Try These Unforgettable Wine Country Tours

Platypus Wine Tours

Platypus Wine Tours, Ltd. is a tour and transportation company specializing in intimate, unforgettable wine tours. They are highly experienced tour guides in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, as well as other local wine regions.

If you are seeking a lighthearted and fun approach to tasting and learning about wine, Platypus Wine Tours may be for you. Smaller, charming vineyards, historic wineries and family owned operations are their specialty. They bring guests to hidden gem wineries – many of which they have never even heard of.

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Their Join-In Wine Tours provide a social and lighthearted way to see and taste the best that the Napa and Sonoma Valleys have to offer. Their Join-In groups visit four  wineries with an expert tour guide, enjoy a picnic lunch and taste some of the world's best wines.For more information and to make a reservation for a Platypus Wine Tour, see their website.

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is just minutes from Platypus Wine Tours. Make us your home while you tour the area wineries. Our luxury accommodations and outdoor dining patio offer the perfect place to relax after a day of touring and tasting. For hotel reservations and more information see our website or call 707-523-7555.


Last chance to Enjoy First-Class Entertainment at Jack London State Park

Broadway Under The Stars Gala 2014

Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park is an award-winning series of Broadway-inspired concerts that feature incredible talent from the NY and Hollywood stages and screen.  More than just a standard musical revue, each concert weaves favorite Broadway and popular songs into a spectacular evening unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars is having their end of season Gala Celebration concerts September 5 & 6th, your last opportunity to enjoy these amazing performances in the beautiful outdoor Jack London State Park. Each evening will begin with picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards.  Visitors can enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors and pre-show music, with food and wine available for purchase.  

Hilton Sonoma Wine CountryThis concert is a little bit of the best from the summer season and some new sure-to-be classics rolled into one spectacular evening.   Picknicking and pre-show begin at 5pm, the concert starts at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information see their website.

Make Hilton Sonoma Wine Country your destination for luxury accommodations after Broadway Under The Stars Gala. Relax at our beautiful outdoor pool, and enjoy fresh cuisine on the patio of our own Nectar restaurant. Nectar’s wine menu boasts over 120 wines, all from local Sonoma and Napa County Vineyards. For your reservation and more information see our website or call us at 707-523-7555.


Top Winemakers and Chefs Offer Dazzling Weekend to Remember

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. All proceeds from this weekend benefit local charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $12 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.

Sonoma Wine Country WeekendThis year’s event is scheduled for August 29-31. The kick-off to this amazing weekend will be a poolside Friday evening party at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery with wine, delicious cuisine, live music and dancing.  

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will feature numerous winemaker lunches, dinners and tours. At these events, visitors will share a meal with the winemakers whose wines have earned international acclaim, paired with the culinary creations of a local chef utilizing Sonoma County fresh seasonal offerings. On Sunday, wineries will host barbecues, each putting their own special spin on Sonoma’s top grilled foods. For tickets and more information on all of these events, see their website.

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is proud to be a Preferred Partner Hotel for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Visitors can mention Sonoma Wine Country Weekend for a special group rate when making a hotel reservation.  For reservations and more information see our hotel website or call us 707-523-7555.

Image source: sonomawinecountryweekend.com


Get Ready For Some High-Flying Fun in Sonoma County

Wings Over Wine Country Air Show 2014

The 2014 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show promises to be the biggest airshow ever in Sonoma County.  It takes place over two action-packed days, September 20-21, from 9am to 4pm. Wings Over Wine Country is presented annually by the Pacific Coast Air Museum at Sonoma County Airport, and every year it draws tens of thousands of spectators.

This year’s airshow will feature a large collection of classic P-51 fighter Mustangs, both on the ground and in the sky.  Chuck Aaron, the only civilian-licensed pilot to fly an aerobatic routine in a helicopter will perform amazing maneuvers. Also not to be missed is the Marine MV-22 Osprey demonstration. Watch with awe as this marvel of technology takes to the air with its powerful turboprop engines enabling it to take off and land vertically and rotate forward for horizontal flight.

