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5 Must-Visit Outdoor Picnic Spots in Sonoma County

Shiela Frye

Shiela Frye is a third-generation real estate professional in Sonoma County...

Shiela Frye is a third-generation real estate professional in Sonoma County...

Apr 18 2 minutes read

National Picnic Day is almost here, arriving April 23rd, and we're here in your inbox to help you celebrate! Check out our list of recommendations below for top picnic spots in Sonoma County that absolutely need to be on your must-visit list.

Viansa, Sonoma

Take in the sweeping Sonoma Valley views from this stunning hilltop winery. You are welcome to head to Viansa (without a reservation!) and purchase wine by the glass or bottle, and relax in the non-reservation picnic tables and chairs on their Main Lawn space. Don't forget to pick up snacks or a yummy lunch from the Italian Marketplace on property!

A Taste of Italy in the Heart of Sonoma

Join us at Viansa Winery and step into the Italian countryside. Our Tuscan-inspired Tasting Room and Italian Marketplace are open from 10:00am – 5:00pm daily.


Founded in 1990 by Sam & Vicki Sebastiani, Viansa is an ode to the Sebastiani family's deep roots in both Tuscany and the Sonoma Valley.

Events at Viansa

From intimate weddings to large corporate gatherings, Viansa is an unmatched setting for spectacular events.

Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, Geyserville

Looking for a spot with views? Look no further than the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area! Head to the overlook area off Stewarts-Point Skaggs Spring Road and relax. On a clear day, you'll be amazed at truly how far you can see!

Surrounded by World-Famous Vineyards and Land that is rich in History

Nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County, Created by the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983

Lake Sonoma boat-in campgrounds

Open for reservation with the exception of those impacted by high water/flooding. Reservations are available through

Interested in a tour on horseback

We invite you to hike, swim, ride, boat, camp, fish, or hunt at our beautiful lake.

Historic Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma

The Plaza offers a huge selection and visitors are welcome to pick up their favorite food and drinks and enjoy them in the central park! Did we mention that alcohol is allowed in the park? Grab your favorite food and wine pairing and enjoy a leisurely afternoon outside!

Top Getaway Destination for your Sonoma Valley Experience

A huge selection of restaurants, wine tasting, shopping, galleries, and lodging. Plus a park for kids and picnics, events, food and wine tours, and historical sightseeing — all within one block of Sonoma Plaza

Point of Interest

The Sonoma Plaza Visitor’s Guide is a complete listing of all the places to eat, shop, wine taste and experience during your visit to Sonoma Plaza.

Things to do

Some of the best food in wine country can be found at Sonoma Plaza. From small bites and pub grub to casual & fine dining, Sonoma Plaza has something for everyone

Drakes, Bodega Bay

While this might not be the most traditional place for a picnic, Drakes deserves a spot on this list if only for the views. Sit outside at one of the firepits and enjoy some wine and bites as you watch the sunset over Bodega Bay. Need we say more?

Celebrates the spectacular abundance of Sonoma County.

We encourage our guests to sit and savor expertly selected wines and beers from Sonoma County and beyond, or to enjoy one of our lovingly crafted cocktails.

Celebrate on the Sonoma Coast

With our breathtaking Bodega Bay backdrop, we offer a unique setting for group dinners and private celebrations. Fresh, artisanal cuisine paired with a warm atmosphere and ocean views create an unforgettable event experience.

Sip and Savor Fireside

Our Fireside Lounge is an ideal destination for lunch, dinner, shared plates and drinks, and it offers one of the best weekday celebrations in Sonoma County.

Hanna Winery, Santa Rosa Historic Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma

Stunning grounds and top tier wines await! Bring yourself and your guests to the iconic Hanna picnic grounds and enjoy wines and light bites alongside an incredible atmosphere. Cheers to that!

Dive into the culture of HANNA

It all started with 12 acres in the Russian River Valley, purchased in the late 70s, where Dr. Hanna and his daughter, Christine Hanna, began making homemade wine. In 1985, the winery was officially launched, and new vineyards were acquired throughout the next decade. Now, the family’s holdings total 600 acres, 230 planted to vines.

Alexander Valley

Enjoy a seated tasting on our Veranda with breathtaking views of the Alexander Valley. An educated host walks you through a flight of wines from our Flagship, Reserve, and Bismark tiers that pair perfectly with local artisan cheese.

Russian River Valley

Enjoy a seated tasting in our Picnic area at our  Russian River Valley Tasting Room while an educated host walks you through a flight of five wines from our Flagship, Reserve, and Bismark Mountain tiers.

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