West County

These enchanting communities have something in common—a prevalent relaxed, hip, and off-beat culture.

Welcome to West County

Bohemian and hip communities loved by artists, foodies, musicians, and outside-the-box thinkers.
West County is a nickname given to a collection of small towns located along the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. They include Sebastopol, Forestville, Guerneville, Graton, and Occidental. Although they aren't that west in locale, these enchanting communities have something in common—a prevalent relaxed, hip, and off-beat culture.
Residents of West County communities love a less-than-conventional life. Therefore, many foodies, hippies, and musicians have bought homes in these quirky neighborhoods. The dining scene, the many outdoor and water activities, and the music events in the town are something you'll definitely love in West County.

What to Love

  • Relaxed and hip culture
  • Musicians and lots of creative vibes
  • Excellent food scene
  • Lively family activities along the Russian River

Local Lifestyle

All the towns in West County are census-designated places except Sebastopol and therefore have fewer people, creating a charming sparse town feel. In a nutshell, West County communities are the best-hidden secret of the Wine Country. The creative vibe, many family activities, and hiking are unique lifestyles enjoyed in West County.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

As the foodie's capital in Sonoma, it's not surprising that the area has many joints to visit for a great dining experience. Housed in the newly renovated Foster's Freeze, casual and coastal is another name for Handline. Using a modern counter service, you'll love some of the best ingredients in Sonoma County served at Handline, such as oysters, ceviche, or beer-battered rockfish tacos.
Farmhouse Inn is a chic farmhouse with woodsy rooms, celebrated cuisines, and an outdoor pool. Enjoy different types of grilled octopus and other locally-sourced dishes at the inn’s restaurant.
Level up your shopping and dining experience by visiting The Barlow Marketplace. This fashionable mall features trendy stores, exceptional wine-tasting joints, art galleries, and luxury restaurants with acclaimed outdoor tables.

Things to Do

West County communities are perfectly located along the banks of Russian Rivera nd its plethora of amenities. Surrounded by redwoods, Johnson's Beach in Guerneville on the Russian River is the perfect place to lounge and play during summer. Besides, locals, as well as visitors, never get enough of the canoeing and kayaking experiences on the river. Take a hike with family or friends in the relaxed redwood forests or along the naturally beautiful and relaxing Sonoma coast trails after a day on the water. 
The Wine Country’s farmers markets don't disappoint. Shop for fresh farm veggies and fruits every Friday from mid-May to the end of October at the Occidental Community Farmers' Market. Besides the farm goodies, you can enjoy your weekend eve by taking a farm-to-kitchen dinner or admiring the live music and a local vibe before returning home.
Don't forget that there is always something good happening at The Barlow — trivia nights, live music, and much more! Don't miss the opportunity to taste the finest wine/beer of the Wine Country at this location.


West County communities are near top-performing schools, including:
  • Summerfield Waldorf School, PK & K-12, an A-rated private school
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