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Autumn in Sonoma, the Prettiest Time of Year

Fall leaves in Sonoma Valley vineyards and all over the city of Sonoma make the area especially beautiful to visit in November.

You can't miss them driving down Highway 12—those red, golden and flaming orange leaves. Rows and rows of them in the vineyards, set against the backdrop of Sonoma mountain, with an occasional white farmhouse.

In the city of Sonoma, the historic city hall and its pond in the Plaza are framed by golden trees. The historic Carnegie Library brick building that houses the Visitors Bureau is accentuated by a camellia bush covered in red. A bright red tree sets on fire an entire neighborhood.

Welcome to autumn in Sonoma, where you might even find clusters of grapes fallen in a public parking lot. Enjoy this Patch photo gallery and please feel free to add your own shots.

Andi November 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Incredible colors. Great photos, Julie.
greg Chick November 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Euphoric recall, "I remember when" I used to stay out in Two Rock by Petaluma and Cotati. Was great.
Carol Page November 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Eldridge, near Glen Ellen, on Arnold Dr., also has beautiful leaves and ivy on walls. It is worth the drive. Also Second St West across from the firehouse has some bright leaves on the trees. Loved the photos in the story!
San Vicente Golf Resort November 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Julie, thank you for sharing the beauty of your new home.
Karina Ioffee November 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Great photos Julie! Makes me want to go from a stroll in Sonoma sometime soon.
Eric Yates November 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
So pretty. Thanks for sharing Julie. We miss you!
Julie Pendray (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I am adding more pictures today. In how many cities do you find fallen grape clusters in a public parking lot? Oh, Sonoma!
Julie Pendray (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Thank you Carol! I will try to photograph them. Eldridge is indeed beautiful right now, I agree.
Julie Pendray (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Nice to hear from you in San Diego county Greg!
Julie Pendray (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Nice to hear from my San Diego Patch editors! I miss you all too!
KM November 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Beautiful pics! By the way, the "persimmon tree" in front of the Mission is actually a pomegranate!
Julie Pendray (Editor) November 18, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Right you are! Typo! Thanks for pointing that out. I love pomegranates. They are so "Old World."

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