Hilton Sonoma Wine CountryOther attractions include:

  • Parade of Warbirds—Photo-Op Flybys
  • Kids' World – inflatables and rides
  • Climb-Aboard Aircraft
  • Static Display of Classics & Warbirds
  • Military Vehicle Display
  • Memorabilia & Souvenir Vendors

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is just minutes away from all the action at Wings Over Wine Country.  Make it a weekend with accommodations at our beautiful wine country getaway. Take a dip in our outdoor pool, and dine al fresco on the patio of Nectar Restaurant. For more information or to make your reservation, see our website or call 1-707-523-7555.


Tour Wine Country By Motorcycle

Motorcycle Tours of Wine Country

Santa Rosa is the starting point for exploring Sonoma County's many attractions, wineries and natural beauty.  Why not try a totally different way to tour wine country? Adventure Touring Motorcycle Rentals and Tours in Santa Rosa offers everything you need to take in the beautiful countryside….from the back of a motorcycle.

Adventure Touring can take you on some of the most incredible motorcycling roads that wind through breathtaking California scenery. In a single day you can ride through mountain passes, dense redwood forests, grassy rolling hills, coastal cliffs and sprawling vineyards.

Hilton Sonoma Wine CountryAdventure Touring offers one and three day tours of the area. You can bring your own bike or rent one of their BMW motorcycles and all the equipment you need. Whether you are a novice or a more experienced rider, they have tours that will meet your skill level and offer you a guide that has extensive local knowledge, providing both safety and enjoyment along the way.

After your tour of wine country, head over to Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel. Located just minutes from Adventure Touring, you can top off your day with dinner and local wines at our own Nectar Restaurant. For more information on Nectar or to reserve a room at the beautiful Hilton Sonoma Wine Country see our website or call 1-707-523-7555.


Join The Fun as The 2014 Santa Rosa Marathon Races Into Town!

Santa Rosa Marathon and Half-Marathon

August is a thrilling month for runners with the annual Santa Rosa Marathon providing an exciting race experience in beautiful Wine Country. This Boston qualifier offers a full marathon, half marathon, and a 5k race.

This event is a favorite of hundreds of area runners as well as spectators, walkers and supporters. The race starts and finishes in picturesque Juilliard Park. This year also offers a 5k and it is the first race to run through Downtown Santa Rosa.

A memorable treat waits at mile ten as the marathoners run through the beautiful De Loach Vineyard grounds and then through one of its colorful wine barrel and fermenting rooms.

  • Hilton Sonoma Wine CountryRace Date: August 24, 2014
  • Custom Swag for all half and full runners
  • Bottle of De Loach Wine for marathon runners
  • Custom wicking shirt for all 5k finishers
  • Beer and wine tastings

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is less than 4 miles from the Santa Rosa Marathon and festivities.  Reserve your room with us now, and enjoy our beautiful pool, outdoor dining patio and some much deserved rest and relaxation. For reservations and more information see our website or call 1-707-523-7555.


Paddle Your Way Past Russian River Redwoods, Mountains and Beaches

Canoe Trips on the Russian River

The famous Russian River has been a favorite getaway for over a hundred years, and so much of its beauty and serenity stands the test of time today. Taking a canoe trip on the Russian River is the perfect way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the valley, appreciate its landscape, and observe the wildlife on the river. Some local Santa Rosa-area companies offer visitors the chance to paddle and float past the Russian River’s majestic redwoods, mountains and hidden beaches.

Burke’s Canoe Trips offers self-guided canoe trips for couples, families, and groups.

Hilton Sonoma Wine CountryRussian River Adventures, based in Healdsburg, uses inflatable canoes called SOARs. They offer full and half-day, self-guided river trips.

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is just a few minutes away from both of these Russian River trips.  After a long day of paddling, you can satisfy your appetite at our own Nectar Restaurant, with spectacular views of the Santa Rosa hillside. Make it a weekend with luxury accommodations at our wine country hotel. For more information and reservations see our website or call 1-707-523-7555.


