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.

05/20/2015

Treat Dad This Father’s Day to a Restful Getaway to Sonoma Wine Country

Father’s Day Getaway
 
Whisk dad away this Father's Day to Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel for a fun getaway.  Sonoma Wine Country is an ideal destination for its numerous attractions and recreational activities to choose from including Windsor Golf Course, Graton Casino and Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  Treat dad to a vineyard tour and wine tasting or take him on a safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife at Safari West.  Maybe a relaxing sunrise or sunset paddle along the coast or an invigorating bike ride exploring Sonoma’s beautiful redwood forests.  No matter what dads preference is there's something for everyone.
 
Plan a trip dad will never forget and take advantage of our special offers from Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel including our VIP Wine Experience, Advance Purchase Rates and Hilton Bed and Breakfast packages.
 
Father’s Day GetawayVIP Wine Experience Package - includes a bottle of wine at check-in, two reserve wine tastings at Kendall Jackson Winery and 20% off wine purchases*, two for one vine tastings at additional wineries of your choice and a $25 voucher to use in the hotel's restaurant, Nectar, towards lunch or dinner.
 
Advance Purchase Rates - Plan ahead and save. Include Hilton in your holiday plans and you can save up to 20% off our Best Available Rate* by booking with us in advance.
 
Hilton Bed & Breakfast - Pre-purchase our 60-item breakfast buffet and enjoy on the Terrace at Nectar Restaurant, overlooking the famous Red Round Barn, and receive discounted pricing. Pricing based on occupancy.
 
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is the perfect place for a stress-free Father’s Day getaway.   We offer luxury accommodations located on 13 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that offer panoramic views of the spectacular Santa Rosa Valley.  Make sure to stop by and dine at our Nectar Restaurant & Lounge or unwind in our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.   Visit our website to book your stay.

05/13/2015

Fun and Excitement Awaits you at Graton Casino

Graton Casino

Create the ultimate experience during your visit to Sonoma Wine Country at California’s newest and largest casino, Graton Casino.  Whether it is the spinning of the wheel, flip of the card or rolling of the dice that you enjoy, Graton Casino 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 Casino

Make it a weekend getaway with one of Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel special packages we offer including:
 
VIP Wine Experience Package
Your VIP Wine Experience Package includes the following amenities: Bottle of wine at check-in, two reserve wine tastings at Kendall Jackson Winery ($30 value) and 20% off wine purchases*, two for one vine tastings at additional wineries of your choice and a $25 voucher to use in our Nectar Restaurant & Lounge towards lunch or dinner.  *Terms and conditions apply.
 
Advance Purchase Rates
Plan ahead and save.  Include Hilton in your holiday plans and you can save up to 20% off our Best Available Rate* by booking with us in advance.  *Terms and conditions apply.
 
Hilton Bed & Breakfast
Pre-purchase our 60-item breakfast buffet and enjoy on the Terrace at Nectar Restaurant & Lounge, overlooking the famous Red Round Barn, and receive discounted pricing.  Pricing based on occupancy.
 
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is just 10 minutes from Graton Casino and offers our guests a true Wine Country experience with our picturesque grounds, year round heated pool, unique farm to table dining at our Nectar Restaurant & Lounge and “Wine O’clock” Lobby Wine Tasting on Friday evenings. Visit our website to learn more about our money saving packages we offer and to book your next getaway to Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel.

05/06/2015

Calling all Country Music Fans – The Country Summer 2015 Music Festival is Back

Country Summer 2015 Music Festival

Country Summer 2015 Music Festival is back this June 5th through June 7th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.  This three day festival will include performances by 14 country music artists, Western-themed attractions and country-inspired culinary food court along with a secondary stage featuring local musicians and groups from around Northern California.  Gates open at Noon and concerts take place on the on the Montgomery Village stage. 
 

Country Summer 2015 Music FestivalCountry Summer 2015 Music Festival Line-up:
Friday June 5, 2015
1:30 PM - Fender Contender Challenge
3:00 PM - Parmalee
4:30 PM - Chris Young
6:15 PM - Gary Allan
8:15 PM - Jake Owen
 
Saturday June 6, 2015
1:30 PM - The Swon Brothers
3:00 PM - Frankie Ballard
4:30 PM - Jerrod Niemann
6:15 PM - Lee Brice
8:15 PM - The Band Perry
 
Sunday June 7, 2015
1:30 PM - Cassadee Pope
3:00 PM - Easton Corbin
4:30 PM - Trace Adkins
6:15 PM - Brantley Gilbert
 
For more event of ticket sale information, please visit the Country Summer 2015 Music Festival website.
 
All of us at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel wish the attendees of the Country Summer 2015 Music Festival a wonderful time!  If you are looking for a place to stay near the festival, Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel is the perfect choice.  Set in the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country, our hotel offers a full array of amenities and exceptional service along with a convenient location minutes from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  Visit our website to book your getaway today.

04/29/2015

Much Anticipated Healdsburg Jazz Festival is Back!

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Get ready to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz at the Seventeenth Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival May 29th through June 7th.   This ten-day festival in Sonoma Wine Country will feature new talent, local favorites and some of the biggest names in jazz from Brazilian to Bebop, Dixieland to Swing.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

This year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival lineup includes:
May 29 – Opening Night: Ed Reed Quartet at Paul Mahder Gallery
May 30 – Jazz and the Music of the Americas: Brazil at Jackson Theater
May 31 – Blues Brunch with Terrie Odabi at Sonoma-Cutrer Winery
May 31 – Jazz and the Music of the Americas: Argentina & Caribbean
June 1 – Randy Vincent Trio at Dry Creek Kitchen
June 2 – Ritmos Unidos “Tuesday Concert in the Plaza”
June 2 – Batachá at Partake by K-J
June 3 – Adam Theis MOBtet with Tiffany Austin at Spoonbar
June 4 – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet with Jackie Ryan at SHED
June 5 – Ben Stolorow Quartet at Partake by K-J
June 5 – Benny Green Trio in Concert at the Raven Theater
June 6 – Stephanie Ozer Quartet at Seasons of the Vineyard
June 6 – The Cookers in Concert at the Raven Theater
June 7 – New Orleans Day on the Green at Dry Creek Vineyard
June 7 – George Cables Trio in Concert at the Raven Theater
 
Please visit the Healdsburg Jazz Festival website for ticket sales and event information.
 
What better way to cap off your evening of smooth jazz then with a cocktail at Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel’s Nectar Restaurant and Lounge.  Overlooking the beautiful Santa Rosa Valley, our Nectar Restaurant and Lounge offers a contemporary dining experience with seasonal dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients.