Located five miles inland from the Sonoma Coast, the tiny hamlet of Duncans Mills (pop. 175) occupies a wide, flat area near the meandering Russian River. Often, blue skies smile on Duncans Mills while fog covers the surrounding hills.

Once a burgeoning lumber mill town established by brothers Samuel and Alexander Duncan, today it’s home to more than a dozen unique specialty shops offering hand-crafted goods, antiques, art galleries, locally-grown flowers, and more. A wide range of provisions and refreshments are for sale in the Duncans Mills General Store, and wine tasting is available at Sophie’s Cellars.

If strolling and shopping sparks an appetite, the Cape Fear Café offers a taste of North Carolina and the New South. The Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern sports bar serves American grill and seafood. And in addition to fragrant cups of joe, Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery offers wood-fired oven-baked pastries and pizza.

For those who wish to stay awhile, campsites, including RV facilities, are available behind the railroad depot in the Duncan Mills Camping Club or across the river at the Casini Ranch Family Campground.

Find details about Duncans Mills hotels and lodging.

Featured Trip Ideas

Activities

Western Sonoma County offers its visitors a delightful mix of rolling hills, vineyards, redwood trees, charming small-town main streets, fine…

Activities

There are rides here to suit everyone, from paved routes along former railroad tracks, through vineyard-laden valleys, up and down…

Activities

For more than 130 years, travelers have come to the Russian River area in Sonoma County to swim, paddle, hike,…

Activities

Follow Highway 116 west as it winds its way toward the Pacific coast, and discover the tiny hamlet of Duncans Mills…

Activities

Tucked a few miles inland from the Sonoma coastline and perched beside the Russian River, the little village of Duncans Mills boasts…

Activities

This final portion of our guide to the Russian River Valley continues west to where the Russian River meets the coast…

Local Duncans Mills Businesses

Filter By: