Sonoma County’s northernmost city is Cloverdale, located in the wine rich Alexander Valley. Situated next to the border of Mendocino County and surrounded by the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and the Coast Range to the west, Cloverdale offers an ideal location to stay and relax, away from the fuss of the big city! From this community you are only 87 miles to San Francisco, 31 miles to Santa Rosa, 47 miles to the historic town of Sonoma, and 48 miles to Jenner along the scenic Sonoma coast. You are also within 20 minutes of Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley wineries. Mendocino Village is less than 1.5 hours from Cloverdale.
With a population now over 8,000, the countryside is dotted with oaks, madrones and Douglas fir as the geography begins to make a transition to the steeper, wetter areas in Mendocino County.
Visitors interested in the history of Cloverdale and the region can visit the Cloverdale Historical Society Museum located at 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The museum is housed in the historical Gould-Shaw House, one of the oldest documented dwellings in Cloverdale, and contains Native American and pioneer artifacts, as well as a recreated general store.
The Cloverdale Historical Society promotes the Old Time Fiddle Festival in January where you can listen to fiddle jamming in a tough, but friendly competition, along with handmade crafts, great food, an exhilarating dance and rousing entertainment.
Those who find themselves in Cloverdale in February can attend the annual Cloverdale Citrus Fair, a four-day celebration of the agricultural bounty of the region. The fair, well over a century old, features exhibits, arts and crafts, live entertainment, wine and beer tasting, a parade and the always popular midway.
Each Friday throughout the summer, Cloverdale’s downtown plaza becomes the stage for live music. Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents Friday Night Live at the Plaza, each Friday night through September 4. Performances include Melvin Seals & JGB; JP Harris and the Tough Choices; Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and Charlie Musselwhite. For a complete lineup go to www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org/fridaynightlive/.
Cloverdale boasts a lush natural environment hosting a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities. Cloverdale River Park offers seasonal fishing and river access for kayaks and canoes.
There are family picnic sites with barbecues and it is a great spot for wildlife viewing along the Russian River and seasonal freshwater ponds. To reach the park take the Boonville/Hwy. 128 Exit from Highway 101 and travel east 1/2 mile to 31820 McCray Road.
Furber Park, City Park and Tarman Park are city parks offering a variety of amenities. Cyclists can enjoy miles of quiet country roads that meander through the gently rolling landscape and beauty of the wine country, starting from downtown Cloverdale. Favorite routes include River Road, Dutcher Creek Road, Asti Road and Highway 128.
Just minutes away is Lake Sonoma, offering swimming, boating, camping, fishing and hunting, and The Congressman Don Claussen Fish Hatchery. Connected to the hatchery is the Lake Sonoma Milt Brandt Visitor Center, which is open Thurs-Sun 9am to 4pm. Tours of the hatchery are availabale for free during spawning season from January through April. When full, the lake has a surface area of more than 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline.
Nearby wineries include Francis Ford Coppola’s, Cellar Number 8 in Asti, Silver Oak Cellars, J. Rickards, Pastori Winery, Fritz Winery, Sbragia and Geyser Peak. Other tasting rooms available by appointment include Rezonja, Domenichelli, Icaria Creek and Wattle Creek. You are also a short drive to some fine wineries in Hopland, Yorkville Highlands and Anderson Valley, just north in Mendocino County.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center offers a 99-seat venue with live theater, concerts and more. For more information, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 126 N. Cloverdale Boulevard or call (707) 894-4470. • www.cloverdalechamber.com • www.cloverdale.net
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