Freestone is Sonoma County's first historic district — home to a number of classic western-style buildings nestled in an exquisitely scenic valley with supreme pastoral vistas and rolling hills.
Pomo Indians made their home here for centuries. Many artifacts of aboriginal people are found in mounds. Russians, who settled Fort Ross on the coast in 1812, grew wheat in this valley in the early 1800s to support their northern settlements prior to the issuance of Spanish land grants.
The town was a center for harvesting and milling redwood and in 1871 became a rail stop on the North Coast Pacific Railroad.
Now with a population of 32, Freestone has a special charm all of its own with some delightful and unique attractions.
It’s home to Wild Flour Bread (140 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-874-2938), a must-stop on the way to the coast and the delight of many area residents. Also, the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary (209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-823-8231) is tucked into the countryside, offering the cedar enzyme bath – the only North American spa that offers this Japanese-style treatment.
Add in wine tasting at Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards (12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone, 707-874-1010) and you have the makings for a perfect day in Sonoma Wine Country.
Freestone is at the southern end of the Bohemian Highway, a scenic two-lane roadway that winds across 10 miles of western Sonoma County, through towering redwoods, serene pastures, rocky ravines, and the tiny hamlets of Occidental (the mid-point) and Monte Rio (the northern end).