The bustling town of Sebastopol is a great starting point to explore all of western Sonoma County. An attractive, progressive community, population 7,525, Sebastopol is situated at the crossroads of Highway 12 and Highway 116 (which is also known as the Gravenstein Highway for the numerous apple orchards along its length). In springtime, the rich agricultural land surrounding Sebastopol is awash in delicate pink and white blossoms as thousands of acres of apple trees seem to bloom all at once!
The City of Sebastopol has four major parks, in addition to several smaller pocket parks. The major parks are Ives Park, Libby Park, Laguna Youth Park and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands Preserve (which has a brand new entrance on Highway 12; see story page 59). Ragle Ranch Park encompasses 225 acres and is a favorite spot for bicycling, horseback riding and picnicking.
Sebastopol’s annual Apple Blossom Festival will bring the area live music with a full line up of live blues performers on April 12th & 13th. This parade and festival is great fun for the whole family. In August, the Gravenstein Apple Fairbringsmoremerriment,stagedattheoaktreeladenRagleRanchPark.
Sebastopol is famous for its concentration of antique shops and collectives along Highway 116, known as “Antique Row.” Be sure and check out Antique Society (and grab a muffin and coffee).
Farm Trails maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce and show how to find and tour local farms.
Shopping Sebastopol’s Main Street is a treat! With eclectic shops like Silk Moon, Aubergine, Earth Child, Milk & Honey and Funk & Flash, you won’t be bored with the options. At The Uncarved Block, you can browse a collection of gemstones, minerals, meteorites and jewelry from all over the globe (and beyond!). They also have the world’s largest collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia!
The dhyana Center, on Main Street, offers Ayurvedic Yogo classes, a bathhouse and Self-Care Studio, an Herbal Apothecary Cafe & Lounge where you can grab a healthy mocktail. (see story this page).
Just a few blocks from Sebastopol’s downtown, on Highway 116, heading southeast, you will find another cluster of great shops and restaurants. Be sure and stop into Beekind for a taste of local honey. A bit further east on Highway 116, feed the hungry plants at California Carnivores.
On Highway 12 coming into town from east, find Gravenstein Station, which includes Sebastopol Inn, Coffee Katz, Lydia’s Express, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in a genuine railroad car, a real caboose with wine tasting from Claypool Cellars (that’s right Primus fans, it’s Les Claypool’s place!) or pick up some edibles at Peace in Medicine, if you are carrying your cannibus card.
Just across the street from Gravenstein Station, the newly opened and still growing Barlow Center is Sebastopol’s new tourist magnet, boasting wine tasting rooms, a brewery and a brewpub, great restaurants like Zazu, a bakery and a coffee house, Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate Cafe, Spiritworks Distillery, where you can taste gin and whisky and tour the distillery. There are also Wolford Glassblowing and Bronze Plus Art Foundry, where you can see the art being created. At Tibetan Gallery & Studio you can view the first Thanmochi ever painted outside of Tibet by master artist Tashi Dhargyal. Community Market offers natural organic foods, as well as a tasting bar for beer and wine. • thebarlow.net •sebastopol.org
Things To Do in Sebastopol Area:
65. Feed Hungry Plants
66. Rejuvenate Body and Spirit at dhyana Center
67. See the World’s Largest Collection of Grateful Dead Memorabilia
69. Walk through Northern California’s Largest Wetlands
48. Treat Yourself to a Cedar Enzyme Bath