The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club is in its second year and already a valuable asset to this small community. Sonoma, CA is known for it’s world class wineries and wine tasting, but the Stompers introduces a whole new activity for kids, families, and sports fans. I don’t happen to be a sports fan, but when the new owner Eric Gullotta invited me to attend a game to check out the wheelchair accessibility I said “yes”! (more…)
The newest winery in the Sonoma Valley is also one of the most spectacular, as well as one of the most wheelchair accessible. Hamel Family Wines opened in June 2014 and raised the bar for the Sonoma Wine Country experience. Conveniently located in the Valley of the Moon less than 5 miles from the historic Sonoma Plaza, it’s hidden from the highway, tucked behind rolling hills and vineyards. (more…)
Black Bear Diners and small towns of the Western United States seem almost synonymous. With 42 properties in California, and another 26 scattered in another 7 states these guys have been serving up home-cooked meals for nearly 20 years. The service is friendly, the food hearty and delicious, and the signature chain-saw bear sculptures adorable. And it’s wheelchair accessible.
The stately Greek Revival building that houses Sonoma Arts Live is a National Historic Landmark built in 1915 yet is wheelchair accessible after a recent renovation. What is Sonoma Arts Live? It’s a new consortium of local theater companies and it’s taking Sonoma’s arts and culture scene to a new level. We saw “Noises Off”, the second production of the 2015 season, with 4 more productions coming through October.
Sonoma Raceway is an accessibility dream. A $70 million Modernization Plan resulted in an impressive property, including accessible parking, shuttles, tunnels, elevators, and ramps to get people with mobility challenges around this huge property. A fixture in Sonoma Valley for almost 50 years, first as Sears Point Raceway then Infineon Raceway, this is the Sonoma home for NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA Drag Racing, and the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.
Location, location, location. El Dorado Hotel is a boutique 27 room hotel at the heart of the historic Sonoma Plaza, on the corner of First St West and West Spain St, with tasting rooms and shops just steps away. El Dorado Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in town, and dominates the first floor of this historic 1843 adobe building. Both the Hotel and the Kitchen are fully modernized and accessible.
Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events, and Inn is a delightful mixture of all three. The culinary school is nationally acclaimed but the European six room inn perched atop the cooking school is somewhat of a best kept secret. Even less well known is that one of those 6 rooms is an accessible room with a roll-in shower. Cooking classes not required! (more…)