The small village of Forestville is one of those blink-and-you- might-miss-it towns that make Sonoma County so charming.
But don’t be fooled by it’s small stature – the hills that surround the hamlet hold acres of vines that produce some of the finest wines in the world (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay predominate in this part of the Russian River Valley) as well as vestiges of Sonoma County’s past, including Gravenstein apples and Christmas tree farms.
Nightingale Breads, named by the nurse-turned-baker who runs it, offers freshly made baguettes, loaves and other treats. The sourdough is a local favorite.
The appropriately named Tiny Town Café is the place to go in this small town for a cup of coffee and some local conversation.
Outside of town, Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant is a Michelin-starred restaurant with superb service, a fantastic wine list and a seasonal menu. Set amongst vines and redwoods, the lodgings are romantic and popular for getaways.
Also just outside of town is The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards, one of two full-service restaurants located at a winery in Sonoma County.
Finally, Russian River Pub, on the road to Guerneville, was featured by Sonoma County local Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for good reason: great food on the River. Try the Eggs Benedict. They are “soon to be famous.”