Bodega Bay, CA
Protected by a bay from the wild whims of the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Sonoma Coast that harbors sights, sounds, and activities.
Cazadero , CA
Perched in a valley in the hills above the Russian River watershed, nestled along the flowing waters of Austin Creek and shaded by towering redwoods, the tiny community of Cazadero offers both small-town and outdoor delights in Sonoma County.
It's a perfect base for exploring Sonoma County’s famous wineries and stunning natural beauty.
Located in the center of Sonoma County on the Highway 101 corridor, Cotati is a modern community with strong historic roots, particularly in agriculture and music.
Duncans Mills, CA
Located four miles inland from the Sonoma Coast, the tiny hamlet of Duncans Mills (pop. 175) occupies a wide, flat area near the meandering Russian River. Often, blue skies smile on Duncans Mills while fog covers the surrounding hills.
If you follow the two-lane Highway 116 as it winds its way through central Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, the ribbon of roadway becomes known as Front Street for the three blocks where it bisects “downtown” Forestville.
Fort Ross, CA
Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast is steeped in California history with stories of Russian fur trappers inhabiting the area from 1812-41. The Fort Ross State Historical Park, established in 1906, preserves the Russian settlement with buildings, both original and restored, show vestiges of Russian and Native Alaskan influence in the area.
Freestone is home to a number of classic western style buildings and it is Sonoma County’s first historic district. At the southern end of the scenic 10-mile drive known as the Bohemian Highway sits tiny Freestone (pop. 32), nestled in an exquisitely picturesque valley and surrounded by pastoral vistas and rolling hills.
Retaining the ambiance of a bygone era, the tiny town of Geyserville (pop. 862) charms its visitors with Wild West storefronts, wooden boardwalks, world-renowned Sonoma County wines, scrumptious cuisines and much more.
Tucked quietly away off major roads in western Sonoma County, Graton (pop. 1,707) is a laid-back home to artists, artisans, writers, retirees, working-class families, and some of the best restaurants in the county.
Charmingly rustic, the town of Gureneville (pop. 4,534) mixes towering redwoods, cool river waters, laid-back attitudes, and Sonoma Wine Country delights in a pleasing blend that makes it a popular destination, as well as a established gay vacation resort. Guerneville has always been a vacation getaway for San Franciscans — by train in the 1870s to the 1930s, and by car through the 1950s.
Nestled along the Russian River in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, Healdsburg combines small-town charm, stunning vistas, and award-winning vintages with an eclectic mix centered around a charming town plaza lined with shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, galleries, and bars.
Monte Rio, CA
Tucked away in western Sonoma County, the tiny community of Occidental (pop. 1,115) packs a lot into its two-block long main street, home to galleries, gift shops, renowned dining establishments, and more. High-quality arts and cultural events are found at the Occidental Center for the Arts.
Santa Rosa, CA
Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a good base for exploring all that California Wine Country has to offer. Its thriving downtown boasts three distinct shopping districts, five historic residential neighborhoods, arts and culture, events, great restaurants, famous chefs, wine tasting rooms, brew pubs, and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.
The town of Windsor (pop. 26,801) brings a deliberately designed family-friendly emphasis to the heart of the Sonoma County wine and food country. Windsor's Town Green, designed as a pedestrian-friendly center of town, hosts more than 30 free annual events, including summer movie nights, concerts, a farmers market and special events such as car shows, art fairs, cooking demonstrations, and a variety of festivals.