Cloverdale is where the
vineyards meet the redwoods, an area rich in agriculture, fishing,
hunting and natural beauty along the Russian River. The earliest
inhabitants of this area were the Pomo Indians, one of the largest
American tribes in on the west coast, with the entire Pomo
population living in the territory that today includes Mendocino,
Lake and Sonoma Counties. Considered to be the worlds best
basket weavers, they also utilized an elaborate numbering and
arithmetic system for their currency, which was comprised of flat
button-like disks made from shells, which were traded on strings,
as well as beads made of fired and colored magnesite.
In the 18th century the
Russians invaded the territory for conducting their fur trading
which was pretty lucrative until about 1848 when gold was
discovered in California and their priorities changed.
Cloverdale is the
northernmost city in Sonoma County, and is located along
Californias famed Highway 101 with State Highway 128 also
boasting a business route through the center of town. Just over an
hours drive north of San Francisco and 480 miles north of
Los Angeles, Cloverdale follows the path of the Russian River.
There are many area wineries that offer tastings, tours and a
variety of events such a luaus and wine tasting, along with music
Bed and Breakfast Inns