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Journey into West Sonoma County and Beyond

Welcome to West Sonoma County! The Bohemian Highway, winding through towering redwoods and scenic pastures, connects timeless townships like Freestone and Occidental, CA. This 10-mile stretch defies neat categorization, serving as the pulse of West County and a gateway to the region’s rich history and natural beauty. Join us as we uncover the heart of West Sonoma County along this iconic route.

Freestone: Fermentation Destination

Begin your adventure in Freestone, where bread, wine, cheese and the Cedar Enzyme Bath are created by the magic of fermentation.

Osmosis Day Spa: The Gateway to Freestone and West Sonoma County

Nestled in one of the most scenic parts of Sonoma County, Osmosis is renowned for our therapeutic Cedar Enzyme Bath, rejuvenating massages, organic facials, and serene Zen-inspired meditation gardens. Our seasoned team provides a holistic experience focused on nurturing and nourishing services. Our sanctuary is designed to offer more than relaxation—it’s a place of true healing and vitality. Experience communion with nature, meditation, and sound healing as part of our commitment to fostering tranquility and overall well-being. You will find a highly curated selection of exceptional gifts and the finest organic personal care products.

Blue Goat: Celebrating Local Artisans

Blue Goat embraces a community-centered ethos by collaborating with local cheeseries, artists, and wineries. Beyond offering the freshest cheeses, their historic Freestone location showcases a curated selection of locally-made art pieces that embody the region’s vibrant spirit.

Black Kite Cellars: Crafting Fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Black Kite Cellars is a cherished family-owned winery in Freestone, specializing in exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crafted with a passion for Burgundian varietals. Inspired by the legacy of renowned family wineries, Black Kite Cellars is committed to producing outstanding wines that stand the test of time. Reserve a speciality tasting by appointment and prepare for a curated experience.   

WildFlour Bread: Organic Baked Delights

Since its inception in 1998, WildFlour Bread has been a beacon of artisanal baking in the serene landscape of Freestone Valley. Their brick oven-baked sourdough breads, accompanied by scones and coffee drinks, have garnered a loyal following, drawing visitors from far and wide. Nestled amidst just 26 houses, the bakery offers not only delectable treats but also a tranquil view of fields, barns, and the occasional grazing herd of cows.

Occidental: Culinary Delights & Quirky Finds

Next stop, Occidental—a town brimming with culinary delights and unique shops.

Howard Station Cafe: Nourishing the Community

Howard Station Cafe, rooted in the history of Occidental and the adventurous spirit of “Dutch Bill” Howard, embraces a mission to serve healthy, organic ingredients and provide comfort through delicious food. Howard’s commitment to using organic ingredients extends to all aspects of the menu, with a focus on supporting local businesses and creating a strong community support system.

Altamont General Store: Embracing Farm-to-Table Roots

Altamont General Store embodies a rich history shaped by the North Pacific Railroad, logging, and Italian settlers. Owners and visionaries Jenay and Andzia Hofftin bring their passion for gathering, celebrating, and farm-to-table dining to life. Their journey began on the Altamont Family Farm, just 4 miles west of Occidental, where fertile land and diverse forests yield organic produce to nourish the community. From hosting world-class yogis at a communal table to cultivating organic bounty, Altamont General Store embodies a commitment to wholesome, locally sourced ingredients and creating a welcoming space for all.

Hazel: A Culinary Haven in Occidental

Jim and Michele Wimborough, seasoned chefs from renowned Bay Area kitchens, realized their dream of opening a restaurant in the small town of Occidental, where they now call home with their son, Graham. Committed to using local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, Hazel’s menu showcases rustic, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine crafted in wood-fired ovens. Michele’s pastry expertise shines through a delightful array of sweets, from fresh fruit shortcakes to creamy pot de crème and an assortment of cookies and cakes. Named after Jim’s great-grandmother, Hazel embodies a legacy of passionate cooking and generous hospitality, welcoming guests with warmth and culinary delights.

