Pomo Indians made their home here for centuries. Many artifacts of aboriginal people are found in mounds. Russians, who settled Fort Ross on the coast in 1812, grew wheat in this valley in the early 1800s to support their northern settlements prior to the issuance of Spanish land grants.
The town was a center for harvesting and milling redwood and in 1871 became a rail stop on the North Coast Pacific Railroad.
Freestone is home to a number of classic western style buildings and it is Sonoma County’s first historic district. At the southern end of the scenic 10-mile drive known as the Bohemian Highway sits tiny Freestone (pop. 32), nestled in an exquisitely picturesque valley and surrounded by pastoral vistas and rolling hills. Only about a half-mile long, Freestone is a small place, but it has quite a few delights to offer. Freestone is a common stop for cyclists tacking the western county roads, and for travelers heading to the Sonoma Coast via Bodega Bay. Many folks go out of their way to drop by Wild Flour Bread, where sourdough loaves, scones, biscotti, and more are baked in a wood-fired brick oven. An amazing garden out back supplies the fresh fruit, herbs, and vegetables that go into many of the baked treats.
Want cheese with your bread? Housed in an 1880s redwood cottage, Freestone Artisan Cheese sells handcrafted products from a variety of Sonoma County artisan cheese makers, primarily within a 20-mile radius of the store. A little wine with your bread and cheese? The Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards tasting room offers an education about the Sonoma Coast growing area, as well as two wine flights ($20 or $35) of select Joseph Phelps Napa Valley wines. For shoppers, Enduring Comforts offers fine browsing through antiques, collectibles, and more. If further relaxation is needed, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is the only day spa nationwide that offers the cedar enzyme bath, a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan.
Osmosis is the only day spa in the U.S. that offers the Cedar Enzyme Bath, a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan. Inspired by a vision of healing, beauty, and inner peace, Osmosis was founded in Sonoma County in 1985. Since that time, many hands have worked together with an abundance of heart to manifest one of the most unique and relaxing spas in the country. Osmosis is a Japanese style retreat with beautiful bonsai and bamboo gardens.
Cedar Enzyme Bath, Therapeutic Massage, Organic Skincare, Vitality Programs and Japanese Gardens.
Meditation Garden: The Meditation garden was designed and built under the direction of Robert Ketchell, a renowned British horticulturalist who has studied landscape design extensively in Kyoto Japan. Ketchell and Osmosis founder Michael Stusser met in Kyoto. The two dreamed of working together to create a garden that captured the spirit of the classic gardens of that magical Japanese city.
Garden Tours: They have hour long guided tours of the Osmosis meditation garden condusted by tree pruning expert Michael Alliger and meditation leader Ginny Matthews.
Japanese Tea Garden: This serene tea garden was built in 1989. All enzyme bath guests are welcomed here with the spirit of Japanese tea ceremony.
The Field of Hammocks at Osmosis - When you book any treatment, you can opt to receive a Hemi-Sync® sound session in their beautiful new Field of Hammocks.
Address: 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472
Working with a wood fired brick oven they produce beautiful hard crust breads that their customers come from miles around to taste. At 8:30AM they open with 4 breads only, our sticky bun, cheese fougasse, goat flat bread and either the Bohemian (apricot, orange and pecan) or the Egyptian (pear, fig and candied ginger) and 1 or 2 out of 4 or 5 daily kinds of their whipping cream scones which have become a daily sellout with flavors like apricot, white chocolate, ginger or double chocolate, espresso, hazelnut. The bakery is owned and run by Jed Wallach. Wood Fired Brick Oven Baked Bread Bakery & Organic Garden, located in Freestone, California near Sebastopol.. 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Tel. (707) 874-2938
Enduring Comforts - Antiques & Vintage · Gift Shop · Accessories Store
Enduring Comforts, a cozy boutique next to Wild Flour, has lots of hats: sunhats, bowlers, lacy hats, and gardening hats. Inside the store offers knick-knacks, antiques, jewelry and gift items. It’s worth the browse.
Address: 142 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472
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Starbuck Station flock consists of various mixes between these two types of wool, Martha Cant Sheppard is always striving for the right balance of length, fineness and crimp. She has a number of naturally colored sheep, black and grey in the Wensleydales, and brown in the Cormos.
A second interest of Martha's has to do with dyeing wool with natural dyes, plants and bugs which are found in nature and used to impart color to fiber. She raises a lot of my own dye plants: Japanese indigo, madder, coreopsis and marigolds. Queen Anne's lace and goldenrod, lupin flowers and laurel leaves are gathered from roadsides.
Starbuck Station Wools are available at the Artisans' Co-op, 17175 Bodega Hwy, Bodega, CA 94922 .
The little 1880s redwood cottage on the Bohemian Highway sells handcrafted cheeses, owner Omar Mueller focus is on producers who make such limited quantities. Selections range from cow, to sheep, to goat and buffalo milk, sourced primarily from within a 20-minute radius of his store. The shop offers hot roasted California nuts, olive oils grown and pressed locally, crêpes and tea. Their olive oils are pressed locally and the olives ripened in the Napa and Sonoma sun. Their walnuts and almonds come from as far away as the San Joaquin Valley. They have picnic benches in the redwood grove across the street.
Freestone Artisan Cheese, 380 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-874-1030, www.freestoneartisan.com.
Hours of Operation: Thursdays Noon to 6pm. Fridays Saturdays Sundays & Mondays 10am to 6pm
For those looking for picnic supplies, the Freestone Country Store (500 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-874-1417) stocks local products and wine, and there is even a small grove of redwoods out front with a bench. A flock of resident chickens has been known to invite themselves to al fresco lunches.