Community Highlight: Occidental

Occidental is a quaint community located on the western edge of Sonoma County, fifteen minutes south of the Russian River. A short drive west through the redwood-lined hills brings you to the beautiful Pacific coast. In the small town, you will find many shops and restaurants as well as an eclectic mix of locals. Occidental was originally a logging town with its own railway, and is now home to ranchers, winemakers, artists and young families. The small town is the heart of the local community, with multiple generations calling it home.

Discover our favorite places to eat and shop as you get to know this gem in Sonoma County:


Howard’s Station is an all around favorite. Situated in the original train station, locals and tourists alike have been enjoying breakfast and lunch at Howard’s for decades. The food is hearty and creative, comforting, and will keep you coming back for more.
Barley and Hops is an eclectic tavern with rotating local beer and wine, elevated pub fare, and live music.
Negri’s has been serving family-style Italian dinners since 1943. The restaurant features delicious homemade favorites — and a full bar including classic and modern cocktails.
The Union Hotel also features family style Italian dining. They offer coffee and fresh pastries in their attached cafe in the morning.
Hazel is one of Occidental’s newest additions. The food here is quintessential California cuisine.
El Mariachi serves up delicious Mexican fare. This tiny cafe has a generous patio where you can soak up the sun while savoring the excellent fare.


Sonoma Fine Wine features the best wines of the area.
Hinterland makes sustainable adventure clothes for everyone.
Hand Goods is a gallery showcasing local artists and makers. Founded in 1970, the selection includes paintings, pottery, textiles, and jewelry.


Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market takes over the town on Friday afternoons from June through October. There is a great selection of organic produce, prepared food, and some local crafters. Not to be missed!

There are plenty of other shops to explore in Occidental, including two grocery stores, a yoga studio, a small town hardware store, and several galleries.

Check out the properties that we have listed near by:

445 Gold Ridge Road

1295 Jonive Road


*Featured image of Occidental taken from Hand Goods.