Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn left onto Bohemian Highway. Travel 1/4 miles to where the Bohemian Hwy meets Hwy 12 (aka Bodega Hwy). At the stop sign, turn left and follow this winding, scenic road for 6 miles, passing apple orchards and beautiful vistas until you reach downtown Sebastopol. Start your tour of this small but hip community at The Barlow, a campus of food producers, wine makers, brewers, distillers, restaurants, retail shops and artists. The modern industrial architecture reflects the intention to connect customers with fine food, coffee, wine, and crafts as well as the processes for creating those goods. Start at Taylor Maid Farms in the heart of The Barlow on McKinley Street. Here you can sip an organic latte in a hip, expansive cafe with windows revealing their roasting factory in the same building. Stroll through some of the local shops and art galleries then visit zazu kitchen + farm for lunch. Chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart have been leaders in the the farm-to-table movement (Duskie was also a contestant on two seasons of “The Next Iron Chef”). They grow their own produce, Milo Mitchel is their master-farmer, and also operate a retail arm called Black Pig Meat C. which sells salumi, bacon, and other goods.
Sebastopol hosts a number of finely curated antique stores which are worth the trip alone. One of our favorites is Retrospect, a small boutique of mid-century modern furniture and home goods. Antique Society is a larger-scale trove of treasures ranging in style from Victorian to Mission, country relic to California Mod.
After shopping, enjoy a glass of wine at the Hook & Ladder tasting room on the corner of Main Street and Bodega Avenue or relax in the beer garden at the HopMonk Tavern and sample the local brews. You can either stay for a pub-fare dinner and live music or head down the street to K & L Bistro for a Michelin starred feast.
Olivet Road Wine Trail
Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn right onto Bohemian Highway. Enter the town of Occidental, just past the Occidental Community Center, turn right onto Graton Road, a charming country road that drops you in the town of Graton. Cross HWY 116 to stay on Frei Road. Stop by Lynmar Estate Winery (pictured right) on Frei Road for a sampling of fine wine among beautiful California gardens.
Continue on Frei Road to Guerneville Road. Turn right onto Guerneville Road and travel just over a mile until you see Olivet Road on your left. Once on Olivet Road take in the wide variety of wineries in close proximity to one another. Several of these wineries have been producing award-winning wines since the 1800’s! Every Spring there is an event celebrating this small terroir called The Taste of Olivet.
Enjoy your own Taste of Olivet! Some of our favorite Olivet Road wineries are:
De Loach Vineyards, and Inman Family Wines who both produce amazing Biodynamic Pinot Noirs, Battaglini Estate Winery which is known for its award-winning hearty Zins, Hook & Ladder Winery owned by famed winemaker Cecil De Loach (a former firefighter, hence the name) and Harvest Moon where you must try their selection of Gewurztraminers.
If time permits, there are a host of other stellar wineries just around the corner: Sunce, Benovia, Pellegrini Family Wines, Inspiration, Tara Bella, and Gamba Vineyards.
Following your wine tasting, head into Sebastopol to dine at Peter Lowell’s, an organic eatery with a fresh menu that combines Italian influences with California sensibilities. The restaurant upholds strong values of sustainability, only using ingredients from organic sources and promoting biodynamic farming practices, encouraging a deeper, spiritual connection to the earth. The food has been praised by The New York Times and Michelin.
Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, head towards Occidental on Bohemian Hwy. Once you reach this precious town nestled next to a mountain of redwoods, stop in at Howard Station Cafe for a healthy, satisfying meal. Walk the charming two blocks that comprise the town and stop in at local shops such as West County Herb Company, Sonoma Fine Wines, and Vintage By Design. Pick up some healthy snacks at the quaint local grocer, Bohemian Market.
Head west on Coleman Valley Road, take the second right turn to stay on Coleman Valley Road, possibly the most breathtaking drive in all of California. This ten mile scenic corridor winds its way through groves of Redwoods and Eucalyptus and then climbs up to open pastures where you can look out across hundreds of miles of California terrain on your left and hundreds of miles of the Pacific on your right. The road eventually descends onto California State Route 1 just South of Jenner. Famed for its beautiful vistas, Coleman Valley Road has been featured in several major motion pictures and is often the stage for bicycle tours and races.
