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Graton: A California Artist Community

Graton is a unique artist village.

Once considered a “rough little apple cannery town” Graton (pop. 1,707) has become both a tourist destination and a favorite of locals. It’s easy to miss, tucked quietly away off major roads and nestled in the heart of the beautiful Green Valley, a historic apple region turned renowned wine region.

Situated between Occidental, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol in western Sonoma County, Graton’s small yet charming business district is an eclectic mix of Zagat-rated restaurants, contemporary California fine art and Asian art galleries, antiques, a small market, wine production facility, community hall, and local real estate offices.

This laid-back and dog-friendly community is home to artists, writers, retirees, and working-class families. Behind the restored historic storefronts lie some of the best restaurants in Sonoma County. Art lovers will rejoice as the Graton Gallery (9048 Graton Road, Graton, 707-829-8912) and adjacent sculpture garden showcase one of the largest overall selections of California fine art and artisan crafts in Sonoma County.