At the north end of Sonoma Valley is the town of Kenwood. What Kenwood lacks in the form of a crossroads to call the center of town, it more than compensates for in terms of venues for wine enthusiasts and lovers of nature. It is hard to believe that there could be a more picturesque or pleasant place to live.
The Kenwood area located along State Route 12, Sonoma Highway offers shopping, dining and wine tastings both in the village and in the many wineries located along the scenic roadway. There is a village center that has a market, Post Office, local newspaper offices, restaurant, clothing store and 3 wine tasting rooms.
Nearby you can shop at Swede’s Feeds for hand-made folk art, artisan wine racks, and garden and pet supplies.
Homes in Kenwood range from rustic to sublime. Most of the homes are occupied by full-time residents but second homeowners and those that own for regular weekend visits are not uncommon. Oakmont Village is an adult community in Kenwood situated on 1,000 acres. The first Oakmont home was built in 1964 and today more than 3200 homes are part of the Village.
Just off Sonoma Highway at 200 Warms Springs Road is Kenwood Park Plaza. The 5-acre park features shaded lawns, a gazebo, a play structure, and picnic tables. It's the perfect destination for a Wine Country picnic while touring the Valley of the Moon. (Alcohol is allowed in the park.) Kenwood Plaza Park also hosts a farmer’s market on Sunday afternoons in the summer.
The nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is home to miles of walking trails, a waterfall, Bald Mountain and the Robert Ferguson Observatory. The state park offers organized hikes and yoga classes and Solar and Star Parties at the observatory.
Kenwood features numerous forms of accommodations including the Conde Nast Traveler award winning “Kenwood Inn and Spa.”