Pull into one of the parking areas on your right to take in the California coast from atop the rocky cliffside. Take one of the many paths down to the beach and get your feet in the sand and watch the surfers ride atop the powerful Pacific ocean. If beachside wine tasting suites your fancy, travel South on Hwy 1 to Bodega Bay and stop in at Gourmet au Bay. Linger on the deck and soak in the view while you sample some local cheeses and taste some of Sonoma County’s finest vintages.
Other notable activities in the area include Sonoma Canopy Tours where you can explore via zipline the unique ecosystem that is the canopy of the California Coastal Redwoods. The Redwood Arts Council hosts world class musicians in the intimate and accoustically phenomenal venue, Occidental Center for the Arts. Between May and October, Occidental hosts a Friday evening farmer’s market complete with local meats, cheeses, produce, crafts, and artists.
You can while away an entire afternoon here between the delicious restaurants and unique shops. Stop in at the Willow Wood Market Cafe where “Good, down-home comfort food is dished up with genuine hospitality” ~(Michelin Guide). Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
If wine tasting is on your menu, there are several great wineries just around the corner. Graton is located in the Green Valley region of the Russian River wine appellation, known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Dutton-Goldfiend and Marimar Estate Winery (photo left) are worth a visit. Graton Ridge Cellars, just down the road, has a nice selection of varietals. Enjoy a glass of wine in the gardens.
Graton houses a vivacious late night scene. Into the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find Underwood Bar & Bistro (pictured right) teaming with people. This hip bistro could have been plucked out of a neighborhood in New York City’s Soho or 1940’s San Francisco. Creative libations are served at the gorgeous bar studded with Sonoma County winemakers, artists, and friendly locals of all ages.
Cork’s Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards (pictured right) offers a scrumptious lunch with beautiful views and nice wine tasting options.
Once in downtown Forestville, you may want to check out the local artist’s exhibit at Quicksilver Mine Company Gallery. From Hwy 116 in downtown Forestville, turn right onto Mirabel Road. Travel along Mirabel until it ends and then turn left onto River Road. Drive along the Russian River, through stands of Redwoods until you cross the Hacienda Bridge. Shortly past the bridge, turn right onto Westside Road.
You’ve reached one of the prettiest wine roads in the county. Stop in at a few of the fantastic wineries you’ll cross as you head into Healdsburg: Gary Farrell (you must try the Pinot), Thomas George Estates (wine tasting in a cave), Arista (pristine Japanese gardens, pictured left), Porter Creek Vineyards (delicious bio-dynamic wines) and lastly Alderbrook (their port is delightful). For a culinary tasting endeavor, stop in at DaVero for fine olive oil and jam tasting.
After your day of spa services, sightseeing, and winetasting, head into downtown Healdsburg for a night of fun. There are several luxurious hotels within walking distance to the plaza, brimming with festivities most evenings. Choose from the Healdsburg Inn, the H2 Hotel (home of the fabulous restaurant, Spoonbar), or the Hotel Healdsburg. Healdsburg hosts a surprising number of art galleries, boutiques and top-notch restaurants. For a Summer night’s feast, check out Barn Diva and ask to be seated on the patio.
If you are staying in town the next day, there are many exciting adventures to be found in and around Healdsburg. One of our favorites is Segway of Healdsburg, a unique way to sightsee! You can also explore Healdsburg via bike tours, walking tours and art gallery tours. Enjoy!
Marin has much to offer in the ways of food, culture, and adventure. We recommend starting your Marin dining at Marti Natural Organic Indian Café. For pastries and coffee we love Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station.
Breathe in the healthy ocean air on the secluded beach at Millerton Beach State Park just under 5 miles from Point Reyes Station on Shoreline Hwy/CA 1.
The Conservation Science and Habitat Protection programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch offer nature exploration and education.
Try kayaking on Tomalas Bay with Blue Waters Kayaking on CA 1 (pictured below). Time your trip to coincide with the summer Bioluminescence Paddle Tours for an incredible journey.
On your return trip enjoy dinner with a view at Nick’s Cove (try the BBQ oysters).