Sonoma Valley, nicknamed “Valley of the Moon” by Jack London, this is one of the loveliest, most romantic spots anywhere. With mountain ranges on either side, Hwy. 12, (which is only 2 lanes wide) stretches down the valley corridor. It’s shaded by oaks, lined by vineyards and dotted with wineries. This is the quintessential Wine Country drive.
Somehow the moon really does look bigger in Sonoma Valley. They say it has something to do with the proximity of the two mountain ranges on either side of the valley. Something about the angle. I don’t know. I don’t really need an explanation. I just enjoy looking up at it, as it shines upon the valley, and the valley glistens back.
Sonoma Valley has always held a special place in the heart of romantics. It was writer Jack London who first called it the “Valley of the Moon.” Writer M.F.K Fisher made this valley her home for the last 20 years of her life. (Her former house can still be seen from Hwy. 12, on what is now the Bouverie Audubon Preserve.) But you don’t need to be a writer or an artist to appreciate the romance of this place. Because, while you’re here, the moon will bring out the artist’s soul within you. And, between you and me, all that wonderful wine they make in this valley, only helps the moon along.
Sonoma Valley Resources
* In those cases in which we did not have much firsthand knowledge about a particular hotel, SonomaUncorked.com did extensive online research for our recommended hotel database. We searched at least 3 online review sites (usually more) for each hotel, and we joined online chat rooms and newsgroups in order to ask further questions. Yes, it was very (ok, extremely) time consuming, but we wanted to make sure that each hotel on our list is one we could highly recommend to a good friend.