Sheep in pasture in Valley Ford

Valley Ford

Located amid rolling hills slightly inland from the coastline in western Sonoma County, Valley Ford (pop. 147) combines country hospitality with culinary and artistic sophistication.

Set in the heart of Sonoma County’s dairy belt, this area was the focus of art enthusiasts worldwide in the 1970s. Sonoma County Historic Landmark No. 24, a bronze plaque and tall pole at 14459 Valley Ford Road, commemorates The Running Fence — 165,000 yards of white nylon panels 19 feet high that husband-wife environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude hung in Sonoma County for two weeks in 1976.

Built in 1864, the historic Valley Ford Hotel features seven charming and pet-friendly guest rooms, as well as the popular Rocker Oysterfeller's restaurant, with Southern-inspired food, created with fresh Sonoma County ingredients. Locals and tourists hang out in the saloon, and listen to music.

Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery boasts bites from a skilled chef, pastries from an in-house baker, picnic foods, and wine and beer served at a small bar, all overlooking cheese aging rooms.

Enjoy the small-town friendly atmosphere and hearty fare at Dinucci's Italian Dinners. Or indulge in a tasty breakfast or lunch at Estero Café, featuring soul-warming favorites like Swedish pancakes with applesauce, chicken-fried steak, or homemade cakes and pies.

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Emma Herbert Memorial Park Photo
Bloomfield Road and Broderick St., Petaluma, CA 94952

The historic Emma Herbert Memorial Park is located in the rolling hills of West Sonoma County. With roots dating back to 1853, the park is a perfect place to enjoy a scenic picnic. The park is…

Surfing on the Northern California coast Photo
14435 Highway 1, Valley Ford, CA 94972

We've been providing high quality surf equipment, accessories, surf rentals, and clothing to the Sonoma Coast since 1986, now in our second location in Valley Ford. The tradition of stoke and service…

Valley Ford Hotel Photo
14415 California 1, Valley Ford, CA 94972

Rent out the hotel for your next celebration. With seven guest rooms and an enormous multi-tiered back patio, the hotel is a perfect venue for your next wedding, birthday, reunion or corporate…

Estero Cafe in Valley Ford Photo
14450 Highway 1, Valley Ford, CA 94972

Come and enjoy our relaxed, family style environment homemade meals, and beer and wine. We pride ourselves on our local and organic ingredients. We partner with other local farms and ranches to offer…

Twisted Horn Ranch Photo
11399 Valley Ford Road, Bloomfield, CA 94952

Twisted Horn Ranch raises some of the finest Longhorn cattle in Sonoma County, California. Our 100% free range, grass fed beef boasts a savory, delicious flavor we bet you’ll love. You can buy a…