Nearby Attractions

Sonoma County boasts a wide variety of outdoor, culinary, historical, and cultural attractions. We have the ocean, rivers, redwoods and grass covered hills.

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Sonoma County Visitors Bureau have more information on attractions and activities.

Sugarloaf is a great base to explore these local favorites.

Spring Lake

Jack London State Park

Visit our sister park, Jack London State Historical Park in nearby Glen Ellen. This National Historic Landmark is a 39-acre park with museum and London’s grave site. 9.3 miles from Sugarloaf.

Note: When you buy an annual pass to Sugarloaf, the pass is also good for Jack London park!

Road Biking

Many of the country’s best road bikers and biking teams call Sonoma County home. Why? Because we have miles of scenic country roads with routes ranging from the easy to the epic. Bring your road bike and explore, or rent one when you get here.

Check out the calendar of recommended Sonoma County bike rides.

To rent a bike of for a bike tour check out Wine Country Cyclery in Sonoma or NorCal Bike Sport in Santa Rosa.

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition offers a good bicycle map for sale.

Swimming

Spring Lake – 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; $7 per car. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 10.7 miles from Sugarloaf.
Enjoy the 3-acre swimming lagoon with sandy beach, restaurant and concession stand. The swimming lagoon is staffed by lifeguards and open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Spring Lake’s swimming lagoon is treated with chlorine and tested weekly, and water samples consistently exceed all state water quality requirements.
Note: dogs are not allowed around the swimming lagoon area, except on the lake side of the multi-use path.

Morton’s Hot Springs – 651 Warm Springs Rd, Glen Ellen CA 95442, (707) 833-5511. Open Tuesday through Sunday seasonally. 7 miles from Sugarloaf.
Amenities include 3 natural mineral swimming pools, picnic and BBQ sites, bocce ball, 2 horseshoe pits, basketball court, baseball field, volleyball sand court, wading pool, video arcade and ping pong.

  • Adults $8.00 (12 and up)
  • Seniors (+60) and Children (3-12) $7.00
  • Children under 3 – no charge

Wine Tasting

Sonoma Valley winemakers produce some of the world’s finest wines and many are within minutes of Sugarloaf, starting less than 2 miles away!

Some or our local favorites are:

For a view of all the nearby wineries, check out the Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau wine map or visit Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Calendar.

Dining

Sonoma County is a gourmet delight, and Kenwood and nearby Glen Ellen boast a variety of restaurants for those nights you don’t want to cook. Some of our favorites:

  • Vineyards Inn – Nearby Spanish Bar and Grill. Open daily except Wednesday for lunch and dinner. Popular for drinks, too.
  • Cafe Citti  – Nearby Italian Trattoria. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
  • Doce Lunas Restaurant & Antiques – International fusion. Open Wed-Sun for dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.
  • The Fig Cafe – Country French home cooking in Glen Ellen. Open daily for dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.
  • Glen Ellen Star – Woodfire pizza and wine country fare in Glen Ellen. Open daily, dinner only.

Other Activities

Kayaking/Canoeing
Some of the most popular outfitters:

Sonoma Garden Park
Sonoma Garden Park is a 6.1-acre working farm and model of sustainable agriculture just minutes from downtown Sonoma – a Project of Sonoma Ecology Center. 15.3 miles from Sugarloaf.

Historic Sonoma
Visit the town of Sonoma and enjoy true California history and ambiance – a stroll around the historic plaza bordered by quaint shops and good food. Mission San Francisco Solano is right on the square, as is the old Sebastiani Theatre. Nearby attractions include the General Vallejo home. 13.6 miles from Sugarloaf. For more information see the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.

Sonoma Traintown Railroad
One mile south of the Sonoma Plaza, TrainTown features a quarter scale railroad on 4 miles of track. Good stop for kids with train trips lasting 20 minutes, six other amusement rides, and a petting zoo. 14.6 miles from Sugarloaf.

Safari West
Safari West offers an African Adventure in the heart of Sonoma wine country. This 400-acre private wildlife preserve emphasizes African species including giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs and more. 18.4 miles from Sugarloaf.