Seniors Seek Fun Time in Forestville


Forestville’s (pop. 3,300+) unofficial motto is “Forestville, The Good Life. Senior travelers will find “Forestville in the coastal section of northern California in the heart of Sonoma County. It is a quiet little community half an hour from the Pacific coast and about an hour north of San Francisco.

In the Russian River Valley, Forestville is an area well known to wine lovers for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that are produced from grapes grown among the rolling hills of the area. A bit more spread out than other parts of Sonoma County, Forestville rewards the intrepid traveler with scenic vistas and small roads worth discovering.


Senior visitors are taken aback by its picturesque valleys laden with roaming vineyards. However, the town is more than a gateway to the Russian River, it is a diverse array of businesses, wineries, farming, and recreation.

Senior Travelers Enjoy Scenic Valleys And Vineyards

The history of Forestville began back in 1834 when Captain Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper bought a land grant from his brother-in-law, General Vallejo. Forestville has since remained a quaint California town with scenic valleys, vineyards, businesses. The major road through town, Highway 116, is also called Front Street for the length of the town, a distance of about three blocks.


The town came into existence during the late 1860s. By 1900, the community was known for attracting writers and artists and had a bohemian reputation.

Surrounded by gently rolling hills, stately redwoods, lush vineyards, and the majestic Russian River as it winds its way to the Pacific Ocean, Forestville maintains its rural character and scenic beauty.

TripAdvisor suggests seniors visit the vineyards of the area and take a canoe trip on the Russian River. Winding its way across the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, the famed Russian River offers a wide variety of outdoor opportunities.

Seniors Enjoy Art Galleries, Wineries And Mom’s Beach


Forestville is home to several art galleries, wineries, Farm Trails member sites and good food. Check out Five Fun Things to Do in Forestville.

Forestville River Access is a small parking area just off River Road with a short trail leading to a scenic Russian River beach known as Mom’s Beach. The rocky shore is ringed by greenery and redwoods, with a great view of the many trees across the river. It is a great spot to relax and watch river paddlers heading downstream.

Seniors, set your GPS for Forestville and enjoy the many amenities of this small community on the Russian River. -jeb

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