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[By Nikhil Bhatnagar | 29 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
A Ferrari F430 Competes in the 2007 Ferrari Challenge at Infineon Raceway. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

This weekend, pure-bred Italian sports cars will take to the track in the Sonoma hills.

Every year Infineon Raceway hosts a segment of the Ferrari Challenge, an international motor racing championship comprised of races held in the United States, Italy and other European countries. It is a single-marque championship, meaning that all cars racing in the series are Ferraris.

History, The Bay Area »

[By California Beat | 25 Jan 2009 | 4 Comments]

There is no denying that the city of Sonoma has been a historical city. It fact it can be called the birthplace of the California Republic. While many of the city’s historical buildings and sites can be found at Sonoma State Historic Park, many of the Sonoma Valley’s pioneers have found rest just a few blocks away at historic Mountain Cemetery.

Founded in 1841, Mountain Cemetery is located at 90 First Street West a few blocks away from Sonoma Historic Park. It is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For those planning to visit the cemetery, I suggest that you be physically fit. I had known that the cemetery was located along some hills, but what I didn’t realize is that it is literally located on the side of one.

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[By California Beat | 21 Jan 2009 | No Comments]

Of all the missions in California, one stands out from the rest. Not only is Mission San Francisco Solano the last stop of the Mission Trail, but it was also the final chapter in what is perhaps California’s most recognizable historical subject. Though today it is only a shadow of what it once was, the Mission still stands today as the only one to be built during California’s Mexican era.

Mission San Francisco Solano is located at the corner of 1st and Spain Streets in the heart of Sonoma, Calif. There is plenty of street parking and admission is only two dollars. Be sure to keep your receipt as proof of the fee you paid — it serves as a pass that will allow you to also visit the Sonoma Barracks, Gen. Mariano Vallejo’s home, Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, and the former state capital at Benicia.