Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, is California wine country, but it offers a wide variety of activities apart from wine. From hikes to gardens and coastal views to historical sites, Sonoma has something for most travelers.
Cornerstone is a complex of gardens in the city of Sonoma. Sunset Magazine has a few test gardens here, and there are several other gardens to stroll, plus a little bit of shopping, wine tasting, and dining.
If you enjoy gardens, be sure to visit the Sonoma Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. Here you can see many Asian plants, grown from seed gathered in the wild. The garden now also has a California native plants section.