Riverside Wine Country And A Hidden Getaway
Forestville has been a destination for bohemians and writers since the turn of the century. This tiny town in Central Sonoma County continues to draw visitors to its riverside beaches and wine growing region. Located less than 10 minutes south of Forestville, the town of Graton is an off-the-beaten path gem that lures visitors with its small-town charm and down-to-earth sensibility.
Forestville boasts several historic riverside properties that are rented out as vacation homes, ideal for visitors drawn to the local beaches. Inland from the river, Central Forestville draws visitors to the scenic beauty of rolling hills, farms, wineries, and vineyards. Just South of Forestville is the laid-back and quiet community of Graton. The town’s main street, Graton Road, has an antique shop, a tasting room, an art gallery, and a couple of Zagat-rated restaurants that have quite the culinary reputation—Underwood Bar & Bistro and Willow Wood Market Cafe.
For the adventurers, Rubicon Adventures located in Forestville leads local wilderness trips such as whitewater rafting and stand up paddleboarding. For wine lovers, Russian River Vineyards, an estate with a restaurant, farm, and tasting lounge, is a destination for sustainable wines and fresh from the garden farm-to-table cuisine set in a rustic 1890’s farmhouse.
In Graton, stop by the Paul Matthews Vineyards tasting room to enjoy Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made using a low-input winemaking style with mostly natural indigenous yeast. Spend the evening dining on seasonal wine country cuisine at Underwood Bar & Bistro. The bistro has an incredible list of local wines, tantalizing small plates, and sumptuous entrees.
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