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THINGS TO DO IN SONOMA COUNTYsonoma wine country vineyard

Sonoma County has much to offer during your visit. Here at the Inn, we invite you to enjoy our swimming pool, picnic areas, gardens, massages and library of films, novels and historical books.

Nearby, dozens of family wineries are open for tastings. The town of Healdsburg has a public plaza with boutiques, antique shops and restaurants. The town of Cloverdale is quiet and historic. According to a 2009 survey conducted by Budget Travel magazine, Cloverdale is one of the 21 Coolest Small Towns in America. Criteria required that the town be on the upswing, a place beginning to draw attention because of quality of life, arts and restaurants, and proximity to nature.

Visitors could choose to hike in the Armstrong Redwood forest, bike through vineyards, ride a horse on the beach at Bodega Bay, canoe or kayak on Lake Sonoma or down the Russian River, skydive or soar in a hot air balloon over the valleys.

We are happy to recommend wineries, restaurants and other places to visit and can provide a list of suggested winery tour guides. And you can order a picnic basket from Odd Couple Catering, which will be delivered to a place of your choosing.

Wine Tasting – A stay at Old Crocker Inn wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the more than 200 wineries in and around Sonoma County and Mendocino County. We truly are located at wine country’s crossroads in the most picturesque grape-growing region in California.

Your stay includes a passport for free tastings at premium Sonoma County wineries and an excellent Wine Road map.

From the Inn, guests can visit the Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Anderson Valley wineries and those along the Russian River. Some wineries have small shops with food and a place to picnic.

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Bicycling — the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country scenery, lovely weather and quiet, level roads and rolling hills make bicycling one of the most popular activities in the area. Biking routes can be found at or You can also contact Cloverdale Cyclery, located in the town of Cloverdale.

Beer Tasting — It takes a lot of great beer to make great wine. There are several world-renowned craft breweries in the wine country. Check out the Sonoma County Beer Map. Toward the coast is the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, the Mendocino Brewing Company and the North Coast Brewing Company in Ft. Bragg.

Cloverdale — a charming wine country village just coming into its own. Take a walking tour in the newly remodeled downtown to do a little shopping or view the many finely restored vintage homes. Visit the Cloverdale Museum to catch up on the town history.

Dining — Breakfast: We serve our guests a full breakfast every morning at 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30. Coffee, tea and homemade baked goods are usually available in the evening in the dining room.  We will be happy to recommend a place for lunch or dinner. Click here to print list.,

Gambling — try your luck at the River Rock Casino just 10 minutes away, in Geyserville, or the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino, 25 minutes away in Hopland, or at the Graton Resort Casino just south of Santa Rosa.

Golfing —you can play at Tayman Park Golf Course in Healdsburg (707-433-4275), Windsor Golf Club course in Windsor (707-838-7888, and Oakmont Golf Course in Santa Rosa (707-539-0415).

Horseback Riding — horses for hire are available at Sonoma Cattle Company Trail Rides (996-8566). There are also horseback riding trails at Lake Sonoma and at many Sonoma County Parks.sonoma wine country activities

Hot Air Ballooning — the skies above Sonoma County are often speckled with hot-air balloons of every size, color, and design. The wide, flat valley with its moderate and (somewhat) predictable winds makes hot-air ballooning a favorite activity in the area. For a personalized ballooning experience, contact Above the Wine Country Balloons (800-759-5638), A Balloon Over Sonoma (707-546-3360), Up & Away Ballooning (836-0171 or 800-711-2998), Santa Rosa Hot Air Balloon (707-284-0051), Wine Country Balloons (707-538-1359), and Sonoma Valley Balloons (707-861-6006).

Lake Sonoma — Just a 15 minute drive from our wine country inn, this beautiful body of water has it all – hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, fishing, camping and hunting. The Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Fish Hatchery is a wonderful place to learn the history of the area and see a variety of ranger-led andlake sonoma audio-visual programs.

Redwoods Armstrong Redwoods, located in the Russian River country 30 miles southwest of Cloverdale, is an 805-acre park featuring a magnificent grove of ancient redwoods, a large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities.

Russian River — for many visitors, the Russian River is the heart of Sonoma County recreation, winding its way through some of the area’s most spectacular scenery. The river provides a venue for swimming, canoeing (Trowbridge Canoe & Kayak rental or Burke’s Canoe Trips), rafting (both float and whitewater varieties), fishing, boating (sail and motor), and all styles of relaxing.sonoma wine country activities

Skydiving — yes, we even have Skydiving for those brave souls that are bored with all of the above. Contact NorCal Skydiving‘s Cloverdale branch at 707-894-9241 for more information.

Solar Living Institute (SLI) – established in 1998 in Hopland, CA, the Institute provides one- to nine-day workshops on renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, ecological design and alternative construction methods. The SLI ( manages the Solar Living Center (707-744-2017), a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site that is visited by nearly 200,000 people annually.

Spas — The Main Street Spa is located in downtown Cloverdale and offers a full range of pampering. Call (707) 894-5546 in advance to schedule massages, manicures, facials and other beauty treatments.


Beau Wine Tours

Jersey Tom Wine Country Tours

Healdsburg Area Wine Tours

Pure Luxury
(800) 626-5466

Wine Country Chauffeur

Wine Cube Tours

Platypus Wine Tours

Healdsburg Vino Tours

Healdsburg Wine Tour

Healdsburg Tours

Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours

Sonoma Wine Tours

Terrific Tours

California Wine Tours

The Wine Carriage (via horse and carriage)

DRIVERS (your car)

Bill Boerum at Beau Wine Tours

My Driver

WALKING TOUR (Healdsburg)

Wine Country Walking Tour

Savor Healdsburg Food Tour


Cloverdale Historical Society
Cloverdale: (707) 894-2067
Thursday – Monday: 11am – 3pm

Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society
Healdsburg: (707) 431-3325
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

The Hand Fan Museum
Hotel Healdsburg: (707) 431-2500
Call for hours

Anderson Valley Historical Society
A great source of information about Boontling,
a native English dialect spoken since the turn of the century in Boonville.
(707) 895-3207
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 4 pm

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Santa Rosa: (707-524-5445)
Gardens daily: 8am – Dusk

Safari West Sonoma
Santa Rosa: (707-579-2551)
Call for times and reservations

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa: (707) 579-4452
Daily: 11am – 5pm

Cornerstone Gardens
20 gardens, each designed by a contemporary artist
Sonoma: (707) 933-1030
Daily: 10am -5pm

diRosa Preserve
217-acre estate gallery of Renee diRosa collection
Carneros: (707) 226-5991 ext 25
Tuesday – Saturday: call for tour times

The Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum
Everything Stevensonian
St. Helena: (707) 963-3757
Noon – 4pm, closed Mondays

Sonoma County Museum
Santa Rosa: (707) 579-1500
Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm