Sebastopol, CA is infused daily by cool fog drifting in from the Pacific. That makes for great pinot noirs, but there’s so much more than wine country here. Stay at one of our Sebastopol vacation rentals and find out what you’ve been missing.
As one of the boundaries of the Green Valley, a Sonoma County American Viticultural Area where over 100 wineries take root in the soil, Sebastopol is about 50 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area and 100 miles west of Sacramento. Locals call this area West County, describing its closer proximity to the coast in relation to the more heavily toured Sonoma Valley to the east. Weary workers from nearby metropolitan areas are lured here by the embrace of the sun, the chill of the fog, and the promise of experiencing the terroir through remarkable food and wine.
Being the foggiest region of Sonoma County, Sebastopol once thrived on apple and plum groves. Today grape vines have taken over with pinot noir ruling and chardonnay, gewürztraminer, and zinfandel close behind.
Start your tasting tour at one of the premier Green Valley wineries, Dutton Estate. The family of this winery started with growing apples in the 1920s. DeLoach Vineyards features the area's mainstays as well as zippy zinfandels with a focus on small batches and biodynamic farming. Miramar Estate also utilizes biodynamic organic farming. For a switch from rich pinots and chardonnays, partake in the crisp, sparkling cuvées and bruts at Iron Horse Vineyards.
There are so many great tasting rooms within a 10-mile radius of our Sebastopol vacation rentals, it might be hard to know where to begin! Have a professional escort you through the narrow country roads. Try California Rivers Wine Tours or one of the area's limousine services, which will happily chauffeur your Sonoma wine country wedding party. Go for one that will pick you up at your Sebastopol vacation home if you can.
Before you head out on your winery road trip, fuel up on local fare at the many fantastic Sebastopol restaurants. Start with a fortifying brunch at Hole in the Wall Restaurant, serving California comfort food. Savor an Instagram-worthy meal at French Garden, which serves produce harvested daily.
Sebastopol has a modest population of under 8,000, but it sure isn't a sleepy bedroom community. Nightlife and live music are easily found. Go to Aubergine Vintage Emporium and Cafe - a thrift shop by day and a pumping club by night under the name 755 After Dark. Get dinner and drinks, then get down at Hopmonk Tavern. French Garden also has a music schedule.
Ready for dinner? Peter Lowell's Restaurant offers California-inspired Italian cuisine from local ingredients. To match your dessert wine, pick up sweets at Sonoma Chocolatiers. Then again, you can always swing by the year-round Sebastopol Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and cheeses to fix a fine feast at your Sonoma County vacation rental.
Sebastopol remembers its history by hosting the "sweetest little fair in Sonoma County," the Gravenstein Apple Festival every August and the Apple Blossom Festival each April.
Take a break from wine with the many Northern California breweries in the cute towns dotting US 101. A short seven to eight mile drive east of Sebastopol is Santa Rosa. Go to Russian River Brewing Company for hoppy ales and barrel-aged micros (be sure to get in line early for a table). Further south on 101 is the community of Petaluma where you'll find Lagunitas Brewing Company and the taproom at Petaluma Hills Brewing Company.
For a unique family-friendly Sonoma County attraction, go to Rancho Obi-Wan, known as a mecca for Star Wars fans. In between Santa Rosa and Petaluma is the Graton Resort and Casino where retirees congregate before slot machines - so save up your dollar bills and take a chance at the jackpot.
Need to ease your feet into the sea? Just 15 miles west of our Sebastopol vacation rentals quietly lies Bodega Bay, a charming coastal town where your ocean fix will be fulfilled. Explore tide pools at Doran Beach or play a round of golf on The Links at Bodega Harbour.
Take a scenic drive on California State Route 116 across Green Valley to Guerneville, which sits along the Russian River. Rent a kayak to explore robust sections of the river or hike through Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
Wherever you roam throughout the Northern California Coast, let our Sebastopol vacation rentals be your home away from home!