Korbel Champagne Cellars
Just minutes away from the Hotel lies the world famous Korbel Champagne Cellars. The winery offers tours, tastings, a gourmet deli with outdoor seating, and a beautiful garden tour highlighting over 250 kinds of roses.
Winery tours are offered daily, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Wine Shop/Tasting Room hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Garden Tour is offered daily, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (mid-April through mid-October).
Read more at the Korbel web site.
13250 River Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
Armstrong Woods is a must see when visiting Occidental. The reserve near Guerneville preserves stately and magnificent Coast redwoods, the tallest living things on planet earth, and offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The park offers a visitor center, outdoor amphitheater, and self guided hiking trails. Equestrian use is not allowed during the winter months, but there are many miles of trails in both Armstrong Woods and the adjacent Austin Creek Reserve that are accessible during the summer months.
Read more about the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
Take a scenic three mile drive from the Hotel and discover Sonoma County’s premier day spa. Osmosis Day Spa has been voted the County’s top day spa for 13 straight years. The spa has the only cedar enzyme bath in North America along with massage and organic skin care services. A truly special daytime getaway.
Read more about Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472
The Occidental area has beautiful golf courses for any skill level. Northwood Golf Course was recently ranked the 3rd best 9 hole golf course in America by Golf World Magazine. This Alister MacKenzie designed course winds itself through majestic redwoods and was originally created as the private course for the exclusive Bohemian
Club. The Links at Bodega Harbour is a Robert Trent Jones II redesigned course perched along the spectacular Sonoma Coast. 18 holes of undulating greens, rolling fairways and native coastal rough creates a course in the Scottish links style.
Bodega Harbour Golf
21301 Heron Dr.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Northwood Golf Club
17600 Highway 116
Monte Rio, CA 95462
Sonoma County is home to the world’s finest wineries. From your location at The Occidental Hotel there are eleven family-owned wineries within eleven miles of each other. All are unique and well worth a visit to taste the wines and hear the incredible stories of their founding. The wineries all have wonderful special events throughout the year. Read more at the West Sonoma County Wineries web site.
Of course, there are plenty of other wine tasting opportunities in Sonoma County within easy reach of The Occidental Hotel.
The Sonoma Coast/Pacific Ocean
The Sonoma Coast is rugged, serene, incredibly picturesque, and an awe-inspiring place to visit. A drive along the coast Highway will reveal breathtaking vistas, beautiful sand beaches, and varied terrain as sandy beaches give rise to rugged cliffs which in turn give way to acre upon acre of rolling farmland. Coleman Valley Road, which starts in the heart of Occidental and has been voted one of the ten most beautiful drives in California, is a terrific way to get to the coast.
Read some great Yelp reviews of Bodega Bay Head
Sonoma Canopy Tours Zip Line Adventure
Get ready for two-and-a-half thrilling hours. Sonoma Canopy tours is a incredibly popular “zip line” adventure where you soar among the towering Redwoods. The course contains seven high-flying ziplines, two beautiful skybridges, a unique spiral staircase, and a thrilling rappel to the forest floor. They also offer a “Redwood Walk”, which provides more information on the incredible Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the Coast Redwood. Read more at Sonoma Canopy Tours
Occidental is a hiker’s dream with many public trails to choose from. What is more exciting than the number of trails is the variety of trails to pick from. Long trails, short trails, flat trails, mountain trails, oceanside trails, forest trails. If you name it, there is a trail for every desire and more importantly for every fitness level. In addition to the Occidental richness of trails, you can find even more variety in Sonoma County as a whole.
Read more at Sonoma Hiking Trails
Just outside your room at The Occidental Hotel is some of the best bicycle riding in the U.S. It’s no wonder Bicycling Magazine listed the area one of the 7 Greatest Rides on Earth. Just as impressive is both world famous pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Granfondo, now the largest recreational cycling event in the United States, and the Amgen Tour of California, America’s answer to the Tour de France, pedal right through the center of Occidental.
Read more at Santa Rosa Cycling Club.
The Bodega Bay area features the powerful attractions of the Pacific Coast; ocean breeze, the crashing of waves, stunning sunsets, great seafood, adventure, and relaxation. Two sides of the Bay are public lands with State maintained public beach access. In between these public lands is a working marina, interesting shops, and a variety of restaurants.
The Village has multiple stores within walking distance of the Hotel. Two longtime favorites, The Galleria and Hand Goods, offer very fine selections of gifts from local artists. The Mad Hatter Toy Store is a great place to find one of a kind gifts for the younger set.
In nearby Sebastopol, the Antique Society has over 150 dealers under one roof and is sure to have something for everyone.
2661 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, CA 95472 |
The Occidental Center for the Arts provides diverse, high-quality arts and cultural events to western Sonoma County and the communities beyond. Housed in a newly remodeled performing venue with superb acoustics and an adjacent exhibition gallery, the OCA works to enrich the lives of local residents through diverse cultural performances, exhibitions, events and arts education that inspire, teach, and entertain.
Read More at Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct
Occidental, CA 95465
Occidental Farmers Market
The Occidental Farmers Market has quickly become a favorite of Sonoma County locals and visitors alike. The beginning to a wonderful Wine Country Weekend, this market begins at 4pm on Fridays, and is great way to meet and talk with local producers.
The Market offers live music and a variety of Sonoma County produce plus locally-made artisan products, including honey, goat cheese and Gerards World Famous Paella.
University of California Bodega Marine Lab/Aquarium
One of the best kept secrets in all of West Sonoma County is the University of California’s Bodega Marine Lab. Since 1976 the lab’s volunteer docents have led interpretive tours for all ages. The Tours include numerous marine aquarium displays, some of which shatter the notion that local marine life is drab. Visitors experience a 24-foot-long display, containing many colorful local fishes and invertebrates, and a small kelp forest.
Past that is a harbor aquarium, holding residents of our local estuary, Bodega Harbor. Next to that is a round aquarium that displays giant anemones and other organisms in the nearshore subtidal habitat. A tidepool mesocosm display allows visitors to experience the biodiversity and dynamic energy of the northern California coast. Read more at the UC David BML web site.
Western Hills Garden
Just minutes from the Hotel up Coleman Valley Road is the magnificent three acre Western Hills Garden. Described recently by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “landmark garden” this local treasure is open for self guided tours after extensive renovation of the garden and related structures. Hummingbirds and other wildlife abound on the property including ducks, turtles, fish, and an occasional heron. You can enjoy the garden that was described by the New York Times in 2005 as the “Tiffany’s of plants.” Western Hills has been designated a Preservation Assistance Garden by the Garden Conservancy. This is a historic one of a kind property founded in the 1960′s and worth a visit. Read more at www.westernhillsgarden.com.