Treetop Retreat to a New Winery from Super Bowl Alumni
Sonoma County, CA – Sonoma County always comes through in delivering unique and new experiences in travel adventure.
2021 arrives with some fun and quirky opportunities for exploration in Sonoma County. The sun is shining, temperatures are rising and the planning is underway for another incredible travel season. Let’s explore!
Three Fat Guys Winery
From three Super Bowl alumni, Three Fat Guys Winery debuts their inaugural vintage of Sparkling Brut with The Champion, a special release for their Bonus Super Bowl Wine Club Release. Three Fat Guys also released The Linemen, a new Sonoma County Red Wine Blend featuring line drawings of linemen on the label, ideal for celebrating the Super Bowl.
Founded by three former NFL players from the Green Bay Packers, Three Fat Guys opened in the summer of 2020. Some highlights of their first year have included: Becoming the world’s first wine drive-thru, partnering with local restaurants and caterers to share food at their outdoor tasting grove, handing out free meals through a partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Sonoma, and providing a special 50% off wine club for first responders, teachers and members of the armed services.
Located at 20816 Broadway in Sonoma, check out their website.
Treehouse Grove Executive Retreat
Unplug and stay a couple nights in the treehouse village atop a grove of redwood trees with this Executive Retreat designed for small teams of executives. Tucked away in beautiful and secluded Occidental, groups of five to ten can reserve a once-in-a-lifetime experience inside unique treehouse accommodations that are fully furnished with luxurious beds, a sink, and bathroom. Connect with nature and enjoy the breathtaking historical redwood tree trunk that runs through each “room”. Included is gourmet food and beverages and cozy meeting spaces, with optional activities like zipline tours, kayaking, guided hikes, and trips to the beach to promote creativity and teambuilding.
Nestled near the cascading waves of the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Canopy Tours is high adventure and completely unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Take your team completely off the grid and treat them to a fully immersive experience in the unparalleled beauty of the world-famous coastal redwoods.
Sonoma Canopy Tours is located on Bohemian Highway in Occidental. For more details, check it out online.
Altamont General Store opens
Step into the newly opened Altamont General Store, located in a revamped 19th-century hotel, for the salivating Rotisserie Chickens that are ready by 11:00 a.m. daily. Other highlights include a sandwich menu featuring the Mushroom Melt with swiss and sauerkraut, Pork Melt with pulled pork and slaw, Chicken Melt with pickled onions and harissa yogurt drizzle, and a Beef Hot Dog with yuzu aoli and crispy shallots. Substitutions for gluten-free bread and beyond beef dogs are available for special diets. The juicy rotisserie chicken and pulled llano seco pork are also offered in a comforting bowl format, complete with kukohu rice and a variety of flavor-packed sides. Pair with Pumpkin, Matcha, Chai, or Cold Brew Milkshakes, and finish with Straus Chocolate or Vanilla soft serve.
This modern-day eatery, market, and community meeting space for makers, bakers and caffeine appreciators is a new type of gathering space, designed to bring people together when it is safe to do so once more. For now, it has quickly become a local favorite for grab-and-go food Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Altamont General Store is located at 3703 Main Street in Occidental.
Folktable Restaurant @ Cornerstone Sonoma
Taste the spectacular seasonal dishes from former Top Chef finalist and “Fan Favorite” Chef Casey Thompson’s newest restaurant in Sonoma County. Choose from unique and mouthwatering starters like the Country Ham and Pimento Cheese Paté or Beef Tartare on Hash Browns with fried capers and cured egg yolks. Plates like the Black Truffle Chicken Handpies and the Chicken Fat Butter Rice made with Dungeness crab and trout roe are sure to surprise and delight any dinner table. The breakfast menu includes elevated classics with a twist, like the Gingerbread Pancakes made with poached apple, apple butter and maple syrup, or the Bacon Egg & Cheese with a sunny-side up egg on a warm brioche bun.
The menu is seasonal and is carefully curated by Chef Casey Thompson and BIPOC Executive Sous Chef Melanie Wilkerson, using ingredients that capture the spirit of Sonoma County’s unparalleled seasonal bounty. Enjoy takeout and curbside pickup from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for now, and be sure to check back on new hours once county guidelines allow for table service.
Folktable Restaurant is located at 23570 Arnold Drive in Sonoma.
Escape into an enchanted forest for a dining experience inspired by wintertime in Hokkaido in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. Usu-Zan is the name of a small active volcano in a remote village where Chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton lived in Hokkaido. It was the inspiration for this soulful donabe hot pot culinary endeavor that takes place completely outdoors in the heated open tent environment with socially distanced tables tucked away in the forest-like setting across from SingleThread’s restaurant.
Indulge in a feast for all the senses in this 9-course dinner “main event” cooked in handmade donabes from the Nagatani Family in Iga, and featuring the choice of a Hokkaido Seafood and Miso Nabe, a Roasted Duclair Duck Nabe, Vegetable and Mushroom Nabe, a Vegetarian Tofu, Farm Vegetable, and Yuba Nabe, or a Premium Hokkaido A-5 Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Shabu Shabu. This limited engagement is scheduled to run through March 28th, and celebrates SingleThread’s Japanese roots through Sonoma County grown produce at the SingleThread Farm. For the latest information on reservation availability due to the regional stay-at-home order visit their website at SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn is located at 131 North Street in Healdsburg.
Anna’s Seafood Market
Create sustainable meals that are sure to impress with the highest quality, sashimi-grade, fresh and live seafood purchased from Anna’s Seafood Market’s new location on Lakeville Street in Petaluma. The sustainable seafood empire built by Annalicia Svedise is moving to a more central location and is expanding to include a seafood restaurant with prepared foods.
The seafood market is stocked with line-caught fish and shellfish sourced from local fishermen, with products like oysters, clams, sushi-grade fish, smoked salmon, scallops, uni and crab. Shoppers can also find fresh whole salmon, black cod, lobsters, baby octopus, Tabikko, and crab feeds that are cracked, clean, and ready to eat. The seafood restaurant side of the shop is serving up delicious seafood dishes like Cioppino, Clam Chowder, Grilled Unagi marinated in a soy glaze, and Shrimp and Fish Ceviche. Guests can also order take-home kits that will feed four to five people, with options like the Ultimate Sashimi Kit, The Ultimate Cioppino Kit, The Chef Specialty Box, or The Ultimate Smoked Box.
New location! Anna’s Seafood Market is now located at 901 Lakeville Street in Petaluma.
Miracle Plum Kitchen, a shared commissary kitchen
Taste the delicious plates at Miracle Plum Kitchen before each pop-up’s limited residency is over and a new one enters. The women entrepreneurs behind Miracle Plum have taken on a new property across the street from their shop and transformed it into a commissary kitchen shared with the community. Sink your teeth into ever-changing menu items from The Kitchen’s window, like the Salami Sandwich, Bomb Vegan Sando, Pot O’ Beans, or Butternut Squash Soup.
The kitchen provides space for cooks, the culinary community, and food entrepreneurs to create mouthwatering culinary delights. The Kitchen even offers a small scholarship for qualified women, BIPOC, and immigrants because of their interest in food equity and reimagining food systems. Located in Santa Rosa at 600 Wilson Stree, visit their website at Miracle Plum Kitchen
Travel Safe & Smart
Note: Visitors and residents are asked to continue to wear face coverings in public, practice physical distancing, and follow the public health authorities’ recommendations.