Exploring Sonoma

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Exploring Sonoma

Visiting our home goes far beyond finding incredible wines. Western Sonoma County is home to towering Redwood forests that take your breath away. Farther west, Highway 1 puts you on the rugged North Coast and the Pacific Ocean. Artisans and farmers of all things reside here. We have resorts, spas and a food scene to die for.

We’re partial, of course, to The Barlow in Sebastopol, where the MacPhail Tasting [email protected] Barlow fits right in with this growing community of chefs, vintners and artisans who work side by side. Check out The Barlow here.

To discover more about Sonoma stop by our Visit Sonoma partners. Theyhave the latest scoops for planning a great visit.

But we do have our staff favorites.  Here are just a few.

Places To Stay:

Amy’s Local BNB


Nestled among huge fir trees in a quiet neighborhood a short walk from downtown Sebastopol. With a full kitchen, you can enjoy the comforts of a meal cooked “at home” from the local farmer’s market, or walk to superb local eateries..

Tranquil Wine-Country Retreat


Located on a secluded Sonoma County wine country estate. The spacious, 460-square-foot suite is on the ground floor of a home at the end of a private lane. Enjoy the stars at night and bright, sunny days in this quiet rural setting with views of vineyards out your window.

Places To Taste:

The Hess Collection Winery

P: 707.255.1144 | Email : [email protected]

If you’re planning a day of tasting in Napa our sister winery, The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder, is a must-visit! Hess features tasting options that include wine and food pairings and tours. Members of our Red Wagon Wine Society receive complimentary basic tastings! While you’re there you can also explore The Hess Art Collection, featuring one of America’s most notable private contemporary art collections. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Martin Ray Winery

P: 707.823.2404 | Email : [email protected]

The name Martin Ray resonates deeply with those well-versed in the history of California wine. Since 2003, Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery has made its home in the heart of the Russian River Valley at one of the oldest continually working wineries in California. The winery and vineyard are located just beyond the eastern border of the Russian River’s coolest, foggiest sub-AVA, the Green Valley. Open Daily 10am to 5pm.

Where To Eat:

K&L Bistro

P: 707.823.6614

This has long been one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Sebastopol, located just a few blocks from our Tasting Lounge. Karen & Lucas, the owners, never fail to deliver a top-notch bistro style menu. They also have our favorite happy hour in town, from 3 to 6pm every day.


P: 707.523.4814 | Email : [email protected]

Also located in The Barlow with us, Zazu is a pork-centric “snout to tail” restaurant operated by well-known, hands-on chef partners Duskie Estes and John Stewart. It really doesn’t get much more farm to table than Zazu; John and Duskie oversee their own farm, picking just what’s in season for their menu, and also raise and cure their own meats.

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Fun Things To Do:

Armstrong Woods

P: 707.869.2015

We recommend a peaceful afternoon walk through the redwoods of Armstrong Woods in Guerneville, which includes remnants of the redwood forests that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century.

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