Cornerstone Sonoma

Last month while in California, one of the places that a BlogtourNYC colleague and now friend recommended to see was Sonoma Valley, as she’s lucky enough to live there.

So while we were in San Francisco we took a little detour and drove up to meet her at one of her favourite haunts, Cornerstone Sonoma.  What a delightful place.


Described on their website as:

“Cornerstone Gardens is an ever-changing series of walk-through gardens, showcasing new and innovative designs from the world’s finest landscape architects and designers. The first such gallery-style gardens in the United States, the nine-acre Cornerstone Gardens was created as an inspiration and resource for people interested in gardens, garden design and art.

Inspired by the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire in France, Cornerstone Gardens aims to create a cultural and creative haven, celebrating the connection between art, architecture and nature. The gardens contribute to the art, philosophy and future of garden design; they focus on themes and ideas, establishing or uncovering new directions in garden design and art. Continually in a state of evolution, some garden installations will be in place for a season, while others will remain for several seasons.”

Here’s some of the various garden instalments that have graced Cornerstone.

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It is also in high demand as a wedding venue, small wonder.  Look at this gorgeous Garden Barn.


Or you can have your event at the Vineyard Lawn.

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On top of the gardens they also have interesting and unique design shops and art galleries on site.  My favourite there was called Artefact Design and Salvage.

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Photos courtesy of Artefact and Cornerstone Sonoma’s website

There were rare architectural antiques, salvage crafted into decorative objects and many other decor items, such as furniture, mirrors, lighting, outdoor furniture, artwork and even garden pieces.  Commissioned items are also done by the owner and founder Dave Allen.

These are some of my pictures from the place. I could have stayed in here for hours. IMG_2877 IMG_2874

As if this wasn’t enough to keep you interested, there is Keating Wines, a small winery on site.  And Meadowcroft Wines has an adorable little tasting room on site as well, to quench your thirst, from all the shopping you’ve done.  And of course, you may be hungry so Park 121 has a delicious seasonal menu made from local ingredients.

And of course, Irene and I had to have our pic taken on the BIG BLUE CHAIR. Thanks so much for recommending this place Irene, and for meeting up with us on that sunny afternoon.

DSC_0964 I’d definitely recommend this side trip if you are in Sonoma Valley. I wish we had gotten there earlier so that we could have spent more time wandering around.  Oh well, next time!

For all my Canadian readers – Happy Victoria Weekend! Here’s hoping that the sun is shining where ever you are!



  1. Definitely on my list of places to travel. The shopping and sites look beautiful!

  2. I haven’t been to Sonoma for 13 years! Cornerstone looks amazing! I need some serious babysitters so we can start to travel without kids again occasionally! :0

  3. Gorgeous, I’ll have to put it on my travel list. Looks like there is so much to do!

  4. Looks gorgeous. My first trip to California was last summer and I was hooked. I would love to go back.

  5. Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous post! Sonoma Valley is on my travel list.

  6. Oh that place looks like so much fun! And what a cool pic in the big blue chair!