Osmosis is located in the historic town of Freestone at the beginning of the Bohemian Highway. Nestled between River and Coast, redwoods and vineyards, Freestone is close to everything wonderful in Western Sonoma County—and only 60 miles from San Francisco! Plan your visit with our lodging, restaurant and activity guides. Learn more about our fascinating area—one of the most beautiful destinations in Northern California. And SO easy to reach by car or commercial flight directly into Santa Rosa (STS).
A History of Connections
Freestone is Sonoma County’s first historic district and is emerging as a must-visit destination for anyone in search of the secret treasures of Northern California. Situated in an exquisitely scenic valley with pastoral vistas and rolling hills, Miwok tribes made their home in this area of the Sonoma Coast for centuries. In the early 1800s, Russian immigrants grew wheat in the valley to support their northern settlements prior to the issuance of Spanish land grants. This Sonoma coastal town was the staging ground for the 19th century narrow gauge railway that brought timber to rebuild San Francisco after the Great Earthquake, and was ground zero of the Back-to-the-Land movement in the 1960s.
Today, Freestone remains a small community of about 30 households, but welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Bread, wine, cheese, and our healing Japanese body therapy are all powered by the same natural force making Freestone, the California fermentation destination. Celebrating the renewed artisan food culture in one of wine country’s most distinct small towns. Humble but formidable, this Sonoma Coast paradise exemplifies the region’s commitment to craft and culture.
Wild Flour Bakery, almost across the street from us in Freestone, is one of the best bakeries in Northern California. People travel from all over the Bay Area to sample Jed Wallach’s inventive variety of breads, all produced in the wood-fired brick oven Fridays through Mondays—and sold nowhere else!
Joseph Phelps Vineyards elegant tasting room is at the corner of Bodega and Bohemian Highways, just down the street from Osmosis.Their biodynamic vineyards produces excellent pinot noir and chardonnay using natural farming practices and natural remedies such as simple, non-toxic biological sprays. Open Fri—Mon. French style tasting allows you to sit at a table and enjoy your wine in a leasurley manner.
Freestone Artisan Cheese sells hand crafted artisan cheeses, hot roasted California nuts, olive oils grown and pressed locally, as well as crêpes and tea. This is the heart of California Artisan Cheese making and where New World olive oil is taking off.
|Enduring Comforts||Unique gifts, antiques, and accessories||(707) 874-1111|
|Freestone Artisan Cheese||Local cheese shop; goat, sheep, cow, water buffalo||(707) 874-1030|
|Freestone Country Store||Grocery store, local products, wine||(707) 874-1417|
|Joseph Phelps Vineyards||Winery, wine tastings, vineyard||(707) 874-1010|
|Wild Flour Bread||Bakery, wood fired brick oven,||(707) 874-2938|