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A Vegan Travel Guide to Sonoma County with La Belle Vie

Introducing Michelle

In today’s episode, we’re excited to introduce Michelle, a resident of Sonoma County, California. Michelle shares her insights into the region’s unique attractions and her innovative business venture, La Belle Vie vegan wine tours.

Sonoma County, with its renowned wineries, offers a variety of experiences that go beyond the usual wine tours. In this episode, you’ll learn about the region’s burgeoning vegan and wine tourism industry, its rich history, and its natural beauty. Michelle’s passion for veganism and her love for Sonoma inspired her to create La Belle Vie, which offers curated vegan wine tours with a focus on inclusive and educational experiences.

Throughout our conversation, Michelle uncovers unique experiences in Sonoma County and provides practical travel tips for visitors. Whether you’re an animal lover, a vegan, or simply interested in exploring new destinations, this episode offers valuable insights and inspiration.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Overview of Sonoma County’s unique attractions and natural beauty.
  • Insights into the region’s burgeoning vegan and wine tourism industry.
  • Michelle’s innovative business venture, La Belle Vie vegan wine tours.
  • Unique experiences in Sonoma County beyond traditional wine tours.
  • Practical travel tips for exploring the region.
  • The significance of Sonoma’s rich history.
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Learn more about what we talk about

  • La Belle Vie Vegan Wine Tour: Experience Sonoma County’s wine country in a vegan-friendly way with La Belle Vie Vegan Wine Tours.
  • Sonoma Mission: Explore the history and architecture of Sonoma County’s Mission San Francisco Solano.
  • Bear Flag Monument: Learn about the historical significance of the Bear Flag Monument in Sonoma Plaza.
  • Sonoma Ballooning: Enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over Sonoma Valley with Sonoma Ballooning, departing from Charlie’s Acres Farm Sanctuary.
  • Charlie’s Acres Farm Sanctuary: Visit this sanctuary to meet rescued animals and immerse yourself in its beauty.
  • Armstrong Redwoods: Explore the majestic redwood trees at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
  • Little Saint: Indulge in delicious vegan options at this all-vegan restaurant located in Healdsburg.
  • Sonoma Botanical Garden: Immerse yourself in the diverse plant collections and stunning landscapes at Sonoma Botanical Garden.
  • Jack London State Park: Learn about the life and legacy of Jack London while enjoying the natural beauty of this state park.
  • Charlie Schulz Museum: Explore the world of the iconic cartoonist at the Charlie Schulz Museum and enjoy ice skating at the adjacent rink.

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Exploring Vegan-Friendly Sonoma: An Unforgettable Wine Country Experience with Michelle Rumont

If you think that Sonoma County in California is just about wine, you’re in for a delightful surprise! The region offers a lot more than its famous vineyards. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle Rumont for the World Vegan Travel Podcast, where she shared an in-depth look at Sonoma’s hidden gems and vegan-friendly options. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or someone who simply loves exploring new places, this blog post provides a fantastic itinerary for your next trip to Sonoma County.

Wine Country Wonders: La Belle Vie Vegan Wine Tours

One of the highlights of my conversation with Michelle was learning about her vegan wine tour business, La Belle Vie Tours. As a vegan herself, Michelle discovered the challenge that many vegans face in finding vegan options in Wine Country. This inspired her to start vegan wine tours that not only highlight vegan wines but also include visits to places like Charlie’s Acres Farm Sanctuary.

Michelle’s tours begin with an uplifting visit to Charlie’s Acres, a 32-acre farm sanctuary where you can meet and learn about rescued farm animals. Afterward, you can enjoy a curated wine-tasting experience that showcases the best vegan wines in the region. The tour typically lasts around seven hours, giving tourists plenty of time to chat about vegan options, enjoy scenic views, and delve into Sonoma’s history.

A Stroll Through History: Mission San Francisco Solano and The Bear Flag Monument

If you’re a history buff, Michelle highly recommends visiting the sites that tell California’s story. Sonoma’s Mission San Francisco Solano is the last of the 21 missions established in California. The mission provides a glimpse into the Franciscan outreach efforts and the resilient Spanish architecture.

Equally fascinating is the Bear Flag Monument located in the Sonoma Plaza. The site commemorates the brief period when Californians declared independence from Mexico, an event that is intricately linked with Sonoma’s rich history. Each year, locals celebrate a reenactment of the Bear Flag revolt, a tradition that highlights the enduring spirit of the region.

Sky-High Views: Hot Air Balloon Rides

For a breathtaking experience you won’t forget, consider taking a hot air balloon ride with Sonoma Ballooning. Flights typically begin at sunrise, offering stunning views of the vineyards, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Some tours even conclude with a landing at a local winery, providing a seamless transition from aerial adventure to wine tasting.

Secret Season: Best Time to Visit

Michelle shared a local secret: the serene, gorgeous “secret season,” from November to March. While many travelers overlook these months, considering them too cold, the mild Sierra climate makes it an ideal time to explore without the hustle and bustle of summer tourists. Accentuated by beautiful flower blooms and excellent opportunities for one-on-one interactions, this is truly a special time to experience Sonoma County.

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