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.

Featured Trip Ideas

Culinary Experiences

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Located amid western Sonoma County’s rolling hills — just slightly inland from the coast — the off-the-beaten-track village of Valley…


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Outdoor Activities

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