A short drive north from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in California, this region is well known for its world-class wine but it is also big on wellness.

When it comes to California travel the big-ticket spots like Los Angeles and San Francisco can overshadow other gems that the state has to offer. But there is one county in California that is packed full of attractions –unique stays, a farm-to-table dining ethos and spectacular spas – as well as soaring California redwood forests, windswept coastline and wine, plenty of wine.

Sonoma County gives visitors a taste of that famous West Coast lifestyle without the crowds, a relatively undiscovered region that is just a 45-minute drive from San Fran, with loads to see and do.

Here are some of the highlights on offer in Sonoma County:


Spa capital of the west coast


Sonoma County has a great reputation as a spa and wellness destination, with over 40 wellness centres scattered across the region. Some spas are set within the area’s famous wineries, others are day spas that use local ingredients like ground cedar, while some spa retreats offer waterside meditation lessons in the forest. Relax, refresh and unwind on a holiday to Sonoma County.


Visit wine country

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Californian wine is respected as some of the best in the world and Sonoma County has over 425 wineries all with their own award-winning drops. This is not one-size-fits-all wine tourism either, the region has a huge variety of microclimates and styles of wine, though specialties of the area include pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel.

Second only to the wine is the warm Sonoma hospitality, ensuring your wine tasting comes with some welcomed local knowledge and wine expertise. There are also a host of Michelin-starred restaurants inspired by the famous wines in Healdsburg, Forestville and Bodega Bay.


The best outdoor experiences


Hit the trails through the towering California redwoods at Armstrong State Reserve, situated between the towns of Guerneville and Occidental; kayak in the rapids of wild rivers or cycle along the rugged coastline, this region is known for its raw beauty. You can even zip line through the canopy of ancient forests and get incredible views of the surrounding mountains and ravines. Other activities include paddleboarding, snorkelling and yoga set amongst the famous vines.

Sonoma County is also home to Jack London State Historical Park that is named after the White Fang author who was inspired by this old-growth forest when writing his novel about a wild dog.


Book your clients and earn points


Qantas Holidays are offering an agent incentive for booking trips to Sonoma County. The first five trip-registered agents to make a booking of two nights or more of any of the campaign products, during the campaign period 9-23 Mar 18 will receive $200 Trip dollars. Check out the Relax. Unwind. Sonoma. campaign here. Or you can contact Qantas Holidays on 13 27 87 or visit qhv.com.au

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Written by Paul Chai, KarryOn contributor

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