Forestville was founded in 1869 by a saloonkeeper named A.J. Forrester. In the early days there was the rustic Forestville Chair Factory where Major Isaac Sullivan of Green Valley made the first rustic chairs and sold them for $5.00 each. Forestville was mainly made up of small farms and ranches where animals were raised and apple orchards were planted. Many of the large apple orchards were still in existence until about 2004 when wine grapes became the main crop in the area.
Forestville is a small, unincorporated country town with a population of approximately 2,500 -- depending on whom you ask and where that person draws the boundaries! Forestville is located in the unique Green Valley Appellation which is within the larger Russian River Appellation. The climate, with its gentle summer fog which often rolls in early evening, gives the Pinot Noir grape and other cool climate varietals the moisture they need for our warm summer days.
Forestville is uniquely placed in Sonoma Wine Country where it is a short 15-minute drive from either Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa or Guerneville, and only a 40-min. meandering drive to the Pacific Coast and mouth of the historical Russian River. The town offers three excellent restaurants and is surrounded by many premium wineries and vineyards.
Spend a day in Forestville strolling through town stopping in
the art gallery, artisan bread shop, old-time hardware store,
coffee roasters, shopping at El Molino Pharmacy, and have lunch
or dinner at either of the popular restaurants on the main street.
Rent a canoe at Burke’s Canoe Trips and enjoy the beautiful
ride down the Russian River to Guerneville where the Burke's shuttle
will pick you up and return you to Forestville. You can
enjoy your morning walk or bicycle ride on the lovely trail that
connects Forestville to Sebastopol and then goes east to Santa
Rosa. Have a lovely hike in Armstrong Woods State Preserve
which is our redwood preserve with ancient, named redwoods and
lovely trails. Spend a day at the coast visiting the lovely
beaches and the many hiking trails in the hills.