Trixie never fails to greet visitors with a smile at The Sebastiani Theatre (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

Readers of a leading travel magazine say that Sonoma is one of the friendliest cities in America.

In Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers Choice Survey, Sonoma placed ninth in the top 10 list of amiable cities.

It’s a nice nod for Sonoma, which was snubbed recently by Travel and Leisure, which included Healdsburg but not Sonoma in its more subjective list of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.”

Will Rohnert Park may take issue? After all, it has long claimed the moniker of  “The Friendly City” with a landmark highway sign to remind motorists.

Southern towns, long known for their hospitality, dominated the “Friendliest” list.

Other cities more likely to greet you with a smile rather than a scowl, according to Conde Nast readers, are Branson, Mo., Telluride Co., Natchez and Jackson Miss., Austin, Tex., Asheville, N.C., Savannah, Ga., and Gallena, Ill.

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  1. DaveH

    It’s a bit of stretch to even consider Rohnert Park on the list considering it has no downtown. Rohnert Park has struggled with the lack of a city center/people place for years. Simply buying a coffee and strolling along store fronts smiling at one another or an evening of bar hopping is not in the cards. If your afternoon of socializing includes conversations at big box and chain stores I guess you could call that friendly.

    August 1st, 2013 4:14 pm

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