Sonoma County will probably always be on my short list of places I'd consider living. So, it was with almost no hesitation, that I accepted an invitation to blog once a week about Sonoma's gay scene for the website Inside Sonoma - the Wine Country Unfiltered, which is operated by the region's official tourism organization, Sonoma Wine Country. I'll be posted short blogs on that site once a week, with a focus on GLBT travel - and I'll also continue to beef up my already extensive coverage of the Sonoma Wine Country here at About.com. In fact, I'm spending most of next week there researching stories - if you'd like to check out my travels along the way, follow me on Twitter ("TravelAndrew"), where I'll be commenting about what I'm seeing and doing, and uploading photos.
I'm hoping all this is good news to those of you who love this fabled destination just north of San Francisco, that's famous not only for some of the world's most exceptional wines, but also for a stunning stretch of coastline, a verdant redwood forest and river valley (the Russian River) that's also one of the West Coast's favorite gay weekend destinations, and a small but vibrant urban hub (Santa Rosa) that's becoming increasingly well-respected for its rich culinary and retail scene.
If you're interested in the kinds of blogs I'll be producing about gay travel for Inside Sonoma, here are my first two examples: "Russian River hotels roll back the Winter Rates" and "Espresso-Bar-Hopping." Meanwhile, back here at About.com, I've written a number of stories about Sonoma County - here's my guide to the region, plus a guide that's specific just to the Russian River area. If you're interested in attending Sonoma Gay Pride in June, here's my preview of it. And I've written a few articles about great restaurants and wineries in the area as well, from romantic Applewood in Guerneville to Passalacqua Dry Creek Vineyard in Healdsburg's Alexander Valley.