The Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum has a huge collection of taxidermied animals as well as live animals, and is open to the public every Saturday. The property also includes an aviary, dioramas, and a fossil and mineral collection.
This restored mill, built in 1846, still works, and visitors can see its massive millstones in action when millers grind flour out of local wheat. Bale Grist flour, literally the "run of the mill," can be purchased at the mill when demonstrations take place. Check for the sign saying "Milling Today." Bale Grist Mill demonstrations are irregularly scheduled. Demonstrations are more frequent on weekends and in summer months. The verdant surroundings are a great addition to the historic charm of this site.
A picnic ground and trailhead at the base of the hill lead to steep trails up to the boulder-strewn valley rim. Hikers and horse riders to the Skyline Wilderness Park are greeted with pretty views of the valley and a respite from the wine-soaked tourist crush of the valley floor. Some moderate degree of cardiovascular fitness is advisable before setting off.
Founded in 1823, the last California mission, Mission San Francisco Solano, served only 11 years before its secularization. But without it, history would be rewritten to upset many wine-loving travelers: Sonoma Valley wine country wouldn't exist, and the town of Sonoma wouldn't exist. Today, the mission is part of the Sonoma State Historic Park in the lovely downtown. It is rather small, but theexhibits are impressive in terms of variety and quality, from watercolor paintings of California missions by Chris Jorgensen to flea-market-finds oil paintings and artifacts. The courtyard is anoasis filled with olive trees, walls of cactus and rosemary.
Napa Valley Museum boasts an intriguing collection, of objects and artifacts rooted in Napa's pioneering and wine making history. The museum is housed in fashionably reconstructed quarters of what was once the California State Veterans Home. Three galleries are housed within the museum, each dedicated to a different aspect of local history. The exhibit spaces are intelligently arranged and well lit, making good use of Napa's abundant natural light. Its educational programs are great, particularly strong hands-on art training for kids.
The Campbell Theatre is the place to be if you are looking to attend theater performances or concerts and jamming sessions by local songwriters and musicians in a reasonable price. Providing live performances throughout the year for enthusiasts of performing arts in the neighborhood is the ultimate goal of this theater. The entire venue can be hired for all kind of private and corporate events as well. The staff here have been specifically trained to cater to all your needs and make your events a successful and memorable one. Apart from theater and music concerts, performances from talented dancers, actors and comics are also organized at The Cambell Theatre.
Located in Napa Valley and the brain child of Rene and Veronica di Rosa, this place is all of 217 scenic acres (87.8 hectares) and houses nearly 2200 works of art by more than 900 artists. The Preserve was set up to promote the arts and culture of the Northern California region. Guests are bound to be charmed by the beautiful pieces of art found in a location that itself is picturesque with scenic natural beauty. Besides an arts gallery, guests can rent out the lawns for weddings and other special events. Regular exhibitions to promote art are held here too.
Sonoma Barracks or El Presidio de Sonoma, are military barracks that were set up in Sonoma, California. Built in 1836 under the leadership of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the barracks have been used as a winery, office, residence and a store, over the course of time. The building is now a State of California property and is a California Historical Landmark.