SONOMA MAGAZINE – Gardens, Tasting Rooms, Art, Boutiques: Cornerstone Sonoma Makes for a Great Outing
The Sonoma Valley marketplace blends outdoor and indoor spaces in a way that feels just right, right now.
A giant Adirondack chair on the side of Highway 12 marks the entrance to the Cornerstone Sonoma marketplace. While the big, bright orange chair captures the whimsy of the 9-acre complex, it only scratches the surface of the many different things awaiting those who visit.
Here, at the south end of Sonoma Valley, you will find a microcosmos of Sonoma — tasting rooms, restaurants, gardens, boutiques and fine art that, together, capture the spirit of this area. As an additional bonus, the marketplace blends outdoor and indoor spaces in a way that feels just right, right now.
Home to Sunset magazine’s test kitchen and gardens, Cornerstone is dotted with collections of plants — from lush pollinator gardens to raised beds, currently bursting with late-summer bounty: pumpkins, tomatoes and huge stalks of corn. Sturdy aloe vera plants juxtaposed with wispy wildflowers are pleasing to the eye, while a children’s garden— complete with a mini vineyard and brightly colored nesting boxes for barn owls — is a fun space for little ones…
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