Things to Do2018-10-22T11:01:09+00:00

Things to Do

Please use the information and links on this page to plan your Russian River – Sonoma Wine Country vacation. We have maps and further suggestions waiting for your arrival.

RESTAURANTS

Guerneville:

Betty Spaghetti
707-869-1400

big bottom market
707-604-7295

boon eat + drink
707-869-0780

Chef Patrick’s
707-869-9161

Garden Grille

707-869-3922

Korbel Delicatessen at Korbel Winery
707-824-7313

PINOLI cucina rustica at Applewood Inn
707-604-7609

Seaside Metal
707-604-7250

Monte Rio:

Village Inn Restaurant

707-865-2304

Forestville:

Backyard

707-820-8445

Canneti Roadhouse Italiana
707-887-2232

 Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
707-887-3300

Russian River Vineyards and Restaurant
707-8873344

Santa Rosa:

Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro

707-546-6462

Graton:

Underwood Bar and Bistro
707-823-7023

Willow Wood Market Cafe
707-823-0233

Occidental:

Howard Station Cafe

707-874-2838

Hazel
707-874-6003

Duncans Mills:

Cape Fear Cafe
707-865-9246

Jenner:

River’s End

707-865-2484 ext 111


OUR FAVORITE LOCAL CHEESE SHOPS

Freestone:

Freestone Artisan Cheese

707-874-1030

Duncans Mills:

Sophie’s Cellars

707-865-1122

Santa Rosa:

Joe Matos Cheese Factory
707-584-5283

Sebastopol:

Bohemian Creamery

BAKERIES & SUCH …

Nightingale Breads
Forestville, CA  95436
707-887-8887

Wild Flour Breads – Freestone
707-874-2938

Raymond’s Bakery – Cazadero
707-632-5335

Kozlowski Farms – Forestville
800-473-2767

Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery – Duncans Mills
707-865-1441

CRAFT BEER & CIDER IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER AREA

Beer:

Stumptown Brewery
15045 River Road
Guerneville, CA
707-869-0705

Woodfour Brewing Company
6780 Depot Street (in the Barlow)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-823-3144

Crooked Goat Brewing
120 Morris Street, Suite 120 (in the Barlow)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-835-4256

Old Redwood Brewing Company
9000 Windsor River Road,
Windsor, CA 95492
707-657-7624

Fogbelt Brewing Comapny
1305 Cleveland Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95450
707-978-3400

Bear Republic Brewing Company
345 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-2337

Russian River Brewing Company
725 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-545-2337

Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-8776

Local Ciders:

Ace Cider Pub
2064 Gravenstein Hwy N.
Sebastopol CA 95473
707-829-1101

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
7761 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
707-657-7796

Sonoma Cider
44F Mill Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-723-7018

Horse & Plow
1272 Gravenstein Hwy N
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-827-3486

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY

Winter Wineland
2 days of tasting, tours, education, winemaker talks, sampling
of library wines. www.wineroad.com

FEBRUARY – MARCH

SWEET 116
13 wineries, wine tasting, decadent treats, along 116. The Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

Barrel Tasting

Two full weekends. Taste wine directly from the barrel
and sales of “wine futures.” www.wineroad.com

APRIL

Passport Weekend 
Always the last weekend in April. Wine, food & entertainment
at the wineries of the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. www.wdcv.com

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival
Wine, music and fun – bathtub races, blessing of the fishing
fleet, decorated boat parade, art show, crafts. Westside Park
in Bodega Bay. www.bodegabay.com

Pick of the Vine
Food & wine tasting at the Sonoma County fairgrounds
to benefit the Ombudsman Program. (707) 526-4108

MAY

Luther Burbank Rose Parade Festival
High school bands, Rose floats, clowns, equestrians, street
festival, food booths, Italian street painting in Santa Rosa.
www.roseparadefestival.com

JUNE

Taste of the Valley – Alexander Valley
Always the 1st weekend of June. (707) 431-2894

JULY

Sonoma County Showcase & Wine Auction
Always the 3rd week of July.

