WORLD-CLASS WINE TASTINGÂ With over 200 wineries, the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley are remarkable wine areas that will delight both the novice and most experienced wine enthusiast.Â Three of our favorite local wineries are the Freestone Vineyards, Merry Edwards Winery and Lynmar Winery. Organized trips are available through local tour companies, and we are happy to give you recommendations for self guided tours.Â Just down the road from us is Gourmet Au Bay, where you can enjoy a wine flight served on a mini surfboard on their deck overlooking the Bay.
AN ARTISAN AMUSEMENT PARKÂ The Barlow in Sebastopol brings together some of the best local wine makers, food producers and artisans, creating a space that offers a synergy amongst the makers of the regions finest products, as well as a direct connection between the consumer and the makers of local products. The Barlow also features a bocce ball court, restaurants and fire pits, creating an inviting environment to share food and enjoy art, wine and time together.
CHEESE TASTINGÂ Western Sonoma County and northern Marin Country are home to some of the nationâ€™s finest cheese makers.Â One of our favorites is the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station.Â This attractive market features superb handmade cheeses and other natural foods.Â We also recommend a visit to the oldest cheese factory in America, the Marin French Cheese Company in Petaluma, where you can watch Brie and Camembert being made before your eyes.Â Or, simply enjoy our large selection of local cheeses at the Duck Club Restaurant.
FRESH BAKED GOODSÂ The Wild Flour Bread Company is a unique bakery in Freestone that has become a local favorite.Â Using a wood-fired brick oven, they produce about 12 different breads that customers may sample, but we love their scones and sticky buns.Â Â Open Friday through Monday (707-874-2938).
OYSTER FARMINGÂ Experience sustainable aquaculture at Tomales Bay Oyster Company (415-663-1422) and the Hog Island Oyster Company (415-663-9218 ext. 255) in the town of Marshall along the beautiful Tomales Bay.Â Both companies sell oysters to go, or you can enjoy them in their picnic areas.Â We recommend calling in advance to reserve a picnic table.
LOCAL DININGÂ The award-winning Duck Club Restaurant here at the Lodge highlights local and organic Sonoma Coastal cuisine.Â The restaurant is well known to visitors and locals for featuring sustainable, fresh seafood-- often from our local waters.Â Our Drakeâ€™s Fireside Lounge is a great place to enjoy a local wine, cocktail and lighter dinner fare.Â The restaurant also makes excellent box lunches to-go for your special picnic or road trip.
DESTINATION DININGÂ A variety of culinary experiences with a scenic drive includes Nickâ€™s Cove on Tomales Bay (415-663-1033), Rocker Oysterfellers in Valley Ford (707-876-1983), and the Riverâ€™s End Restaurant in Jenner (707-865-2484).