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New Tasting Rooms, Food Experiences and an Artistic Visionary for Music

February 7, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Discover new food tours, cooking classes, and ways to experience the abundance of Sonoma Wine Country.

Several longtime Sonoma County restaurants have begun new eras with new owners, remodeled décor, and fresh new menus. Wineries focus not only on good wine, but good food, and sharing it with visitors. And tune in to the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, which has a new leader at the helm.

There is always something new to discover in Sonoma County. Plan your visit today at

Sonoma Mission Inn’s Historic Roots Honored
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has been awarded membership in the Historic Hotels of America organization. This organization was created in 1989 to preserve the authenticity of America’s best destinations. It identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa location was considered a sacred healing ground by Native Americans who discovered the hot mineral waters and built a sweat house that stood for generations. San Francisco physician T.M. Leavenworth was the first to commercially develop the hot springs in 1840. In 1895, the property was bought by Captain H.E. Boyes, who built the Boyes Hot Springs Hotel on the site.

A disastrous fire struck the hotel in 1923, but the current resort rose from the ashes just four years later, as an architecturally accurate replica of a California Mission. The resort was closed during the Great Depression, but was reopened in 1933 by hotelier Emily Long. During World War II, the hotel became an “R & R” site for sailors and marines.

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