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Ironman Triathlon in Wine Country

Don’t miss the excitement as athletes swim, bike and run the distance in Sonoma County

2014 marks the 25th Annual Ironman Vineman Triathlon in Wine Country, making it the oldest independent full distance triathlon held in the United States…and it all takes place right here in Sonoma County.

The Vineman course runs by numerous, scenic Sonoma County vineyards & wineries, and passes through five distinct regions. Vineman athletes will swim 2.4 miles at Johnson’s Beach in the Russian River, then bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through beautiful landscapes of Sonoma Wine Country.

Vineman TriathlonThis Ironman is called “the people’s full distance event” making the average athlete’s experience of completing a full triathlon to be the most rewarding as possible. With beautiful wine country scenery, typically perfect California weather, and a relatively small grouping of athletes, the Vineman is known as an “athlete friendly” race.

Whether you are competing in the Vineman Triathlon, or you are in town to cheer for your favorite athlete, book your stay with a preferred hotel of the 2014 Ironman Vineman Triathlon – the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel!  Located just minutes from the finish line, the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel offers luxurious yet comfortable accommodations with the very best of amenities. Visit us online for more information.

Good luck to all those competing this year in the Vineman Triathlon!

Image: Vineman Triathlon


Wine Country Half-Marathon 2014

Run in this exclusive and scenic wine country half-marathon 2014

Runners from around the world will join in a special wine country half marathon this July 20th. Napa-to-Sonoma is the flagship event in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. This popular race features a fast and scenic course starting at the vineyards of the Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishing in historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall.

Napa to Sonoma Half MarathonThe beautiful wine country region of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys offer runners unmatched views and the finest in wine country hospitality. The course runs through the scenic Carneros wine region passing thousands of acres of vineyards, ranches, the Napa/Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, wineries and into downtown Sonoma.

The finish line celebration is unlike any other race you’ve been in. The Post Race Wine and Music Festival takes place in the heart of the Sonoma Plaza.  Over 20 wineries and local breweries will be offering tastings, while health and wellness exhibitors will be available along with live music. The festival is open to guests so bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.
For more information about the race, see the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon website.

The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel wishes everyone a fast run and a great time at the Wine Country Half-Marathon 2014! For relaxing accommodations after the race and festival, see our website for more information and reservations, or call us at 1-707-523-7555.

Image: Courtesy of Destination Races


Graton Resort & Casino - Stay & Play Package

Feeling lucky? Book our Graton Casino Hotel Package for an unmatched Stay and Play Deal

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country offers a different kind of wine country getaway with our Graton Casino Hotel PackageHilton Sonoma is only 10 minutes away from one of Sonoma County’s newest and greatest attractions, the Graton Resort & Casino.

Graton Casino spans an astounding 320,000 square feet and offers gamers 3,000 state-of-the-art casino slots, 144 blackjack, poker and baccarat tables and a Live Poker Room with 18 tables.  Graton has quickly become one of Sonoma County’s hot spots for exciting entertainment, and now you can combine an exciting gaming experience with a stay at the  luxurious Hilton Sonoma Wine Country.

Hilton Sonoma Guest RoomYour Graton Casino Hotel Package includes:
•    Deluxe guestroom  accommodation at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
•    Graton Casino Fun Book, with over $500 in coupon savings at the Casino (offer subject to new Casino Membership)
•    Bottle of Wine upon check-in at the hotel (your choice of red or white wine)
•    Two wine tasting passes per person to Kendall Jackson and Paradise Ridge Wineries
•    Use of our beautiful, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool
•    “Wine O’Clock” Lobby Wine Tasting on Friday evening
•    Complimentary access to our Health Club and 7 mile Jogging Track

To take advantage of our exclusive Graton Casino Hotel Package, see our website for reservations, or call 1-707-523-7555.