Mustard Season in Full Swing in Sonoma County; Best Time to Explore the Hidden Gardens in Wine Country

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The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Mustard Season 2013. Santa Rosa and Sonoma Wine County have hundreds of miles of vineyards and gardens that exemplify the beauty of the North Bay Area and calls to nature lovers from across the nation.

Each year in springtime both locals and world travelers anticipate the scenic Mustard Season in Sonoma County. The weather is warmer and the cleanly pruned vineyards are a feast for the eyes. It’s still quiet and great travel deals can be found, USA Today travel section agrees, “The best months for scenic beauty in wine country are April, early May and March…you'll start seeing wild mustard flowers…green vines are awakening and budding, with wildflowers blooming everywhere.” Wineries and surrounding areas are host to miles and miles of wide open spaces and some of the most magical gardens and parks. Now is the optimum time to get lost on that long country drive and witness the majesty of the season. For outdoor venues not to be missed Visit Santa Rosa has information and listings.

What some travelers don’t know is that some of the most breathtaking gardens reside within the wineries as part of the culture and experience. At Matanzas Creek Winery they devote only a portion of the land to vine and preserve the rest for abundant olive trees, perennials and famous lavender fields, visual tour here. Paradise Ridge Winery critically acclaimed for their art garden paths encourages guests to wander through life-size sculptures set on panoramic vineyard views of the Russian River Valley and the Pacific Ocean.

Vintners Inn awarded the highest honor in Green lodging by the State of California, specifically created a 1.1 mile walking path that loops around the vineyard and vegetable, herb gardens and olive tree orchards. The one-of-a-kind Benzinger Vineyard Tram Tour takes visitors on a first-hand educational tour of biodynamic growing – the organic farming method that replaces harmful artificial inputs and chemicals with plants and animals. At Fort Ross Vineyard, the first and only along the majestic Sonoma Coast, you can walk by the breaking surf and see the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. Kendall Jackson Winery encourages visitors to explore over 2 ½ acres in their seven distinctive Wine Sensory Gardens.

A local favorite Luther Burbank Gardens is a national historic landmark comprising a medicinal, cactus, edible and wildlife habitat garden. Burbank’s famous plant breeding accomplishments earned him the name “plant wizard.” Each year thousands visit from around the world to see the over 800 plants. Bodega Bay Lodge on the Sonoma Coast offers wide-open spaces and incredible views and adventures in hiking. Avid hikers will also enjoy the just opened Taylor Mountain Regional Park with over 1000 acres of walking paths.

About Visit Santa Rosa
Visit Santa Rosa provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa. For more information, please call (707) 577-8674 or

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