The economic hub of the Sonoma Valley and former county seat of Sonoma County, this community has perhaps the richest history of any California Wine Country town, Sonoma also offers a park-like town square, a plethora of charming cafes and gourmet restaurants, stylish boutiques, galleries and much more. It is, in fact, the birthplace of California’s wine industry and continues to be a centerpiece of the State’s world-class viticultural life. Most of its 10,000 residents swear they’ll never leave and its visitors swear they’ll one day own at least a vacation home here. With its temperate climate, easy access to San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, richness of its cultural scene and recreational opportunities, and easygoing lifestyle of relaxed sophistication it is hard to disagree. The town plaza, a National Historic Landmark hosting its early 20th century and still functional town hall, is surrounded by historical buildings as well as casual to gourmet-style restaurants, galleries, spas and shops. Sonoma’s homes range from modest cottages to luxurious, breathtaking estates.