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What’s New in Sonoma County, California: Winter 2017

February 20, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Exploring the back roads of Sonoma County, California, may bring you nose to snout with one of its newest residents: a 12-ton mechanical boar named Lord Snort, guarding the entrance to Soda Rock Winery.

Or you may become so enchanted with a garden of rare botanicals that turns 30 this year that you extend your day trip into an overnight getaway, courtesy of amazing lodging deals offered this winter. Plan a little ahead and book your stay in March for the region’s tastiest time of the year — Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

These, plus a lot of new brews, wineries, restaurants, deals, attractions, and more are being served up in Sonoma County this season.


Sneak away to Sonoma County for great deals
Plan the perfect Wine Country winter getaway with Sonoma Sneakaway, which offers seasonal deals on lodging, wine tasting, dining, tours, and other Sonoma County attractions.

Located just a short drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers more than 400 wineries, over 600 wine country restaurants, 100-plus organic farms, redwood forests, and more than 50 miles of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.

These special offers will be available at through mid-April.

Restaurant Week returns March 6-12, 2017
The eighth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, 2017, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices.

There are no tickets or passes required. Food lovers can simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they would like. During Sonoma County Restaurant Week, find time to explore new dining options or enjoy old favorites.

Media contact: Maile Hartsook
Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Visit ‘Lord Snort’ at Soda Rock
A 12-ton metal sculpture of a galloping mechanical boar makes a striking addition to the two-lane winding roadway known as Highway 128 in northern Sonoma County. Displayed prominently in front of Soda Rock Winery north of Healdsburg, the massive artwork (20 feet high and 30 feet long) was dubbed “Lord Snort” by its creator, acclaimed Sonoma County sculptor Bryan Tedrick.

Commissioned by Ken Wilson of Wilson Artisan Wineries, Lord Snort was crafted with both new and reclaimed steel, and took more than 1,000 hours to create. It was first showcased at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada in late August 2016.

In November Lord Snort was trucked to Soda Rock Winery in four pieces on a flatbed trailer, and lifted into place with a crane. Lord Snort can spin around 360 degrees on his pedestal, and his head also nods up and down.

Wilson Artisan Wineries owns nine boutique Northern California wineries, including Soda Rock Winery. Photo by Sarah Davis.

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