Cloverdale is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States. The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad reached Cloverdale in 1872. The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is headquartered here.
Cloverdale’s vibrant arts community is one of the major draws to our area. From a full calendar of plays at the intimate, yet state-of-the-art Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, to the history museum, and live music weekly during the summer at Friday Night Live. Cloverdale is open for business.
Experience Cloverdale at any time of the year with events and entertainment that range from live music to food festivals and more. From the popular Car Show, to an all-time-favorite Citrus Fair, Cloverdale’s event calendar is full throughout the year.
Nestled in the hills of Sonoma County, Cloverdale spans 2.7 square miles with a population of around 8,800. Cloverdale residents are what make the city a truly vibrant place to live. Marked with a blend of urban characteristics and rural landscape, Cloverdale is an exceptional place to call home.
The City of Cloverdale strives to provide residents, businesses, visitors and the news media with timely, relevant and accurate information about the City. The Reveille, Cloverdale’s local newspaper, has provided stories and information to Cloverdale and surrounding communities since 1878.
Cloverdale’s unique location in upper Sonoma County places you at the epicenter of many activities, events, and wine regions. Whether you’re busy touring the wine country, exploring and hiking Lake Sonoma, biking or shopping, Cloverdale is the perfect jumping off point.
Located in and around three of the most respected appellations in the world, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley, and the newly formed Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA. These wine growing regions are producing some of the most highly awarded wines, and are one of the most enjoyable wine tasting regions to explore. Sonoma County wine producers pride themselves on being available to their patrons for tasting events, classes, discussions and incredible food and wine pairings.
Explore the Cloverdale History Center and Museum, with displays of old farm equipment and other items from days gone by, and catch musical and theatrical performances at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center.
Enjoy the outdoors. Launch a kayak or canoe in Cloverdale River Park, and paddle off on an adventure. Or simply enjoy a picnic on one of the park’s tables. Walk along the Clover Springs Open Space Trail. Or enjoy the 7.4-acre City Park in the heart of Cloverdale, which offers a children’s playground as well as baseball, basketball, and volleyball courts, and a horseshoe pit.
Other annual local events include the Cloverdale Citrus Fair and Parade, the Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle Show, the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, the annual sculpture exhibit hosted by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, and for cycling fans, the Asti Tour de Vine.
Located at the northern end of the picturesque Alexander Valley and near Lake Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sonoma County’s northernmost town, is a perfect base for exploring wineries and appreciating the region’s stunning natural beauty.
Boasting a compact downtown filled with rambling Victorians, a burgeoning arts community, highly-regarded wineries and eateries, and a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder Cloverdale was recently named one of ‘America’s Coolest Small Towns.’
Stroll along Main Street, with its intriguing shops, galleries, restaurants and tasting rooms. Enjoy the outdoors in the town’s parks. Explore the Clover Springs Open Space Trail or the 7.4-acre City Park with its children’s playground; baseball, basketball and volleyball courts; and a horseshoe pit.
Every Friday in summer the cobblestoned town plaza hosts a seasonal street fair as well as Friday Night Live concerts sponsored by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Other annual local events include the Cloverdale Citrus Fair and Parade, the Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle Show, the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, and, for cycling fans, the Asti Tour de Vine.
Here are five fun things you can do on your visit to Cloverdale:
There simply couldn’t be a better location for a small town’s history museum than in this authentic 1870s Gothic Revival Cottage, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house has many uncommon elements, including front gables, brick construction, and hand-forged square nails. Inside you’ll find rooms decorated as they would have been at the turn of the 20th century, along with Pomo basketry and artifacts.
The adjacent 2,000-square-foot History Center houses the vast 65,000-artifact collection of the Cloverdale Historical Society and offers exhibits, a gift shop, workshops, and events.
This town has been displaying art in its downtown area since a major revamp of its central business district in 2003. Produced by the Cloverdale Historical Society, today the annual juried Cloverdale Sculpture Trail features 12 different sculptures each year. They range from humorous to thought-provoking, and some include a message or story. An audio, self-guided tour by Octocast includes an interactive map of the trail, with descriptions and directions. The historical society also offers an online overview of the 2018-19 sculptures and a trail map.
