Cloverdale bed and breakfasts offer welcome guests to experience exceptional lodging at our northern Sonoma County inns. The town is about 85 miles north of San Francisco: U.S. 101 runs through the town, as does State Route 128.
The town is a gateway to four wine appellations: Alexander Valley, Anderson Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak. The area’s many wineries are mostly family-owned and low-key.
Cloverdale is featured in Budget Travel’s “The Coolest Small Town in America” in the 2010 fifth-annual celebration of hometown escapes across the USA. It all comes down to the people, according to Budget Travel. The town is home to popular annual events like the Fiddlers’ Festival, the 100+ year-old Citrus Fair, and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Cloverdale’s colorful history dates back to its humble beginnings as a trading post and tavern for travelers and pack trains. First known as Markleville, Cloverdale was an early stage stop and reprieve for these weary travelers. Once the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad was built, the town was laid out and incorporated in 1872. By 1878, trains passed through three times a day on their way to and from the San Francisco Bay and the ferries that carried goods and passengers to our lands.
Downtown Cloverdale is a collection of rambling Victorians and feed stores turned art galleries, all anchored by the green-and-white 1923 Pick’s Drive-In, the go-to spot for burgers and soft serve. Every Friday in summer, the town plaza, a cobblestoned stretch shaded by magnolias, transforms into a popular freewheeling block party with live music, a farmers market, food vendors and featured winery.