The Inn at Occidental: Your Sonoma Wine Country Escape

The Inn at Occidental offers more than just a getaway—it’s an invitation to experience true relaxation and rejuvenation. Owners Matt and Vicky Meblin extend warm hospitality and delicious breakfasts to create a peaceful stay. Enhance your visit with the exclusive Inn & Spa Package, featuring outstanding spa services at Osmosis Day Spa paired with luxury lodging and fine dining. Unwind from local activities with a glass of Sonoma County wine and savor the essence of wine country at this charming retreat. Call 707-874-1047 to reserve your superb  relaxation experience at The Inn at Occidental.

Occidental Community Farmer’s Market: Supporting Local Producers

At the Thursday evening Occidental Community Farmers’ Market this redwood ringed town center comes alive with a warm community convening, music and celebration. Shoppinglocal means directly supporting farmers, makers, chefs, and artists who share their gifts with the community. This collaborative platform fosters food security, a regenerative economy, and mutual recognition between producers and consumers. This exceptionally charming market is just too much fun to miss if you are anywhere near Occidental on a Thursday night.. Thursday’s 4 to 8 mid May to October.

Sonoma Canopy Tours: Soaring Among the Redwoods

In addition to their popular zip-line tours, experience the magic of the redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours’ unique overnight treehouse stay and eco tour. Traverse fourteen zip-lines, spanning over a mile, and navigate two spiral staircases and eight sky bridges, all while being immersed in the breathtaking forest views. Led by knowledgeable guides from Alliance Redwoods, this adventure also includes a guided hike, gourmet dinner, and breakfast, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime amidst the ancient redwood ecosystem.

Bohemian Market: Your Destination for Natural Picnic Supplies

Bohemian Market offers a delightful selection of natural and organic groceries, exceptional produce, and deli items, making it the perfect stop for grabbing picnic supplies. Whether you’re seeking artisanal cheeses, fresh produce, or prepared deli items, Bohemian Market provides everything you need for a memorable outdoor meal surrounded by Sonoma County’s beauty.

Guerneville: Riverside Retreats & Gastronomy

Continue your exploration to Guerneville, a riverside town with boutique inns and rustic charm.

Mine + Farm Inn: Rustic Charm and Historic Heritage

Nestled in the Russian River Valley for over a century, Mine + Farm Inn (formerly Ridenhour Ranch) offers a historic retreat with modern comforts. Ingredients for breakfast are sourced locally or grown on-site, ensuring fresh and delicious morning meals. The inn provides a welcoming atmosphere, complete with fire pits, a hot tub, and outdoor games, inviting guests to relax and recharge amidst 2.5 acres of historic land.

Boon Eat + Drink: Farm-to-Table Delights

Nestled in the heart of Guerneville, Boon Eat + Drink is a bustling farm-to-table California bistro founded by visionary Crista Luedtke. This charming eatery focuses on simple, tasty dishes that highlight the best of Sonoma County’s bounty, using seasonal and sustainable locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a culinary experience that emphasizes quality and freshness, complemented by a selection of Russian River wines and microbrews from Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Jenner: Coastal Tranquility

Conclude your journey in Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

River’s End: Coastal Comfort and Culinary Joy

River’s End has an astounding view overlooking the mouth of the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean, it embodies the essence of hospitality, celebrating the joy of creating memorable experiences for guests. The restaurant’s founders were inspired by the joy of gathering friends and family for delightful meals, instilling a deep appreciation for genuine hospitality. Acquiring River’s End fulfilled a long-held dream, allowing them to share their passion for food and hospitality along the Sonoma Coast. Guests can expect seasonal menus, locally sourced ingredients, and a commitment to sustainability that reflects the restaurant’s dedication to creating joy through exceptional dining experiences. They also have a few prized cliffside cabins for an unforgettable overnight stay. 

Cafe Aquatica: Coastal Fare & Live Music

At Cafe Aquatica’s sublime sea-side bungalow, savor freshly baked pastries and coastal cuisine with seasonal flair, paired with true trade single-origin coffee. Plus, don’t miss live music every weekend on their waterfront stage.  A great place to sit outside and enjoy the total magic of the Russian River where it meets the Pacific Ocean.