Northern Sonoma County
The northernmost town along the Highway 101 corridor, Cloverdale lies nestled among rolling hills, open fields and vineyards at the top of Alexander Valley — a well-respected wine growing region in Sonoma County. One of the fastest growing towns in the county, Cloverdale is home to several newer retirement communities, a 70-acre regional park with Russian River frontage and offers easy access to Lake Sonoma.
In April, 1847, that intrepid bear-killer, William Bell Elliott, who had crowded many adventures into nearly half a century of living, received the surprise of his life. Hunting grizzlies in the mountains of Sonoma County between Cloverdale and Calistoga, he came upon a narrow canyon which he thought surely must be the Gate of Hades. Packed between the barren, many-hued banks of the narrow gorge for a distance of a quarter mile were a number of hot springs, fumaroles, and steam vents, all appearing to smoke “like the ruins of a recently burned city.” The Geysers which were not geysers after all, but gave our town its name, had been discovered. Geyserville is temperate year-round, surrounded by wineries, has a small population of 2,100, and elevation of 205. Family-run restaurants and charming bed and breakfast inns provide comfortable and tempting additional reasons for spending a day or a week in the area.
Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County and the county seat, is centered in the Sonoma County Wine Country. Named one of the nation’s Most Livable Communities, Santa Rosa maintains a small-town feel while having a population of over 150,000. Located 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Coast, Santa Rosa serves as the dominant center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for Northern California.Santa Rosa Details »
Windsor, Sonoma County’s newest town is located in the heart of Sonoma County and is the “GATEWAY TO THE WINE COUNTRY”. Located less than one hour from the San Francisco Bay Area and minutes from the Pacific Ocean, Redwood Forest, health resorts, the Russian River and world class wineries, Windsor offers a rural atmosphere with city conveniences. Currently, Windsor is Sonoma County’s fastest-growing town.Windsor Details »
Centered around a traditional Spanish-style plaza, Healdsburg is the economic heart of northern Sonoma County. Beautiful 19th Century architecture surrounds The Square where a vibrant and diverse community of upscale hotels, shops and restaurants attracts the well-educated locals and well-heeled tourists. Healdsburg’s charm and close proximity to the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley’s have made it a top Wine Country destination. Older, quiet neighborhoods surround The Plaza, while newer contemporary homes command beautiful hillsides and rural ranches and vineyard estates occupy the valley floor.Healdsburg Details »
One of California’s oldest cities, Petaluma is best known for its historic preserved downtown which showcases Victorian homes and commercial iron-front buildings. Located in the south of Sonoma County along the Petaluma River, Petaluma’s economy is based upon thriving telecommunications, agriculture and tourism industries. The Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park located just outside of town was General Mariano Vallejo’s 19th Century headquarters for his agricultural empire. Petaluma offers a wide array of housing options including the many restored Victorians, charming bungalows and new custom homes in amenity-oriented subdivisions.Petaluma Details »
Rohnert Park is one of the first planned communities in the United States. The city was designed with families in mind, with the focus being on children. Each Rohnert Park neighborhood was designed around a city park and elementary school, and the tree-lined streets are connected by bikeways and walkways. The city is also home to Sonoma State University, which offers 9 credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Although the original designers focus was children, the needs of seniors were not left out.Rohnert Park Details »
Sebastopol serves as the hub of Western Sonoma County Wine Country. Sebastopol is the gateway to the breathtaking Sonoma Coastline and Russian River Redwood Corridor.Sebastopol Details »