Sonoma Plaza is a historic square located in Sonoma County, California. With a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and wine tasting rooms, this charming plaza is always bustling with tourists throughout the year. Some of the most frequented spots include the LaSalette Restaurant, Sigh Champagne & Sparkling wine tasting room, Pangloss Cellars, the Red Grape restaurant, Cafe La Haye, Bossa Nova and Eminent Design boutiques. Shop to your heart's content, taste the best of Californian wines and rejuvenate at this modern, cultural landmark.
Featuring a building which served as the State Capitol from 1853 to 1854, the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park makes for a fascinating visit. The interiors as well as the exterior portion of the landmark have been restored and is open to the general public for viewing. Visitors can explore the furniture, furnishings and fixtures that were used in the bygone era. Guided tours or group visits can also be arranged with prior reservations.
St. Helena Catholic Church is one of the most popular churches in the parish, due to its history and design. Built from grey stone, the church was constructed in 1890 in a medieval architectural style, giving it an old world charm. The Gothic tower, which can be seen from a distance, is the major highlight of this church.
The majestic Mont La Salle Chapel has served as a city landmark since the year 1932. A fine specimen of Mission Style and Spanish Romanesque architectural styles, it radiates calm and serenity and has been used for a number of educational and religious purposes ever since it was founded. The chapel complex also boasts of a well-designed conference venue, while the chapel itself remains an idyllic spot for wedding receptions, concerts and other events.
The First Presbyterian Church at Napa in California is a historical church site located on Third Street, Napa. Constructed in 1874, it has adapted the magnificent Gothic style of architecture as evidenced by its tall bell tower, mullioned windows and arched doors. Damaged during the 2014 earthquake, the church has been renovated and is once more open to visitors. This beautiful church features on the National Register of Historic Places and its definitely worth visiting while in Napa.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and proclaimed a national and state historic landmark, the Marin County Civic Center is incredible to behold. The building is functional as well as aesthetically impressive and serves as a world renowned venue for performances and events, which take place at the center's Showcase Theater, the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, the Exhibit Hall, as well as the Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park. Every July, the Marin County Fair is held on the grounds for five days of outdoor family fun. There are architectural tours, which should not be missed, and the Hall itself can be rented for public use.
Celebrated California-born novelist Jack London commissioned the construction of the Wolf House in late 1910. The design of this 26-roomed mansion combined functionality and beauty and was supposed to be London’s dream house. However, before it could be occupied, it was destroyed in a ravaging fire in mid-1913. Today, the stone ruins of this haunting structure are part of the Jack London State Historic Park and are open to the public.