Sonoma Date Nights Spots, Fun Brunch Spots & Napa Dinner Spots, Romantic Restaurants, Anniversary Ideas, Activities, Things To Do In Sonoma, Napa

For the longest time, Napa and Sonoma were known for their endless wineries and Michelin star restaurants. A lot has changed in the last 5 years in that wine country to appeal to those beyond stuffy wine tasting experiences and Yountville restaurants that require reservations booked months out.

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Check out some of my favorite spots in and around Sonoma and Napa below. For other local date ideas, check out other lists in the Bay Area here. For date ideas for this current week, check out this list.

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Date Ideas In Sonoma County + Fun, Romantic Things To Do In Napa Valley

Below is my list of casual, approachable date ideas as well as special occasion anniversary and honeymoon ideas all over Sonoma, Napa, Yountville, Healdsburg, Petaluma and beyond.

Domaine Carneros, Chateau Winery


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Napa & Sonoma Wineries, Restaurants, Bars, Sonoma Date Ideas, Napa Date Night Spots

Oxbow Public Market, Napa

Great place for a variety of appetites, dietary restrictions and places to sample bitters, sweets and other delicious bites.

Pro-tip: The public market also features a Fieldwork Brewing taproom known for their hazy IPA’s and stouts (great option and a fan favorite on my list of breweries mentioned in my “Guiltless Ways To Trick Your Girlfriend / Wife To Go Beer Tasting”


Girl and the Fig, Sonoma

Great restaurant and a classic Sonoma institution for places to eat in Sonoma. Known for amazing brunches and beautiful patio, this is a must stop for dining in Sonoma.

Pro-tip: They have Russian River Pliny the Elder on tap and their milk and cookies dessert is divine.

Hot Air Balloons, Yountville

If you don’t mind waking up early to enjoy the sunrise and look at wine country at dawn then this is for you.


Russian River Brewing Company, Windsor

Much bigger and more upscale than the smaller downtown location, this is a great place to visit for beer enthusiasts. Tours, tastes and lounging outdoors are all options for visitors to this amazing facility and production space.


Lagunitas Amphitheater, Petaluma

Live music, good beer and bites on the lawn on a warm afternoon day? Yes please!


Brewsters Beer Garden, Petaluma


SingleThread, Healdsburg

For that special occasion dinner, anniversary or celebration, this is the place for you.


Redd Wood, Yountville

Excellent wood-fired pizzas and patio seats are a great way to cap off a day in Yountville.

Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen

Often ignored because of the drive from downtown Sonoma and Napa, this beautiful restaurant is situated in the darling town of Glen Ellen is definitely worth a visit when visiting wine country.

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

The Infatuation calls this a power move of a date – I agree. Cute, off the beaten path without all the stuffiness of Napa fine dining.

Auberge du Soleil Restaurant, Rutherford

If you want insane views for brunch, come to Auberge du Soleil for brunch.


Addendum, Yountville

Thomas Keller Fried Chicken – enough said.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Nice scenic ride, but lots of tourists which can be annoying. Kind of like a cruise shop on land.


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Sonoma Date Ideas This Weekend, Napa Events This Week, Things To Do in San Napa & Sonoma This Week

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Napa Valley Visitor Guide, Tourist Guide + Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Month To Go To Napa Valley?

That depends on your focus. November for fall colors. May-Sept for bachelorette parties. December for sunset views at closing time. March/April for mustard bloom. End of June for Lavendar harvesting.

Should I Stay In Napa Or Sonoma?

Depends on your lifestyle, focus. Napa is a little more quiet, romantic yet uptight whereas Sonoma is a bit more lively and relaxed.

How Do I Spend A Day In Napa?

Eat, drink and relax. See above options.

Is There A Dress Code For Napa Valley Wineries?

Most don’t but don’t dress like a slob if you want good service, free pours etc.

How Many Wineries Should You Visit In One Day In Napa?

Realistically 2-3. Many wineries will not serve intoxicated parties.

What Is There To Do In Napa besides Wine Tasting?

See above options.

What Is There To Do In Napa If You Don’t Drink?

See above options.

How Many Days Do You Need In Napa Valley

3 days is recommended to try a variety of wineries, restaurants and activities. Most wineries have limited hours and close early i.e. 4pm-5pm.

What Is There To Do In Napa At Night?

Most wineries close between 4-6pm so downtown Napa or Sonoma is your bet for tasting rooms, bars, restaurants and more.

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About Eddie Hernandez

Eddie is a dating coach for men & women in San Francisco (clients in NYC, LA, Chicago, & beyond ), as seen in the NYT & Bumble). He helps w/ profiles, photos, wardrobe, messaging, date ideas, red flags, lifestyle choices, hobbies, grooming/hygiene, communication, social skills & offline efforts.