Sonoma Valley’s Girlfriends Getaway began five years ago as an activity-packed weekend organized by the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau to encourage Bay Area women to reconnect with friends in California’s oldest wine country.
As you can imagine, the idea was not a hard one to sell, and women have been high-heeling it in droves ever since. What started out as a two-day weekend event has blossomed into a monthlong celebration, and this year things look even better for you ladies.
A slew of Sonoma wineries, businesses, hotels, galleries and shops are offering more specials and signature events than ever before, including extending the fun over two months — March and April. From zip-lining with your BFF at Sonoma Canopy Tours to the Dames Drawing Dudes class at Studio 35 to the Soul Train Dance Party at Rossi’s, you’ll find something for every gal gaggle, leaving no choice but to grab pals and head to Sonoma Valley.
But since this column is about imbibing, I thought I’d serve up a small tasting of the best sips and swirls the Sonoma Valley Girlfriends Getaway has to offer.
The historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is offering a Drinks On Us package that includes overnight accommodations, two cocktails at the lobby bar per day and self-parking for one car. It’s $249 per room midweek, prepaid and non-refundable.
Wine taste in style — and be responsible while you’re at it — with a luxury, chauffeured car that takes guests from tasting room to tasting room. Beau Wine Tours offers a 15 percent discount if you mention the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.
No girls’ weekend is complete without bubbly and SIGH is Sonoma’s only bubble bar. Stop by to watch them saber a bottle of Champagne and if you buy a saber, they’ll teach you to do it yourself. During Getaway months, silly bubble props are available to use for snapping a perfect picture.
(707) 996-2444, www.sighsonoma.com
Book at Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn B&B and get a complimentary bottle of wine from the winemakers at NakedWines.com, as well as a pass for two to the tasting lounge at Kenwood. Call directly to reserve and receive a 10 percent discount for a two-night stay.
(877) 935-8197, www.cinnamonbearcreeksideinn.com
Discover unique and out-of-the-way wines of this gorgeous valley with a five-hour private Girlfriend tour. It’s $300 (regular price $375) for four people, lunch not included.
(707) 799-4148, www.vinedeluxtours.com
During the weekend of March 21-22, more than 20 wineries throughout Sonoma Valley will showcase 2014 vintages straight from the barrel. Sample new releases, award-winning wines, local food and mingle with winemakers and wine lovers behind-the-scenes. A weekend pass is $65.
Springtime means April in Carneros, a weekend open house at multiple wineries in Carneros, located at the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. Taste wines, meet winemakers and fill your home cellars with specially priced wines.
April 18-19. Tickets are $45 per person at www.carneroswineries.org
For more information about Girlfriend Getaway, and a full list of events and specials, visit www.sonomagirlfriendgetaway.com.
Kimberley Lovato has been writing about travel, food and drink for the last 20 years and has never met a happy hour she didn’t like. She writes at www.kimberleylovato.com.