Bathed in tranquility and beauty, Cazadero, California surrounds you with the majesty of towering redwood trees, rambling rivers, and an award-winning wine country. The perfect spot for families, retreats, or groups of any size to get away from the concrete jungle, Cazadero offers a bevy of outdoor activities to delve into, as well as the chance to mingle with wine makers as you stroll through the vineyards.
Whether you plan on kayaking down Austin Creek and into Russian River, or sipping your way through the western part of the Sonoma Coast wine region, you'll find a quaint town waiting to welcome you with relaxation and fun.
Nestled among the ancient redwood trees, and about 10 miles from the picturesque Sonoma Coast, Cazadero is where relaxation and outdoor adventure come together to weave a wonderful tapestry of possibility. Set in the western side of the Sonoma Coast AVA and surrounded by creeks, state parks, and wineries, the landscape is a beautiful blend of lush forest and Mediterranean countryside.
Just 30 miles northwest of Santa Rosa and 88 miles north of San Francisco, the opportunities for day trips to explore the rich history, culture, and decadent culinary offerings of the area are endless!
Wake up and treat yourself to an indulgent breakfast of fresh local ingredients and innovative flavors at the Cape Fear Cafe. Spend a day biking through the winding paths and trails that run under the boughs of the sky-high trees. Boasting some of the best biking in California, these two-wheeled adventures will take you by the picture-perfect rows of budding grapes and meandering creeks.
Come experience one of the world's most renowned wine countries with a day of swirling, sipping, and enjoying! Start your tasting off with a flight of delicious wines at Sophie's Cellars. Showcasing some of the area's most delectable wines, you can start your flight with a clean, crisp Rochioli Chardonnay and finish with a dense glass of Pinot Noir from Flowers.
Plan a day to explore the wonders of nature when you reserve your spot on a canoe trip at Burke's Canoe Trips. Paddle through the gentle waters of Austin Creek as you make your way through the fairytale forest. Pull over for a few to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters before dive into your riverside picnic.
Pick up some fresh local produce at the Cazadero General Store and head back to your vacation home to put your culinary inspiration to work with a mouth-watering meal in the privacy of your getaway. Share a bottle from the day's tasting as you create your life-long memories.
Pick up some small bites and drinks at the Cazadero General Store, then bask in a day of sandcastles and tidal pools on the Sonoma Coast shores. Just over ten miles from the heart of Cazadero, you'll be able to wander through the cozy town of Jenner, or pick a spot on the beach to call your own and watch the waves roll in. Or, drive a little further to the seaside community of Sea Ranch for a beautiful escape!
Walk the hills, ride the trolly, and don't forget to treat yourself to a sourdough bread bowl of local chowder in San Francisco. The 88-mile drive will fly by as you plan where to start first. Stroll along Fisherman's Wharf as the aromas of salty sea air, fresh seafood, and the soul-satisfying chocolates of Ghiradelli swirl around you.
As you drink in the local wine scene, paddle through the meandering creeks, or explore the artisanal shops and artists, Cazadero provides the perfect spot to take them all in. Leave the big cities behind and let yourself revel in a slower pace filled with adventure and relaxation.
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