Go cycling for a day in Forestville
The sun cries it out: cycling season is officially here. The sun is out and the early summer breeze keeps the temperatures relatively manageable for outdoor activities. While the pollen can be strong this season, so is the desire to hop on two wheels and enjoy the best of Sonoma County.
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than with a bike ride through the West Sonoma County town of Forestville. Despite being located between Highway 116, which would make the drive horribly treacherous, the West County Regional Trail stretches all the way to the entrance to town. With this trail maintained by Sonoma County Regional Parks, Forestville is accessible by bike from almost anywhere.
From Santa Rosa to Forestville: Take the Joe Rodota trail through Sebastopol. Pass Andy’s Market and through the town of Graton to join the West County Regional Trail.
From Sebastopol to Forestville: hop on the Joe Rodota past West County High School to cross Graton and join the West County Regional Trail.
Graton to Forestville: Head “downtown” on the north side of Graton to connect to the West County Regional Trail. Pro tip: The county has a port-a-let at the trailhead for those with a full bladder.
What to do when you are there
Start your day with a visit to Roaster’s Coffee. Cross the street and head to Nightingale Bakery for some well-earned pastries (don’t forget to grab a loaf of their one-of-a-kind bread for later!).
Consider stretching out after your walk in the park with some yoga under the tall oak trees.
Check out the antique store; there is always a little something for everyone. Antiques not your style? Visit Occult, which provides all things crystal and sorcery.
Say hello to the firefighters of the Forestville Fire Department on Chemin Mirabel. They are bound to provide you with a sticker or two (and maybe a hat if you really want one).
Don’t drink and ride! Soak up this wine with tasty tacos from La Rosa Taqueria or a juicy burger from Carr’s. Pro tip: bring cash for Carr’s!
Get a Gazette and relax in the shade at the Forestville Youth Park on Chemin Mirabel. Fun fact: The Sonoma County Gazette was created in Forestville!
Tune your bike to the Russian River Cycle Service.
Need to groom your best friend? Jump into Scissorhands and schedule your next grooming appointment.
If you’re feeling ready for your own groom, check out Shear Pleasure Salon.
Do you feel generous? Stop by Food for Thought to donate; the organization provides nutritious food to members of the local community with serious illnesses, including HIV.
Reminisce about the good old days at the El Molino campus.
Finally, dine at Canetti’s Italian. The Main Street Bistro offers a robust wine list and motorcycle eye candy, located directly in the dining room.
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