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Wildflowers bloom along the beautiful spring vineyards.

Experience seasons

Springtime at the Inn at Occidental means blooming flowers and gentle breezes. It is the time to see the heritage roses at Vintage Gardens and to spy a gray whale migrating through the Pacific. The Sonoma countryside is a million shades of green this time of year and wildflowers of every color sprout up all along Coleman Valley Road. Wineries across the county hold barrel tasting weekends — a great way to sample up-and-coming vintages.

Notable Events:
Sonoma Wine Country Sheepdog Trials (831-389-4252)
Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend (800-723-6336)
Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting Tour (707-833-4134)
Sonoma Museum Visual Art Auction (707-527-0297)
Battle of the Brews (707-542-6465)
Healdsburg Country Fair (707-431-7644)
Petaluma's Through the Garden Gate — A Tour of Privately Owned Gardens (707-762-4247)

A coastal sunset from River's End restaurant is a must in the Sonoma summer.

Summer is the time for stunning sunsets, farmer's markets, and music, music, music. Melodic strands of jazz, classical, and blues drift through the summer night air. It's peak season for a hot-air balloon ride and a great time to visit Safari West. It's also the time to stroll the shores of Western Sonoma's sun-kissed beaches. Don't miss seeing a summer sunset at River's End.

Notable Events:
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic (707-838-7285)
Russian River Blues Festival (510-655-9471)
Road Runner Road Trip
Sebastopol Art Walk (707-829-4797)
Kenwood World Pillow Fighting Championship (707-833-2440)
Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food (707-586-3795)
Gloria Ferrer Catalan Festival (707-933-1999)
Sonoma County Fair (707-545-4200)
Wine Country Film Festival (707-966-2536)
Sebastopol's Gravenstein Apple Fair (707-571-8288)
Russian River Grape to Glass Weekend (707-521-2534)
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, & Wine Festival (707-824-8404)

Fall is the time for making wine. The vineyards are ripe and ready for harvest.

Warm days and crisp nights make fall absolutely perfect in Sonoma. Everywhere the county hums with activity — harvest festivals, pumpkin festivals, antique fairs, and "The Crush." Grapes are picked, crushed, and stored in barrels in the fall, so it's a great time to see and participate in the winemaking process firsthand. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a must if you're visiting on festival weekend. Check with an innkeeper for this year's dates.

Notable Events:
Russian River Jazz on the River (510-655-9471)
Petaluma Heritage Homes House Tour (707-762-3456)
Wine & Food Affair
ArTrails Open Studio Tour (707-579-2787)
Russian River Fall Fling (800-253-8800)
Sonoma County Harvest Fair (707-545-4200)
Harvest Faire Trade Show & Silent Auction (707-578-7975)
Healdsburg Antique Fair (707-433-6935)

Winter & Holidays
Winter is a great time to visit Sonoma. Although the trees are shedding their leaves, the wineries are still pouring great wine. In fact, many tasting room folks are bored and dying to impress you with their favorite vintages.

Christmas at the Inn is a special treat. Come celebrate the season with us.

For the holidays, we decorate the Inn in the style of an old-fashioned New England Christmas. We go all out on the tinsel and holly — in fact it takes us four days to deck our halls! We also bake a sampling of Christmas treats to tantalize you in the evenings.

Notable Events:
Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire
Petaluma Heritage Homes Holiday Parlour Tour (707-762-3456)
Guerneville's Holiday Extravaganza (707-869-9000)
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Holiday Open House (707-524-5445)
Wine Road Winter Wineland (800-723-6336)