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Holiday lights, new places to sip, eat, and tour abound in Sonoma County

November 18, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Print Print Email Email

Enjoy Sonoma County’s penchant for twinkle lights. If it moves (and even if it doesn’t), Wine Country folks will put holiday lights on it and celebrate.

Beyond the lights is an amazing array of new things to see and do in Sonoma County. Sip wine at a new tasting room, dine on fresh-from-the-sea fare, or catch a new flight into Sonoma County, California.

Visit now and discover the wonders of autumn: The vineyards turn from green to gold to red, fall foliage that rivals New England. At the end of your foliage tour, there’s a glass of wine at one of more than 425 wineries.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 707-522-5800.

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Save These Dates — Sonoma County Holiday Glitter Coming Soon
Enjoy glittering holiday magic at these unique Sonoma County events.

The main drag through town closes down for the Geyserville Annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus come to light up the Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. Then the lighted tractors parade through this small Wine Country town. (Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m. with the parade starting at 6:30 p.m., Geyserville Chamber of Commerce, 707-276-6076,www.geyservillecc.com)

Hundreds of plastic snowmen can be a startling sight at the annual Lighting of the Snowmen in the Cornerstone shops and garden center at the southern end of the Sonoma Valley. The lighting ceremony features live music and entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus. The snowmen will be on view throughout December. (Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Cornerstone Sonoma, 23667 Highway 121, 707-933-3010,www.cornerstonesonoma.com)

And a flotilla of illuminated boats makes a dramatic entrance into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The beautifully decorated boats leave the Petaluma Marina at 6 p.m. and arrive in the Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. (Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m., Petaluma River, 10 C St., 707-762-9348,www.petalumadowntown.com)

American Airlines Adding Sonoma County Flight
Tickets are already on sale for the American Airlines daily nonstop flight from Phoenix to Sonoma County that will start Feb. 16, 2017.

The flights between Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) and Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) will be operated by American Airlines partner SkyWest on a Bombardier CRJ-700, a 70-seat jet aircraft with inflight Wi-Fi, and food and beverage services.

Less than two hours each way, the short flights will arrive at STS at 3:42 p.m. each day, and depart at 4:12 p.m. The flights will allow easy connections to eastbound destinations, including Albuquerque, Dallas, Newark, Palm Springs, Colorado, and Salt Lake City. Tickets are on sale at www.aa.com.

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