The beautiful and state-of-the-art Cloverdale Performing Arts Center has great acoustics. Not only that, but – with only 99 cushy seats and a large stage – it offers the kind of intimate performance that’s rare to find.
Five plays are spread throughout the year; the 2018 season includes November; The Time of Your Life; True West; Heroes;, Durang, Durang; and Yo Ho Ho A Pirate’s Chrsistmas!The center also presents musical performances, readings and interviews with literary figures, improv comedy, and open mic nights. Check the calendar of events to see what will be happening when you visit.
Chill out on the Russian River
The northernmost of all the county’s regional parks, the 72-acre Cloverdale River Park graces the Russian River’s west bank. In warm weather you can launch a kayak or canoe for a paddle adventure; swim and wade in the water; keep an eye out for osprey, ducks, or herons; spread a picnic at river-view tables; or fire up a grill for an old-fashioned summer barbecue.
In all seasons you’ll stroll pathways or hop on your bike to cruise around. A 1.1-mile multi-use paved trail that winds through willows, oaks, and cottonwoods is perfect for wheelchair users and baby strollers. And the family pooch is welcome, as long as it’s on a leash no longer than six feet.
Cloverdale is home to three privately-owned campgrounds. In the hills overlooking Alexander Valley, the Cloverdale Wine Country KOA Camping Resort covers 60 acres, offering comfortable cabins from basic to deluxe, as well as tent and RV sites with full hook-ups. All sites have fire pits, barbecue pits, and picnic tables. There are plenty of amenities and fun things to do here.
Geared to RV camping, the Thousand Trails Russian River RV Campground also offers a few cabins. Amenities include a playground, volleyball, shower, and laundry facilities.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez.
Once known mainly for its roadside dining for motorists heading to or from the San Francisco Bay Area on Highway 101, today the town of Cloverdale in northern Sonoma County offers a deliciously eclectic variety of restaurants and eateries.
Remnants of Cloverdale’s past as a stop on the Redwood Highway still exist, like Pick’s Drive-Inn (117 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-2962), a classic old-time burger stand on the southern of edge of downtown. It originally opened as a Reed & Bell Root Beer Refreshery during Prohibition in 1923, so Pick’s is part of Cloverdale’s past and present.
The current foodie scene also includes the Trading Post (102 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6483), offering an authentic farm-to-table dining experience with an in-house artisan bakery. The seasonally-changing menu features locally sourced produce and meat, with dishes like Korean-style marinated Beef Skewers with jasmine rice, zucchini, and house-made daikon kimchi; house-made Tagliatelle Pasta tossed in garden tomato sauce, fresh zucchini, fire roasted eggplant puree, and Arabian family olive oil; and Crispy Confit Duck Legs with forbidden rice, onion soubise, roasted turnip, and black vinegar.
Here’s a brief list of more examples of the wonderful variety of dining options in this northern Wine Country town.
101 Thai Way offers traditional Thai favorites like Pad Thai, and Chicken Satay, seafood dishes, and curries. 1198 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9999
Cloverdale Ale Company – Ruth McGowan’s Brew Pub serves award-winning beers, brewed on site; the burgers and the rest of the menu are good, too. Kids are welcome. 131 E. 1st St., Cloverdale, 707-894-9610
MoE’s Eagle’s Nest Deli is a local favorite that serves up great sandwiches with fresh ingredients and panninis. 113 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9290
Piacere Italiano Steak and Seafood presents Jose and Mary Pelayo’s personal style of Italian cooking in their sophisticated-yet-casual restaurant. 504 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-0885
Tian Yuen presents the tastes of Taiwan, Thailand, China, Japan, and Vietnam with a diverse menu of fresh, healthy food in an Asian ambiance. 421 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-5697
World Famous Hamburger Ranch & Bar-B-Que is pretty self-explanatory, but in case you need a refresher, on offer are burgers, which are world-famous (just see the sign) and barbecue. Try the pulled pork. 31195 N. Redwood Highway, Cloverdale, 707-894-5616
Zini’s Diner, famous for its Swedish pancakes, serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 796 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9444
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