Sonoma County, California

Area Guide

History

Sonoma County was originally the home of the Pomo, Miwok, and Wappo tribes from about 8000 BC to 5000 BC. This county was settled in by various Europeans but Russia was the first to claim this land. Fort Ross was established under the Russian-American Company in 1812. Russians later abandoned the land in 1841 when they sold it to John Sutter—who was also granted other Californian land from Mexico. Sonoma County was one of the original counties which were established when California became a state in 1850. The city of Sonoma began to deteriorate in terms of commerce and population by the time California was made a state. The county seat was then moved to Santa Rosa.

Since its original settlement in the mid 1500’s, Sonoma County has been claimed by six different nations. It started with the Spanish Empire, then the Kingdom of England, again by the later Spanish Empire, Russian Empire, the First Mexican Empire, next the Mexican Republic, then the California Republic, and finally the United States from July 9, 1846 to now.

Sonoma County Historical Society

www.sonomacountyhistory.org

Cotati Historical Society

http://www.cotatihistoricalsociety.org/

Cloverdale History Center

www.cloverdalehistory.org

Glen Ellen Historical Society

www.gehistoricalsociety.homestead.com

Sonoma Historical Society

www.wschsgrf.org

Rohnert Park Historical Society

www.rphist.org

Santa Rosa Historical Society

www.santarosahistoricalsociety.com

Sonoma Historical Society

www.wschsgrf.org


 

Parks and Recreation

Sonoma County is located off of the West Coast. Its location allows for some of the most beautiful beaches and state parks with sites to see like the migration of the Pacific Grey Whale. There are beautiful trails and a range of water sport activities to partake in.

Sonoma County Parks and Recreation
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 120A
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
parks@sonoma-county.org
(707) 565-2041

Bird Walk Coastal Access
355 Highway 1
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_bird.htm

 

Black Point(Sea Ranch Access Trail)
35050 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_srnch.htm

 

Cloverdale River Park(73 Acres)
31820 McCray Road
Cloverdale , CA 95425
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_clvrdle.htm

Colgan Creek Trail
3600 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa , CA 95407
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_colgan_trl.htm

Crane Creek Regional Park (128 Acres)
6107 Pressley Road
Near the city of Rohnert Park

 

Doran Park (127 Acres)
Doran Park Road
Bodega Bay CA 94923
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_doran.htm

 

Ernie Smith Community Park
18776 Gilman Drive
El Verano
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_smith.htm

Foothill Regional Park (211 Acres)
1351 Arata Lane
Windsor, CA 95492
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_fhill.htm

Forestville River Access
10584 River Drive
Forestville , CA 95436
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_forst.htm

 

Gualala Point Regional Park (103 Acres)
42401 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_glala.htm

 

Guerneville River Park (5.3 Acres)
13811 Highway 116
Guerneville , CA 95446
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_guerneville.htm

 

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
13839 Old Redwood Hwy
Healdsburg , CA 95448
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_hvet.htm

 

Helen Putnam Regional Park (216 Acres)
411 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_helen.htm

 

Hood Mountain Regional Park (1,450 Acres)
3000 Los Alamos Road
Santa Rosa , CA 95409
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_hood.htm

 

Hunter Creek Trail (1.5 Miles)
Santa Rosa Ave & Hunter Creek Trail
Santa Rosa , CA 95407
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_hunter_trl.htm
Across the street from Friedman's Home Improvement

 

Kenwood Plaza Park
200 Warm Springs Road
Kenwood , CA 95452
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_kenwd.htm

 

Larson Park
De Chene Ave.
Boyes Hot Springs
Sonoma , CA 95476
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_lrson.htm

 

Maddux Ranch Park
4655 Lavelle Road
Santa Rosa
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_maddx.htm

 

Maxwell Farms Regional Park (85 Acres)
100 Verano Avenue
Sonoma , CA 95476
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_mfarm.htm

 

Moran Goodman Park
980 Sonoma Glen Circle
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_mgood.htm

Pebble Beach (Sea Ranch Access Trail)
36448 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_srnch.htm

 

Pinnacle Gulch ( Bodega Harbor)
20600 Mockingbird
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_pingl.htm

Ragle Ranch Regional Park (157 Acres)
500 Ragle Road
Sebastopol , CA 95472
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_ragle.htm

 

Riverfront Park (300 Acres)
7821 Eastside Road
Windsor , CA 95448
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_riverfront.htm

 

Russian River Recreation and Park District
14034 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-9184

 

Shaw Park
120 Shaw Avenue
Kenwood , CA 95452
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_shaw.htm

 

Shell Beach (Sea Ranch Access Trail)
39200 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_srnch.htm

 

Shiloh Regional Park (845 Acres)
5750 Faught Road
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_shilo.htm

 

Sonoma Valley Regional Park (162 Acres)
13630 Sonoma Highway 12
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_snoma.htm

 

Soda Springs Reserve (49 Acres)
24700 Kelly Road
Annapolis , CA 95412
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_soda.htm

Spring Lake Park (314 Acres)
391 Violetti Drive
Santa Rosa , CA 95409
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_slake.htm

 

Steelhead Beach (26 Acres)
9000 River Road
Forestville , CA 95436
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_stlhd.htm

 

Stengel Beach (Sea Ranch Access Trail)
37900 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_srnch.htm

 

Stillwater Cove Regional Park (363 Acres)
22455 Highway 1
Jenner , CA 95450
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_stwtr.htm

 

Sunflower Park
East Cotati Avenue at Sunflower Drive
Cotati , CA 94931
(707) 792-4685

 

Sunset Beach River Park
11060 River Road
Forestville , CA 95436
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_sunset.htm

Tolay Lake Regional Park
11060 River Road
Forestville , CA 95436
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_tolay.htm

 

Tom Schopflin Fields
4351 Old Redwood Highway
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_schopflin.htm

 

Walk On Beach (Sea Ranch Access Trail)
40101 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95480
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_srnch.htm

 

Watson School/Running Fence Park
14550 Bodega Highway
Bodega , CA 94922
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_watsn.htm

 

West County & Joe Rodota Trail (5 miles)
Sebastopol Road to Highway 116
Sebastopol
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_westc.htm

 

Westside Park
2400 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_wstsd.htm


 

Sports and Activities

There is so much to do in Sonoma County when it comes to sports and athletics. Sonoma has several sports shops specializing in fishing, water activities, hiking, paintballing, and more. There is a place in Sonoma for whatever you’re active recreational interests are.

ACP Paintball Supply
19655 Arnold Drive
Sonoma , CA 95476
(707) 939-8550

AMF Bowling Centers
1100 Petaluma Boulevard South
Petaluma , CA
(707) 762-4581

Armstrong Woods Trail Rides & Pack Station
PO Box 287
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 887-2939

Bank Shot Billiards
246 Petaluma Boulevard
Petaluma , CA
(707) 762-8921

Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center
1500 Bay Flat Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3344

Bodega Bay Surf Shack
1400 Highwy 1
Suite E a
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3944

Classic Sports/Double Decker Lanes
300 Golf Course Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 588-8011

Clavey Paddle Sports
409 Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 766-8070
(800) 832-4226

Corner Pocket
1460 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park , CA 94928

European Riding School at Oakridge Training Stables Inc.
3184 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa , CA
(707) 546-7669

Gold Rush Billiards
3589 Industrial Dr.
Santa Rosa , CA
( 707) 578-1135

King's Sport & Tackle
16258 Main Street
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-2156

Mare Island Paintball Games
Mare Island/ Vallejo, CA
(707) 586-9577

Oakridge Horse Ranch
4622 Petaluma Hill Road
Santa Rosa , CA 95404
(707) 584-5770

Occidental Community Center
3920 Bohemian Highway
Occidental , CA 95465
www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_odntl.htm

Sonoma Valley Cyclery
20079 Broadway
Sonoma , CA 95476
(707) 935-3377

Spoke Folk Cyclery
201 Center Street
Healdsburg , CA 95448
(707) 433-7171

Vertex Climbing Center
3358 Coffee Lane
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
(707) 573-1608

Wind Toy Water Sports Center
3019 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 542-7245


Attractions and Activities

 

Getaway Adventures / Wine Country Bike Tours
2228 North Point Pkwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 568-3040
(800) 499-BIKE (2453)

Goodtime Touring Company
P.O. Box 1955
Sonoma , CA 95476
(707) 938-0453
(888) 525-0453

Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm
Highway 1 South of Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay, CA
( 707) 876-3217

Hood Mountain Adventures
Sebastopol , CA
(707) 824-0543

River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips
13840 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg , CA 95448
(707) 433-7247

Winners Circle Card Room
3020 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 579-9424


Theatre, Culture and The Arts

This is Wine Country. Sonoma is rich in diverse cultural experience. From fine wine to fine art and a true appreciation of music Sonoma has artistic entertainment. There’s art and theatre culture for the adults as well as many crafts, performing arts, and museums that serve as grand opportunity enriched and educational experiences for the youth.

6th Street Playhouse
52 W. 6th Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
www.6thstreetplayhouse.com
(707) 523-4185

A New Leaf Gallery - Cornerstone Sonoma
23588 Arnold Drive
Sonoma , CA 95476
(707) 933-1300

A Street Gallery & Studios
312 South A Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
(707) 578-9124

Alinder Studio Gallery
39141 South Highway 1
Gualala , CA 95445
www.alindergallery.com
(707) 884-4884

Arts Council of Sonoma County
404 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
www.sonomaarts.com
(707) 579-2787

 

ArtStart
716 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
www.artstart.us
(707) 546-2345

 

Aurora Colors
10 Enterprise Drive
Suite D
Rohnert Park
(707) 588-1200

 

Bacchus Glass Studio
21707 8th Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-9416
http://www.bacchusglass.com/

 

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.bodegabayheritagegallery.com
(707) 875-2911

 

Bodega Landmark Studio & Gallery
17255 Bodega Highway
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.artbodega.com
(707) 876-3477

 

Branscomb Gallery
1588 Eastshore Road
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.branscombgallery.com
(707) 875-3388

 

Calabi Gallery
144 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.calabigallery.com
(707) 781-7070

 

California Indian Museum & Cultural Center
5250 Aero Drive
Santa Rosa , CA   95403
www.cimcc.org
(707) 579-3004

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.schulzmuseum.org
(707) 579-4452

 

Christopher Queen Galleries
25171 Highway 116
Duncans Mills, CA 95450
www.christopherqueengallery.com
(707) 865-1318

 

Cinnabar Theater
3333 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.cinnabartheater.org
(707) 763-8920

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance
116 E. 1st Street
Cloverdale , CA 95425
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org
(707) 894-4410

 

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
201 Commercial Street
Cloverdale , CA 95425
www.cloverdaleperformingarts.org
(707) 894-2214

 

Cypress Village Gallery District
39102-39120 Ocean Drive
Gualala , CA 95445
www.studio391.net/brochure.pdf
(707) 884-9065

 

Dimensions Galleria
115 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma
(707) 763-3515

 

Dolphin Gallery & Shop
39225 South Highway 1
Gualala , CA 95445
www.gualalaarts.org
(707) 884-3896

 

Frank Gannon Gallery
9610 Rio Vista Road
Forestville , CA 95436
www.frankgannon.com
(707) 887-1858

 

Gallery 300
300 South A Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
www.cargocollective.com/gallery300
(707) 332-1212

 

Gallery One
209 Western Avenue
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.petalumagalleryone.com
(707) 778-8277

 

Gerald Huth Fine Arts Studio
5895 Anderson Road
Forestville , CA 95436
www.geraldhuthart.com
(707) 887-9540

 

Gould-Shaw House Museum
215 N. Cloverdale Boulevard
Cloverdale , CA 95425
www.cloverdalehistory.org
(707) 894-2067

 

Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road
Graton , CA 95444
www.gratongallery.com
(707) 829-8912

 

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park , CA 94928
www.gmc.sonoma.edu
(707) 573-1013

 

Hembree House Cultural Center
9225 Foxwood Drive
Windsor , CA 95492
(707) 838-4613

 

Heritage Music Theatre
3333 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.heritagemusictheatre.com
(707) 569-6558

 

Local Color Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
(707) 875-2744

 

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa , CA 95404
www.lutherburbank.org
(707) 524-5445

 

Main Stage West
104 N. Main Street
Sebastopol , CA 95472
www.mainstagewest.com
(707) 823-0177

 

North Coast Artists Guild
www.northcoastartistsguild.com
(707) 528-3553

 

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental , CA 95465
www.oaec.org
( 707) 874-1557

 

Pacific Coast Air Museum
2230 Becker Boulevard
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org
(707) 575-7900

 

Pegasus Theater Company
14520 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville , CA 95446
www.pegasustheater.com
(707) 522-9043

 

Pelican Art Gallery
143 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.pelicanart.com
(707) 773-3393

 

Petaluma Arts Association
P.O. Box 2623
Petaluma , CA 94953
www.petalumaarts.org
(707) 793-2113

 

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.petalumaartscenter.org
(707)762-5600

 

Petaluma Historical Library/Museum
20 4th Street
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.petalumamuseum.com
(707) 778-4398

 

Petaluma Trolley Museum
12 N. Napa Drive
Petaluma , CA 94954
www.petalumatrolley.org
(707) 763-7366

 

Petaluma Wildlife Museum
201 Fair Street
Petaluma , CA 94952
(707) 778-4787

 

Phoenix Theater
201 Washington Street
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.thephoenixtheater.com
(707) 762-3565

 

Proehl Studios
201 Washington St
Petaluma , CA 94952
www.miniphotos.com
(707) 824-9943

 

Renga Arts
2371 Gravenstein Highway South
Unit A
Sebastopol , CA 95472
www.renga-arts.com
(707) 823-9407

 

Russian River Art Gallery
16357 Main Street
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-9099


 

Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions

Sonoma County offers a broad range of shopping opportunities from major department stores, home décor, and electronic stores, to unique antique shops, or hand-made craft boutiques. For home and garden lovers there is a great selection of stores that cater to those homemaking interests. Sonoma County beholds unique gift shops and craft stores, and art galleries that may catch your eye as well.

 

Antique & Collectables Antique Society
2661 Gravenstein Highway South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
www.antiquesociety.com
(707) 829-1733

 

Far West Trading Company
9060 Graton Road
Graton , CA 95444
www.farwesttradingcompany.com
(707) 823-4880

 

Haus Fortuna
111 2nd Street
Petaluma , CA 94952
(707) 283-0166

 

Harbor View Gifts & Goodies
935 Coast Highway 1
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
www.hausfortuna.com
(707) 875-3122

 

Hot Couture Vintage Fashions
101 3rd Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
(707) 528-7247

 

Llewellyn A Fine Art Gallery
6525 A First Street
Forestville , CA 95436
(707) 887-2373

 

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
137 N. Main Street
Sebastopol , CA 95472
(707) 823-3355

 

Pig Alley
25193 Main Street
Duncans Mills
www.duncansmills.net/pgapage.html
(707) 865-2698

 

 

Mr. Ryder and Company
9040 Graton Road
Graton , CA 95444
www.mrryderantiques.com
(707) 824-8221

 

Department and Clothing Stores:
Coddingtown Mall
Steele Lane & Highway 101
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1193
(707) 527-5377

