The historic town of Sonoma is nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country. It is famous not only thanks to its many award-winning wineries but also for its quaint stores, interesting art galleries, incredible restaurants, and historic buildings. The Sonoma Plaza is the heart of the town and surrounded by 19th-century adobe buildings including the Mission San Francisco Solana. The plaza hosts fun events throughout the year such as its farmer's market where you can taste local organic produce and music festivals.
The Mission Era
In 1823, Father José Altimira of the Franciscan Religious Order built the Mission San Francisco Solano located in Sonoma. The mission was the 21st and last one in California. It was closed 10 years later along with all other missions in California. The mission is designed in a Spanish style and is a great place to visit and learn more about the history of California.
The plaza itself is a National Historic Landmark covering about 8 acres. Surrounding it are the following historic places:
- The early 20th-century city hall
- The Mission San Francisco Solano
- Captain Salvador Vallejo's Casa Grande
- The Presidio of Sonoma
- The Sebastiani Theatre
- The Bear Flag Monument
- The home of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo