Seniors Enjoy the Easy Pace in Forestville

600x375xforestville-photo-stage.jpg.pagespeed.ic.oV0vYdxYswForestville is a census-designated place in Sonoma County, California. Then this senior’s wife, my editor,  went to Google and learned that a Census-Designated Place is a term assigned by the U.S. Census Bureau to communities that resemble cities or towns but lack incorporation or any sort of municipal government.

Settled by European Americans during the late 1860s, Forestville was named after one of its founders. Its population runs right at 3,300. The unofficial motto, “Forestville, The Good Life,”  appears on license plate holders sold at the local hardware store.


The major road through town is Front Street for the length of the town, a distance of about three blocks, between Covey Road and Mirabel Road.

Senior visitors will find Forestville surrounded by green hillsides, vineyards and forestlands to the Russian RiverForestville maintains its rural character and scenic beauty.

 Seniors Find Rest And Relaxation In Forestville

It is quite isolated so rest comes easily in Forestville. Forestville is home to several art galleries, wineries, Farm Trails member sites and great restaurants. There is a park for the kids and shopping, dining and coffee shops for the adults. And seniors will find several spas in the region.


In 1834 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, wineries, farming, and recreation.

Small as it be, there is a very active Chamber of Commerce that invites folks of all ages to find out  how easy it is to enjoy rural life in California. Forestville retains a low-key family-oriented atmosphere.

Forestville Makes The List of Best Places

TripAdvisor suggests the Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery. The Hartford Family Winery is close by, and they claim to have “a pinot noir for everybody.”  Russian River Vineyards and Thackrey & Co. Wine Makers are just a short stretch down the road. The Kozlowski Farms produce berry jams and vinegars, wine jellies and fruit butters made sans sucre.


San Jose Mercury news notes that “visitors will find plenty to see and do. Visiting the tiny berg of Forestville in the Russian River area provides a quick escape — it’s only a few hours’ drive from the Bay Area — and also just enough delights to make it an easy slowdown”.

Forestville has been named on a list of “Best Places to Live.” The New York Times noted that this town in western Sonoma County, Calif., has been a summer destination for San Franciscans since Victorian times…”

Seniors, bring your demanding palates to Corks or Mosaic, two fine places to enjoy a great lunch or dinner. The Case Ranch Inn offers rooms in an 1894 Victorian farmhouse with a wraparound sitting porch. Organic breakfast is included. My wife and I would search out that Inn.

Enjoy your stay in Forestville. -jeb

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