Applewood Inn Activities
- Take a dip in the pool.
- Soak in the outdoor hot tub.
- Visit the light filled solarium - office - a welcoming setting to plan your days.
- Read a book in one of the many terraces surrounding the pool.
- Relax with a loved one in the living room.
- Stroll through our organic garden and orchards to best enjoy this peaceful setting.
- Order a picnic basket and enjoy it in one of the tables in the garden.
- Photograph the towering redwoods.
- Partake of a glass of wine under the umbrella in the Mediterranean courtyard.
- Listen to the soothing sounds of the splashing fountains.
- Take delight in the whimsical Italian statues that accent the property.
Explore the redwoods, vineyards, and Sonoma Coast from a romantic enclave located at the heart of the Russian River wine country.
Start with any of the following activities or destinations and let us guide you in creating your own personal Wine Country dream vacation:
Every season in the Russian River Valley has wonderful outdoor food, wine and music festivals. There’s an event every month:
- The Winter Wineland in January. This takes place over two days in northern Sonoma County. You’ll have an opportunity to taste limited production, new releases, and library wines. Details about the program are always available in December of each year. Ticket prices include tasting for all participating wineries.
- Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a trip to Safari West. Learn all about romantic ardor in the animal kingdom.
- Barrel Tasting in March. Purchase a one- or two-day ticket to taste wines directly from the barrel as well as some currently released wines. Here’s a list of the wineries, many from our part of the county.
- Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival every March.
- If films are your thing, come for the Sonoma International Film Festival in March.
- Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival in May.
- From the end of May throughout early June, attend an evening of Jazz through the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
- The Russian River Blues Festival in June.
- Learn about Sonoma County’s Russian heritage in July at the annual Fort Ross Festival on the Pacific Coast.
- Cotati Accordian Festival occurs in August. This is a two-day, multi-cultural and multi-generational event held in quaint downtown Cotati. If you like polka and zydeco music, this is the place for you.
- Do you love apple pie? Then come to Sonoma County for an old-fashioned Gravenstein Apple Fair. You’ll enjoy an artisan tasting lounge, food, cider, microbrews, a farm arena, and, of course, Gravenstein apples.
- Taste of Sonoma showcases Sonoma County’s most renowned vintners, growers, and chefs every September 1. The day includes a walk-around wine tasting, guided wine seminars, and a marketplace. It all takes place at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.
- The Russian River Jazz Festival in September.
- The Sonoma County Harvest Fair in October.
- The Food and Wine Affair in November.
- Wine Country Winter Wonderland in Sonoma. Come for the official lighting ceremony on November 17 or simply enjoy eight acres of 100,000 sparkling lights, periodic performances, hot cider or chocolate and cookies throughout December.
Whatever time of year you choose to come to Applewood Inn, there's sure to be something going on in Sonoma County’s Wine Country that you won't want to miss!
Wine Country Tours
Applewood Inn and Spa is blessed to have as neighbors the 75+ wineries that comprise the Russian River Wine Road, winding from the Sonoma Pacific coast and the redwoods of the Russian River Valley to the Dry Creek Valley and the rolling hills of the Alexander Valley.
An area full of history, grapes have been grown and wine has been made in northwest Sonoma County for over 130 years.
Sonoma County’s Wine Country has the most diverse wine regions in the world. It includes towering mountains, 50+ miles of Pacific coastline, oak-studded hills, and shining valleys. It has Buena Vista, the state’s oldest commercial winery and the oldest family winery in Gundlach-Bundschu. In 2012, TripAdvisor named Sonoma County the best U.S. wine destination.
Sonoma County is home to 18 American Viticultural Areas (appellations). They are:
- Alexander Valley
- Bennett Valley
- Chalk Hill
- Dry Creek Valley
- Fort Ross-Seaview
- Fountain Grove District
- Green Valley
- Knights Valley
- Moon Mountain
- Northern Sonoma
- Petaluma Gap
- Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak
- Russian River Valley
- Sonoma Coast
- Sonoma Mountain
- Sonoma Valley
Applewood’s Wine Tasting Passport offers access to 25 of the region’s premier wineries. Just pick up your free wine tasting passport from Applewood Inn during your stay here. This passport will entitle you to a complimentary tasting for two.
Venture just a bit further down the road and visit neighboring Napa Valley or turn North to discover the wines of Mendocino's Anderson Valley.
Contact these companies for wine tours and transportation in Sonoma County:
For a wealth of trip planning information please also visit:
We have more ideas for you! Check out these delightful venues and events:
- The Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch offers controlled access to this sanctuary. It’s open seasonally. You’ll find it in Glen Ellen.
- Jack London State Historic Park has more than 29 miles of trails across 1400 acres and the historic buildings of author Jack London. Here, you’ll find a 2,000 year-old redwood tree. The park is in Glen Ellen.
- Sonoma County hosts numerous hiking areas, including Trione-Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa.
- In Kenwood, hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The park is also home to the Robert Ferguson Observatory.
- If you love to look up at the sky, visit the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Every September, the museum hosts Wings Over Wine Country.
- Visit the Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. This garden is among the most exotic and biologically diverse places in the Sonoma Valley. It’s a wild Asian woodland, intentionally not manicured and featuring one of the largest collections of wild-sourced Asian plants in the world. It’s one of three eco-conscious attractions in Glen Ellen. The other two are Jack London State Historic Park and the Benziger Family Winery.
- Interested in trying skydiving? Book a tandem dive at Nor-Cal Skydiving.
- Want to try a cedar enzyme bath followed by a Zen harmony facial? The visit Osmosis Day Spa in Freestone, not too far from the Applewood Inn.
- If you arrive in time for Halloween, you have to visit McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa, the most entertaining area in the county on this particular holiday.
- Do you take cycling seriously? Then you’ll want to participate in the Levi’s Granfondo on October 5. This is a challenging and competitive cycle event hosting riders from around the world. Here’s the FAQ page.
- If you’re a beer connoisseur, then you know all about the annual release of Pliny the Younger. It is the most sought-after beer in the nation and it’s only available for two weeks in February at Russian River’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa (plus a limited number of places mostly in California.)
- If you like to visit California’s missions, you’ll find Mission San Francisco Solano in the two of Sonoma. You’ll also find the Sonoma Mission Indian Memorial honoring the 800 native people (including more than 200 children) who died while living and working at the Mission between 1824 and 1839.
Historic California Mission in Sonoma County
If you enjoy visiting California’s missions, then you’ll want to take a car ride to the Mission San Francisco Solano in the town of Sonoma.
Mission San Francisco Solano was the 21st and last mission in California. Father Jose Altimira arrived from Barcelona to serve at the Mission San Francisco de Asis but eventually explored possible sites for a new mission north of San Francisco.
Altimira eventually left Sonoma with the mission unfinished. Another two priests arrived to oversee the work until it was finally completed.
Then on November 3, 1834, the mission officially became a parish. The California Historic Landmark League purchased the Sonoma mission and in 1903 and later in 1999, the Sonoma Mission Indian Memorial. Dedicated in 1999, the Sonoma Mission Indian Memorial honors the more than 800 native people (including over 200 children) who died while living and working at the Mission between 1824 and 1839.