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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Off the beaten path in Sonama County

Okay, compared to most of Napa Valley ALL of Sonoma is pretty much off the beaten path!  Here are a few places in Sonoma County that may be hard to find, but worth it.

Watch for this sign!

Restaurant
Chloe's (open Mon-Fri for breakfast & lunch) - A French-style cafe in a weird location. Save room for dessert.

Farm store
Kozlowski Farms. You don't see family stores like this anymore. Pies, jams, cider, oh my.

Winery
Iron Horse is known for sparkling wine. It's down a narrow road that can be flooded out sometimes in the winter. Top-notch wines and a nice view. Tasting "room" is outdoors.

Town
Occidental isn't near much of anything though it's trying for a bit of the wine country chic with spas, B&Bs and fancy eats. They've got that along with the Union Hotel and Negri's--a couple of Italian restaurants that have been there forever. Small, quiet, redwoods, a short drive to the ocean.

The Old West
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery is where the original pioneer settlers were laid to rest. Volunteers occasionally offer daytime and nighttime guided tours while you hear tales of life in early California.

In Occidental