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Valley of the Moon

17 Apr, 2009

The Valley of the Moon in California

Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon is an exceptional plateau in California. It is mostly known as Sonoma Valley, but owes the name to Jack London who was the first to denote the true meaning of the word Sonoma. It is the focal point of the Californian wine industry and one of the most popular plateaus in the West Coast. It features endless hectares of fertile land where vineyards and lush greenery can be found.

The Sonoma Valley wineries are open to the public and are visited by thousands of tourists every year. In fact, the Valley of the moon features the most well-appointed facilities and amenities for users and visitors. Numerous festivals and exhibitions are held in the area, among which the Famous International Film Festival. The wineries and vineyards are protected by US Federal laws.

The name Valley of the Moon was mentioned first by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo; however it was not adopted at the time. Later, when Jack London stated that the word Sonoma means Valley of the moon in the Native American language, the area is referred to with this phrase as well. According to tribes that used to live in the valley for several years before, the moon appeared, or rose from this place; therefore it was considered to live in the Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma Valley features many interesting attractions, among which the Jack London Historical Park, the Sonoma Creek, the Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, which is an educational facility in the area.

For tourists and visitors, there is a well appointed and fully functional camp site and other accommodation outlets. The camp site is considered to be one of the nicest and more relaxing spots in California, giving the chance to travellers to stay close to the nature and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Valley of the Moon

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