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One of six spring-fed ponds on the site, our carp pond was originally stocked in the mid-1800s, when the owner raised the fish to feed hungry San Franciscans. Today, it's also home to turtles and the occasional heron. We invite you to get a handful of our fish food and see what a carp feeding frenzy looks like.
California Missions Museum
The Cline property was originally intended as the site of the final California Mission in 1820. Though it was moved to what is now downtown Sonoma, the Clines have constructed a museum that displays meticulously hand-crafted models of all 21 missions. These models were built in 1939 for the World's Fair at Treasure Island. In 1998, the Clines purchased the models and in 2005, opened this museum, which also hosts two stained glass panels originating in 15th Century Spain.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free, but reservations are required for large groups. Visit the California Mission Museum website to learn more.
Pudding & Fancy
One of the most popular attractions for our visitors (other than the wine, of course) are Pudding and Fancy, our two Sicilian miniature burros. They live a happy life in a comfy corral, tour the grounds daily, and live on kindness and carrots from caretaker Diane.
Exotic Bird Display
The Clines have rescued a host of exotic birds and built an environment in which they can thrive. Make sure and pay a visit to these colorful, friendly creatures.
There are over 5,000 roses on the property, lining the driveway and vineyards. You can't help but see them when you visit, but be sure to stop and smell them while you're here.