day in Sonoma Wine Country

Though Sonoma Wine Country is known for its reds, whites and pinks, this Independence Day is all about the red, white and blue!  Marvel at the sights and sounds and soak up the local atmosphere while celebrating the Fourth of July!  Here’s a small taste of some of Sonoma Wine County’s local celebrations:
 
Celebrate Independence Day in Sonoma Wine CountryIndependence Day Celebration Guerneville
July 3, 2015 – 10 AM – 10 PM
Enjoy family fun festivities and a fireworks display. 
 
Dutton-Goldfield Winery Independence Weekend Celebration – Reds, Whites and Blues
July 3 - 5, 2015 - 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate your independence with some red & white wines while listening to fantastic blues music.
 
Sonoma's 4th of July on the Plaza
July 4, 2015 – 10 AM to 10 PM
Enjoy live music and games all day long along with food, beer, and wine followed by a fireworks show at dusk.
 
Petaluma 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks at Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds
July 4, 2015 – 5 PM to 10 PM
Celebrate Independence Day in Petaluma with a family games, live music, food and drink from local vendors and a fireworks show.
 
Red, White and Boom Santa Rosa
Celebrate July Fourth with food, live music by local bands, kid’s activities including a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters and more.
 
Independence Day in Sonoma Wine CountryFireworks Over Bodega Bay at Westside Park
July 4, 2015 – Beginning at 9:30 PM
Come view a spectacular firework display over Bodega Bay!
 
Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Party at Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden
July 4, 2015 – Beginning at 7 PM
This all-inclusive event includes a Fourth of July buffet dinner, a bottle of wine per couple and fabulous fireworks show.
 
Fourth of July Celebration in Kenwood
Start off your Independence Day with a pancake breakfast, silent auction, 3k-10k footrace and parade followed by a Fourth of July Independence Day Shindig!
 
Make Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel your July Fourth weekend destination and experience the luxury and convenience of our hotel to the area celebrations and top attractions.  Visit our website to book your getaway today.

05/27/2015

Summer Time in Sonoma Wine Country

Sonoma Wine Country Attractions

 
Summer and Sonoma go perfectly together and there are plenty of things to see and experience during your stay at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel.  From museums, to outdoor adventures, wine tours to safaris, Sonoma Wine Country has something for the whole family to enjoy including:
 
Sonoma Wine Country AttractionsZip the Redwoods at Sonoma Canopy Tours with 7 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, & a rappel.
 
Take an exclusive tour of Sonoma Wine Country and visit your favorite wineries.
 
Go on an adventure in a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary at Safari West guided, open-air jeep tours.
 
Learn about the creation and history behind the famous cartoon "Peanuts" at Charles M. Schulz Museum.
 
Train buffs can learn about the local history of authentic railroad cars, an operating telegraph system, and a big steam locomotive bell at Depot Park Museum.
 
Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society brings historical events and local landmarks to life with its exhibitions and permanent collections.
 
Infineon Raceway offers a variety of ways for you to hit the track, whether it's the twisting road course or the quarter-mile drag strip. 
 
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel central location makes it easy to enjoy the Sonoma Wine Country top attractions.  After a day out and about, come unwind in our refreshing outdoor heated pool before relaxing in the comfort of our spacious guestrooms.  Visit our website to learn more about our deluxe special packages we offer and to book your summer getaway today.