Sonoma County Fair
Concerts, horse racing, flower show, food, farm animals, rides,
craft show, marketplace and more. www.sonomacountyfair.com

AUGUST

Grape to Glass
Always the 3rd weekend in August. Vineyard tours, special tastings,
barbeques and seminars but on by the Russian River valley Winegrowers. www.rrvw.org

Wings Over Wine Country Airshow
Airshow, flying aircraft and aerobatics, Antiques, classics,
WW11 fighters, over 50 aircraft on static display at the Sonoma
County airport. www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org

Bodega Bay Seafood, Art & Wine Festival
Seafood specialties, wine & microbrew tastings, art &
crafts, live entertainment, horseback & pony rides. www.winecountryfestivals.com

SEPTEMBER

Russian River
Jazz & Blues Festival

World class Jazz, food & wine tasting on the river at Johnson’s
Beach in Guerneville. www.russianriverfestivals.com

OCTOBER

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Always the 1st weekend in October. Sample the best Sonoma County
wines and food at the Fairgrounds. www.sonomacountyfair.com

Art Trails Open Studio Tour
Approximately 140 juried artists open their studios to the public.
www.artrails.org

NOVEMBER

A Food & Wine Affair
Always the 1st full weekend in November. 2 days of Food &
wine pairing at Russian River, Dry Creek & Alexander Valley
wineries. www.wineroad.com

DECEMBER

Guerneville Parade of Lights
www.russianriver.com

Luther Burbank
Home & Gardens Holiday Open House

Traditional Victorian decorations, popcorn & cranberry stringing,
holiday craft activities, Holiday marketplace.

“A friendly haven. We’re glad we followed a word of mouth recommendation and chose to stay at Fern Grove Cottages. We loved the friendliness of the place. The fact that the cottages are located slightly off main road among big trees gives them an air of quiet haven. Our cottage (#8) came with all the essential amenities you need (including two wine glasses). The breakfast with fresh fruit and home-baked goods was simply delicious. We used the guest bicycles for an excursion to the amazing Armstrong Redwoods.”

– TripAdvisor @ North Carolina

Outdoor Fun in Sonoma County’s Russian River and Redwoods Area – SF Chronicle

Discover the natural wonders of Sonoma County, just an hour north of San Francisco, where travelers have enjoyed outdoor adventures for more than a century — from the first visitors arriving by train in the 1870s, to crowds dancing under the stars to Big Band sounds in the 1940s and 50s, to the LGBTQ community that claimed this area as their playground from the 1970s on.

It’s an outdoor paradise, perfect for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping, horseback riding and even zipping through the treetops. Blend in fine wines, farm-to-fork cuisine, craft beers, artisan spirits, and all that the wine country lifestyle has to offer and Sonoma County’s river and redwoods make a perfect getaway destination, and a great addition to your visit to San Francisco.

On the Russian River

Known locally just as “The River,” this lazy, winding waterway offers something for almost everyone.

Paddle down an isolated, wildlife-abundant section of the upper Russian River, then dine on culinary delights on the Gourmet Brunch Tour from River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips. Learn how to paddle board and then take a two-hour trip on verdant waters near Wohler Bridge with Rubicon Adventures. For do-it-yourself-ers, Russian River Adventures offers self-guided day trips in inflatable kayaks for a half day (four miles) or full day (nine miles) with a shuttle to return you to your car. Or enjoy a 10-mile, self-guided canoe or kayak trip with a return shuttle at Burke’s Canoe Trips and Campground. Check the complete listing for Sonoma County Kayaking & Canoeing.

River beaches beckon to those who want to picnic, swim, fish or just relax. The county operates several riverfront parks, including Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Riverfront Regional Park, Mom’s Beach (aka Forestville River Access), and Steelhead Beach Regional Park, each offering unique settings for accessing the Russian River. Rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, beach umbrellas, beach chairs and more at the privately owned, down-home Johnson’s Beach & Resort, which has welcomed summer visitors for nearly a century. And Monte Rio Community Beach offers canoe and kayak rentals, barbecues, a boat launch and a snack bar. For more details, read Best River Beaches and Fishing Spots.

In the Redwoods

Stroll through towering, ancient trees in the serene and majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Or zip through the redwood canopy at Sonoma Canopy Tours for a green, family-friendly and educational high-flying adventure. The course includes seven zip lines (one is more than 800 feet long), two sky bridges, a magnificent spiral staircase and a rappel back to the forest floor.

Read the entire article.