 

Cornerstone Sonoma
23570 Highway 121
Sonoma , CA 95476
www.cornerstonesonoma.com
(707) 933-3010

 

Cupcake
641 4th Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95404
www.shopcupcake.com
(707) 579-2165

 

Darcy's Fine Jewelers
205 Fifth Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
www.darcysfinejewelers.com
(707) 545-3957

 

Jack London Village (shopping plaza)
14301 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

 

Kaleidoscope Toys
9078 Windsor Road
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 836-8697

 

Lonesome Cowboy Ranch
18135 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma , CA 95476
www.lonesomecowboyranch.com
(831) 235-4942

 

Made Local Marketplace at the ShareExchange
531 5th Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
(707) 331-6850

 

Montgomery Village Shopping Center
Farmers Lane & Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa , CA 95405
www.mvshops.com
(707) 545-3844

 

North Bay Made
14301 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen , CA 95442
www.northbaymade.com
(707) 933-4475

 

Vita Bella Home
8910 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood , CA 95452
(707) 833-1233 ‎


 

Art, Crafts, & Photography

Altered Images Gallery & Gifts
16377 C Main Street
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-3179

 

Architectural Ceramic Design
586 School Street
Cloverdale, CA 95425
www.architecturalceramicdesign.com
(707) 894-5714

 

Atrellis Flower & Gift Shop
816 McClelland Drive
Windsor, CA 95492
www.independentfloralnetwork.com
(707) 837-8080

 

Aurora Colors Glass Art Center
10 Enterprise Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
www.auroracolors.com
(707) 588-1200

 

Bamboo Sourcery
666 Wagnon Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
www.bamboosourcery.com
(707) 823-5866

 

Bosworth & Son General Merchandise
21060 Geyserville Avenue
Geyserville, CA 95441
www.bosworthandson.com
(707) 857-3463

 

Candy & Kites
1415 Coast Highway 1
Bodega Bay , CA 94923
(707) 875-3777

 

Cover to Cover Books
124 S. Cloverdale Boulevard
Cloverdale, CA 95425
(707) 894-4556

 

Gado Gado International
129 4th Street
Santa Rosa , CA 95401
www.gadogadointl.com
(707) 525-8244

 

Glass Images
16369 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
www.myglassimages.com
(707) 869-4105

 

Guerneville 5 & 10
16252 Main Street
Guerneville , CA 95446
www.guerneville5and10.com
(707) 869-3404

 

Hand Goods
3627 Main Street
Occidental , CA 95465
www.handgoods.net
(707) 874-2161

 

Hemp & Chocolat
16222 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
www.hempandchocolat.com
(707) 869-0843

 

John Rizzi Glassworks
16300 3rd St
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-8280
www.johnrizziglassworks.com

 

Many Rivers Books & Tea
130 S. Main Street Suite 101
Sebastopol, CA 95472
www.manyriversbooks.com
(707) 829-8871

 

Mi Arte Es Su Arte
2360 Mendocino Avenue
Suite A2-205
Santa Rosa , CA 95403
www.mi-arte-es-su-arte.com
(707)542-4566

 

Milk and Honey
123 N. Main Street
Sebastopol , CA 95472
www.milk-and-honey.com
(707)824-1155

 

Nexus Organic Design
16218 Main Street
Guerneville , CA 95446
(707) 869-3374

 

North Light Books & Cafe
550 E. Cotati Avenue
Cotati , CA 94931
www.northlightbook.net
(707) 792-4300

 

Oaxacan Fair Trade Co.
6932 Sebastopol Avenue
Sebastopol , CA 95472
(707) 829-3505

 

Pages Books on the Green
920 McClelland Drive
Windsor , CA 95492
(707) 837-8665

 

People's Music
122 North Main Street
Sebastopol , CA 95472
www.peoplesmusicontheweb.com
(707) 823-7664

 

 

Denise & George Athas
Denise & George Athas
Sales Executive