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Hike a Winery Trail in Sonoma

Locals call it Bart Park, but the distinguished nature of this beautiful 400 acres tucked just a few miles east of Sonoma’s historic plaza beckons an official callout: Bartholomew Park is a beauty.

Thank the Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation (a private nonprofit) for reopening the park’s beautiful hiking trails after repairing damage from the 2017 wildfires. Also new, the property’s winery, reimagined, revamped, and featuring tasty organic wines in a historic building hosting a rotating exhibit of plein air art. But before the wine, do the hike!

Hiking at Bartholomew Park Winery in Sonoma

We recommend a 3-miler starting at the South Gate Trailhead, where you’ll find a sign with a trail map. Begin hiking on the You-Walk Miwok Trail, winding next to a stream and climbing among madrones and oaks to beautiful views of the valley and vineyards.

Hiking at Bartholomew Park Winery in Sonoma

Benches are set in perfect spots overlooking the scenery. The trail is rugged in parts, and built-in stairs help take you higher, to Benicia’s Lake, an oasis festooned in redwoods. The Grape Stomp Trail takes you back to the vineyard property as you exit via the North Gate.

BONUS WINE: Now it’s time to relax and “unwined” at Bartholomew Estate Winery. Plan ahead and book a tasting on the Oak Knoll, or purchase a glass or bottle and bring a picnic to enjoy in the park’s charming wine garden (open to all).

Sunset at Bartholomew Park Winery in Sonoma Valley

SUNSET TIP: For a sunset to remember, linger a little longer at the picnic area near the Oak Knoll and overlooking the vineyard. The sun sinking across the horizon is truly sublime at Bartholomew Park. Wait for it, wait for it … now glow


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