Nestled between the vineyards of two of the County’s top wine regions, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, Geyserville is the quintessential small wine country town - full of rustic charm and rich local history. This tiny town of under 1,000 was established in 1851 - named for the geothermal springs located in the Mayacamas mountains. In the early 19th century, these geothermal pools were an oasis for city folk and weary travelers. Today, Geyserville is an oasis for all those who call it home. With its quaint main street and sprawling vistas of vineyards and surrounding hills, this hamlet feels secluded, while offering some of the most acclaimed culinary delights in the County. The charms of Geyserville run deep. A look down the historic main street will make you feel as if you’ve walked onto the set of a Gold Rush film. Many of the town’s buildings date back to the 1800’s. The perfect blend of rustic and modern, you might overhear winemakers discussing cellar machinery or grape yields or perhaps catch a cycling group taking a break from their rides through Alexander Valley. This is the perfect, peaceful country spot for those looking to get away from the hustle of the city. Farms, vineyards, orchards, creeks, the Russian River and lakes - all a stone’s throw from the highway (for easy commuting when you need it!).
While Geyserville might look like a one-horse, one-block town, you will not be at a loss for delicious culinary options. The few hundred feet of Main Street are packed with highly acclaimed restaurants and bars - a few of which are consistently on the lists of top regional eateries in national media. Start off the day right with a morning cup of joe from the Geyserville Coffee Company. A popular local’s spot, they may well have one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the County. Family-owned Catelli’s has been serving authentic and delicious Italian cuisine to locals and tourists alike since 1936. A few doors down on Geyserville Avenue is the beloved and award-winning Diavola Pizzeria, serving the best of locally sourced ingredients, house-cured salumi and sausages, and home to a wood burning pizza oven. A short drive out of downtown is Rustic at Coppola; a full-service restaurant at the renowned Coppola winery, serving traditional, family-style Italian fare. Grab a seat at the communal table and have some Neapolitan pizza and seasonal dishes fresh from the estate garden.
Home to some of the oldest wineries around, several well over a century old, Geyserville is the ideal setting for wine country exploration. A perfect introduction to the region is a stop at Locals Tasting Room. This is a wine collective showcasing varietals from local small production wineries and featuring hard to find gems. Take a short drive from town to Francis Ford Coppola Winery, a large and impressive estate, complete with a grand tasting room and museum, a full restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, gloriously tended gardens and bocce courts. Head out to the valleys and the wineries are limitless. In Alexander Valley, Clos Du Bois and Trentadue have stunning properties and both often host charity events throughout the year. Dry Creek Valley, just over the ridge from downtown features such properties as Dutcher Crossing, Reeve, Lambert Bridge and Sbragia - at the very north end near lake Sonoma with the most spectacular views.
While Geyserville may be considered small and sleepy, turning in early is not a requirement. The Geyserville Gun Club is a necessary stop in town for those wanting a late-night vibe. They feature classic cocktails, bar bites and live music and dancing on the weekends.
The natural beauty surrounding the town makes it incredibly easy to get outside and unwind. Options are truly limitless. The family friendly Vineyard Club is private members only local oasis. The club sits on the edge of a picturesque man-made lake, with tennis courts, and a beautiful clubhouse with a full commercial kitchen. A larger body of water, Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, is just 5 miles away. Here, you can hike, boat, fish, camp paddleboard, kayak and more. Should you prefer flowing bodies of water, the Russian River trails right through Geyserville, gliding in and around the town. Hop on a kayak and paddle your troubles away down the winding river. Prefer wheels? Geyserville is base camp for many of the most world-renowned cycling adventures. Off the beaten path is Isis Oasis, a one-of-a-kind Geyserville experience. Home to exotic birds and cats this retreat center has workshops, retreats and Sunday public events. Walk the gardens and check out the Hobbit Hut and Sphinx.
Geyserville Unified School District is home to Geyserville Elementary school (Grades K-5), Geyserville Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Buena Vista High School. The bonus of a small town, student teacher ratio is about 12 to 1. Your children could not experience a more picturesque campus nestled in between vineyards. You may also have the option of Alexander Valley Elementary Public School (Grades K-6) and access to several private and charter schools in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa.
The quaint agricultural town of Geyserville is conveniently located right off Highway 101 about 90 minutes North of San Francisco. This quiet community of 862 people is nestled in the hills and valleys of wine country right in between Healdsburg and Cloverdale. As wine country has grown in popularity and population, the options for transportation are growing. The Charles M Schulz airport in Santa Rosa (about 20 minutes south) has several flights a day to major hubs along the West Coast, making this tiny town completely approachable when necessary. With this accessibility it makes Geyserville the perfect quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Balance can be achieved here.
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