Parents want to taste wine, Children want to have fun is there a happy medium. Yes . If your going to be in the Sonoma wine country for two or three days a consideration might be to have a nanny service watch your children for one or two of the days. The nanny service that comes recommended by the Sonoma mission inn The lodge and Macarthur place is Nanny on call. This agency is the best. With them you either have the option of having your children stay behind with the nanny or you can bring the nanny along for the ride to help with the children.
While there are many great wineries to tour in Sonoma there are a few that stand out as being extra accommodating when taking the whole family so in this article we will just highlight a few
Chateau St. Jean is located at 8555 Sonoma Highway (Highway 12). this winery has very good wine chardonnays, viognier, gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, Riesling, fumé blanc cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and pinot noir. They have five times made wine spectators top 100 list, they also have one of the most beautiful gardens in Sonoma. There is plenty of lawn to have a blanket style picnic, as well as picnic tables. it is not uncommon to see painters setup painting scenes of the estate.
Benzinger has a tram that takes you on a 40 minute tour of the terraced estate.
A nice aspect about this is being able to rest tired feet. The tram tour is $10. For $35 you can have the tram tour and a cave tour of there 27000 square foot wine cave. They also have one of the most interesting wine shops with many unique gift items. If you are an art lover you will find a nice variety of wine country art.
Viansa is a unique winery. Its the only winery in Sonoma that you can tell your kids that they can order a pizza at. They have a delightful out door brick oven in witch they make the pizza. Their market place also provides a variety of food items as well as gift items and kitchen ware. Their winery is situated on top of a hill that provides a wonderful view overlooking their 90-acre waterfowl preserve.
Train town located at 20264 Broadway – Highway12 Sonoma. Train town is one of the greatest attractions for kids. As you enter Train Town you will see the forty seven foot clock tower and station modeled after Oakland’s 16th Street Depot. Train Town includes three full sized cabooses, dating from the 1930’s and 40’s. These cabooses can be explored at your leisure. you will also notice a number of carnival style rides including a dragon roller coaster, a fairies wheel a carrousel as well as an airplane ride .A refreshment stand is located in the station offering Snacks. Train Town is located on 10 acres with one and a quarter miles of track. Your journey will take you over five bridges and trestles. there are two tunnels. One 140 foot and one 40 foot long tunnel. At one point in your journey you will be able to get out of the train at the petting farm that features lamas, goats sheep, an other types of animals.
These are just a few of the family oriented destinations located in the Sonoma valley.