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10 Hidden Gems of Sonoma County

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#2 The Barlow Center

Wine country’s newest community of local restaurants, breweries, distillers, and artists. This 12-acre Bay Area outdoor market is in the heart of downtown Sebastopol — a fun, funky, and art-loving town. Take a relaxed stroll through the industrial-chic, open air, dog-friendly campus. The landscaping is even organic and mostly edible! Here are some of our favorite stops!

Barrio

Chef Carlos Rosas and Barrio Marin bring you Mexican-style street food with a gourmet twist. Enjoy healthy, satisfying dishes made with organic, seasonal ingredients from the best local farms and ranches. The Barrio also offers a special menu at Crooked Goat Brewing!

Crooked Goat Brewing

Opening in 2016, this casual, family-friendly taproom has quickly become a local favorite. Here you’ll enjoy a variety of unique, refreshing, and distinctly West County beers on tap. Need a bite to eat? No need to leave! You can enjoy fresh food from Barrio and your favorite Crooked Goat beer all in one spot!

MacPhail Tasting Lounge

No trip to the Barlow is complete without a stop by MacPhail Tasting Lounge. Much like the recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed tasting room, each wine is an expression of Sonoma County. The tasting lounge features vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley; all locations known for their fine wines. Enjoy a seated tasting by the glass (or bottle) with local cheeses and chocolate truffles. Don’t forget to make an appointment for a special visit tailored to your tastes!

William Cofield Cheesemakers

Sonoma County isn’t just known for beer and wine. It’s also know for its cheese! However, William Cofield’s is Sonoma County’s first proper British style cheesemaker. Not just a shop, guests are able to see how their cheeses are made from start to finish. See the on-site milk vats and aging room, to the packing and shipping. You can get a taste of it all. A truly unique experience!

 

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