7 Things To Do in Artsy, Upbeat Sebastopol

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The small semi-urban community of Sebastopol is located just eight miles west of Santa Rosa, where it once served as the hub for surrounding West County plum and apple farms. Most of its agricultural lands have shifted from orchards to vineyards with the advent on the burgeoning local wine industry, and today, Sebastopol offers up some time-tested traditions, as well as a few new attractions. These are our top picks of things to do on a getaway here.

Fantastic Folk Art Find

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Florence Avenue
Florence Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 78 reviews

Up and down Florence Avenue, trash is given a second life through urban “junk art.” Jointly conceiving their creations from “landfill to landmark,” Patrick Amiot sculpts and Brigitte Laurent paints with bold, eye-catching results that line this thoroughfare. Insider tip: While presented on the private properties of Florence Avenue residents, don’t be afraid to step closer to view the artwork.

Premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

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Lynmar Estate Winery
3909 Frei Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-3374
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 72 reviews

Located in the picturesque rolling hills of the Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate Winery offers 20 handcrafted Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Its hospitality center features an indoor tasting bar and adjacent outdoor courtyard, surrounded by native and heirloom gardens with a wide variety of flowers and vegetables. Insider tip: The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Bliss House is an accommodation located right on the grounds, and features 360-degree views of the vineyards in a well-appointed but rustic country setting.

Fresh Beer and Live Music on Tap

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HopMonk Tavern
230 Petaluma Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-7300
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 97 reviews

Come for the music, but stay for the beer. This casual pub setting features draft and bottled options from a wide variety of micro-breweries, along with its own house beer. The large, covered beer garden and fire pit make HopMonk a big draw for a carefree crowd (it’s even dog-friendly on the patio). Music fans will also delight in the local acts offered up every weekend in the tavern’s “Abbey” theater. Insider tip: The fries at this tavern have gained a cult status, so grab an order to split.

Plant-Lovers’ Paradise

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Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm
7781 Bodega Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-6711
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 12 reviews

Although this is just a small portion of Luther Burbank’s original farm, the remaining 3 acres serve to showcase many of his significant horticultural accomplishments. By cross-breeding and selective hybridization, Burbank developed more than 800 strains of plants, many of which have been incorporated into agricultural crops ever since. The current experimental farm still exists as an “outdoor laboratory” where visitors can see hybrids that exist nowhere else on the planet. Free trail maps are available for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to dusk daily, and plant sales are held each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Insider tip: Docent tours can be made by appointment for $5 per person, 5 person minimum.

Hike on a Former Railroad

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Joe Rodota Trail at Sonoma County Parks
Joe Rodata Way
Windsor, CA 95492
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 25 reviews

Open from sunrise to sunset, this 8 ½ mile, mostly paved trail runs along Highway 12 from Sebastopol to Santa Rosa. Meandering along the historic railroad tracks, the trail crosses three bridges on top the old train tracks. The trail is especially popular in the spring with a burst of color from wildflowers, and is an excellent place for year-round bird watching. Insider tip: Dogs are permitted, as long as they’re on leashes.

Produce and People-Watching

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Sebastopol Farmers Market
Downtown Plaza at McKinley St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 5 reviews

You’ll find a fresh selection of local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, baked goods, and sweets every Sunday from 10 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. at Sebastopol’s Downtown Farmer’s Market. There are also vendors offering textiles, jewelry, pottery, and other handmade arts and crafts. You can even enjoy a customized organic meal at the food court while being entertained by local dancers and musicians. Insider tip: Try international foods you’ve never had before like Tunisian style hummus and Peruvian caramels.

Historic Warehouse Turned High-End Hub

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The Barlow
6771 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 824-5600
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 18 reviews

The Barlow is where some of Sonoma County’s best chefs, vintners, and artisans gather. What was once an industrial apple cannery is now home to some of Sebastopol’s more upscale restaurants, boutiques, salons, and galleries. Coffee shops, multi-ethnic eateries, home goods, and of course, winery outlets call The Barlow home, so if shopping is on the agenda, there’s hardly a better way in town to spend a day. Insider tip: Check out SubZero ice cream, where you can mix and match your own flavors, bringing your cone to the next level.

Sebastopol combines small-town charm with the culture and sophistication of a bigger city. Surrounded by the hills and valleys of Western Sonoma County’s vineyards, it’s also the gateway from Santa Rosa to the Russian River Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. With all there is to do, don’t miss your chance for a sensational stay in Sebastopol.