SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA - Photos and Information

Sebastopol is located in Sonoma County just an hour's drive north of San Francisco Bay Area and only a few  miles from Santa Rosa. Driving around Sebastopol, you see all sorts of things. Kids ride their bicycles down a shady lane as the afternoon sun filters through elm trees and flashes patterns of light on them; a girl and guy in their 20's, both with long, blonde hair partially covering their faces, are seated at a picnic table at a local burger stand--they reach over the table top to kiss; a humorous mailbox sculpture mounted on an iron fence, portrays a dog biting a US Postal worker. That's just for starters!


Cruising into Sebastopol on a recent visit with a driving speed of 25 miles per hour, a sign set amongst the trees beside the road on State Highway 110 welcomed locals and newcomers to the "NUCLEAR FREE ZONE". Another billboard on a large grass lawn on Main Street included logo plaques of civic organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Odd Fellows. Strikingly at odds with the that sign was an interesting sculpture beside it that locals described as "The Statue of Liberty." 


When visiting and looking for Sebastopol Hotels, there are several to choose such as Avalon Luxury Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Inn Hotel.


Stroll several blocks along Main Street in downtown Sebastopol past an eclectic mix of shops, signage and scents. From The Crystal People storefront to an historic building etched with International Organization of Odd Fellows, from the natural and health products stores where incense drifts through open doorways onto sidewalks and mixes with the smell of scrambled eggs and bacon, Sebastopol offers a variety of activities and products for people with special interests. Antique and art shops are abundant but visitors can also see the Laguna Wetlands, go wine tasting, drive to the nearby Russian River or Pacific Ocean for kayaking and water sports or even play golf in town. 


Sebastopol is located on the western edge of the Santa Rosa plain, 50 miles north of San Francisco, 8 miles west of Santa Rosa, 10 miles east of Bodega Bay and 15 miles from the Russian River. Conducive to farming, the region produces the majority of Gravenstein apples. It also enjoys climate and soil ideal for growing wine grapes. 


Incorporated in 1903, Sebastopol is believed to be named after Sevastopol, a Russian seaport. It acquired the name in the 1850's when a local fistfight was compared to battle being raged in Russia. Previous to that time, native Miwok and Pomo inhabited the region and enjoyed an abundant supply of fish from the local rivers and wild game such as elk and deer.

Things to Do and Places to Stay in Sebastopol:


There are numerous restaurants and Accommodations in and around Sebastopol. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS at 1101 Gravenstein Highway South features 82 guest rooms, affordable rates and instant online reservations.


Annual events include the Apple Blossom Festival, held in the Spring and Sebastopol Celtic Music Festival in the Fall. For nearly 100 years, Sebastopol has celebrated their apple crops with some sort of festival. The Apple Blossom Festival is a weekend event that includes a parade, musical entertainment, food booths and vendors. For more information, contact the Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center: (707) 823-3032 or (877) 828-4748,


Art is everywhere in Sebastopol and visitors don't have to go out of their way to explore Art Galleries and Cultural Arts. Here are few offerings: 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6821 Laguna Park Way. Tel: (707) 829-4797. 
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St. Tel:  (707) 823-1511
Sonoma County Repertory Theatre & Main Street Theatre, 104 N. Main Street, Tel: (707) 823-0177 or (707) 544-7278.

Sebastopol Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St. Tel: (707) 829-3456.
West Sonoma County Historical Museum, 261 S. Main St. Tel: (707) 829-6711.


If you love fine wines, be sure to visit Sebastopol's very own Iron Horse Winery, which produces highly rated boutique wines. You can tour by appointment or visit the sales room which is open daily at Iron Horse Winery,  9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Call: (707) 877-1508.


Laguna Wetlands Preserve or Laguna de Santa Rosa is the second largest freshwater marsh in Northern California. Though primarily a marsh, it has characteristics of a stream, creek, seasonal wetland, open water and other aquatic habitats. The oak woodland and vernal pool complex surrounding the wetlands of the Laguna ecosystem once provided food to antelope, elk, and deer herds.  The Laguna is now a premier bird-watching area, though other wildlife is occasionally spotted. The entry to the small Preserve is located at the south end of the Sebastopol Community Center Parking lot at 390 Morris St. There is a short walking trail that adjoins the Laguna channel and loops around the City’s former wastewater ponds. From late Spring to early Fall, a floating pedestrian bridge is in place to connect to a trail on the east bank of the Laguna channel. Location: 390 Morris St. Call City of Sebastopol Planning Department: (707) 823-6167.


While musical concerts are featured throughout the year with performers such as Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez, Sebastopol Celtic Music Festival brings the finest musicians from around the globe to a weekend event that includes concert performances and workshops for Celtic fans. Held often in September, this decade-old event attracts artists such as Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill from Ireland. Location: The Community Center, 390 Morris St. and surrounding park area with free shuttle service provided. Ticket sales and information for the Celtic Music Festival and other concerts: Sebastopol Community Center call (707) 823-1511.

Sebastopol Golf Course is an 9 hole public course built in 1958. Open year round, green fees are around $15 for a course with 1663 Yardage, an 86 Slope and USGA Rating of 55. Location: 2881 Scotts Right Of Way. Tel: (707) 823-9852.



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