Sonoma County draws people from all over the world to celebrate the incredible wineries, food culture and outdoor pursuits. Every year, we see up and coming neighborhoods creating their own energy and vibe that sets them apart. Discover our favorite hidden gems in Sonoma County perfect for a day trip or your next real estate investment.
South of A Arts District in Santa Rosa (SOFA)
Situated near Julliard Park, the SOFA neighborhood is a hidden gem. Juilliard Park offers Bocce courts, live music, and a community garden. SOFA is located in the corner between Hwy 12 and 101, and is home to over thirty artists studios. To celebrate this high concentration of artists, there is an annual artwalk that showcases the incredible creativity that SOFA has to offer. And the creativity doesn’t stop there—the restaurants and shops in the neighborhood offer up interesting and delicious fare. Check out The Spinster Sisters, Criminal Baking Company, and Atlas Coffee Company.
Located between Sebastopol and Forestville, the small town of Graton is home to restaurants, tasting rooms, and eclectic shops. The Joe Rodota trail runs through town toward the wetlands of Atascadero creek all of the way to Forestville. With a population of about 1700, the small town community has plenty of charm and delicious dining options. Check out Willowwood Cafe, Underwood Bar & Bistro, and Mexico Lindo. Tasting rooms include Bowman Cellars, Paul Mathew Vineyards, and Red CarWine Company. Be sure to peruse the artists collective Atelier One, the Graton Gallery, and Mr. Ryder & Company. Graton continues to grow, with the development of a community park, and rumours of a brewery and taproom.
Geyserville lies just north of Healdsburg, nestled below the geysers that give the town its name. The downtown of Geyserville spans a mere few blocks, but you will find plenty to explore. Restaurants include Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge, and Catelli’s. For wine tasting, check out Meeker Vineyard Winery, Route 128 Winery, Mercury Geyserville, Ramazzotti Wines, or Locals Tasting Room. Other spots to explore are Isis Oasis, a retreat center and wildlife sanctuary that was opened in 1978, Gin’Gilli’s Vintage Home, and Bosworth and Son General Merchandise.