Settled in the mid-1800s, the town of Geyserville (pop. 862) retains the ambience of a bygone era. Located in the beautiful Alexander Valley, the town owes its name and beginnings to the discovery of geothermal springs in the Mayacamas Mountains just east of town.
The area became a tourist attraction, with the town providing lodgings and provisions for the tourists. Cattle, grain, pears, and prunes thrived in the lush valley and the area’s rich, gravelly soil proved an ideal location for wine grapes. The wine boom of the 1970s led to vineyards replacing the fruit orchards, and today the valley is a verdant sea of vines.
Main Street Geyserville still holds the charm of 100 years ago in its historic buildings. From wooden boardwalks to Wild West storefronts, Geyserville charms its visitors with world-renowned wines, contemporary restaurants, quaint bed and breakfast inns, boutiques and vintage chic mercantiles. Close to the banks of the Russian River, Geyserville is a magnet for bicyclists, artists, and photographers.
Keep these events in mind when planning your next visit to wine country. In May catch the Geyserville May Day Festival, founded in 1925. October features the Geyserville Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival and the Geyserville Fall Colors Festival & Vintage Car Show. And at the end of November kick off the holiday season with the Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights. For details, check the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce calendar of events.