Harvest Season Staycations: Support Our Beloved Wine Countries, Sebastopol Edition

Published September 30, 2021, in my The Bold Italic column (my additional Bold Italic articles and weekly restaurant reviews here), Sebastopol is historically famed as a plum and apple-growing region, home to Gravenstein apples and good-as-it-gets plums.

As with everywhere in Sonoma County, wine grapes are now the dominant agriculture, but a few dear souls keep the apple and stone fruit orchards alive (where to go apple picking in town), alongside produce farms like Two Belly Acre Farm (more on that below). Cider producers, farms and the impressive Barlow complex dominate the small Sonoma town. Here are five+ standouts for food, drink and a hotel stay in (and near) Sebastopol:

Article here:


Restaurant reviews:
— 54 Mint Is SF’s Ultimate Gastronomic Escape to Rome
— New Modern Filipino Destination, Abacá, From Chef Francis Ang & Bartender Kevin Diedrich
— 25 Lusk’s New Traveler Menu Offer Jaunts Around the World (Mexican Food & beyond)
— Warung SiskaRedwood City (Indonesian Food)

**All my other food, drink & travel Bold Italic articles here

Blue Ridge Kitchen’s shrimp cocktail


Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa


Handline grilled oysters


Region. wine bar at The Barlow


Ramen Gaijin’s hanetsuki-gyoza


Spirit Works’ Gravenstein gimlet: navy strength gin, grenadine, Gravenstein apple jelly, lime and coriander bitters