Yesterday was my first break in a while, so I thought I’d have a day and head to Sonoma to explore (I needed some nice weather too!). I’ve been “vacationing” at my boyfriend’s house in Vallejo, and Sonoma is a stone’s throw away (I’m just discovering the convenience of living next to wine country, albeit part time).
On my way to Sonoma Plaza, an adorably retro scooter shop caught my eye, so I flipped my car around and found myself at Sorento Imports. A surplus of awesome vintage Vespas and classic motorcycles surrounded the place, and walking into the garage was like stepping back in time to a 50s auto shop.
The shop sells and repairs old scooters, but also rents them so tourists can travel through wine country easily and in style (ah, if only). I loved the aesthetic of Sorento Imports–the old building that houses it, the teal wood and white brick, the retro signage and overall vibe, and of course the merchandise.
Another fun feature of the shop is Cafe Scooteria: a three wheeled Piaggio turned cafe with many of the amenities and menu items of a real coffee shop. The baristas (and staff in general) were super friendly, so I left with a sweet and spicy chai to take with me on my journey.
I’ve wanted a scooter for a while but know how pricey new Vespas can be (call me basic, but I really just want a Vespa!). I didn’t check the prices of these beauties, but I hope one ends up in the back of my jeep on its way back to the city with me after my next visit!