With its coastal proximity and roadside tie-dye peddlers, Russian River Valley in West Sonoma County is cooler than neighboring Napa both in climate and laid-back style. Known for its fog-fed vineyards, abundant farms, and eclectic restaurants, no wonder people have been exploring the towns along the conifer-rimmed Russian River since the 1870s. The native Pomo called the river Shabakai, meaning “long snake,” before the Russians ever laid eyes on it. Always good to bring a towel just in case — there are as many swimming spots as there are places to refuel and refresh afterwards.
What follows is a mere sampling of the wineries and eateries in the greater Russian River Valley, with all manner of palate-pleasers: from Old World tapas to all-star biscuit sandwiches to award-winning food truck barbecue. Pack a sweater and linger over earthy pinot noir or a hoppy IPA — or one of many flavors of handmade ice cream.
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