Lodging in Geyserville
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You won’t find any geysers in Geyserville – they were capped for thermal power years ago. However, you will find a tightly knit community that may be the best kept secret in Sonoma County. Heralded by locals as the Wine Capital of Sonoma County, Geyserville lies on the Russian River in the heart of the Alexander Valley.
Founded by Dr. Elisha Ely in 1851 and originally named Clairville, Geyserville began as a tiny village and railroad stop that served local agricultural needs. Local merchants, such as George Bosworth, provided services through its early years. At the turn of the century, an influx of Italian immigrants spurred the planting of grapes for wine production. Discouraged by Prohibition, many vineyard owners turned to farming prunes, pears and other fruits.
The 1970’s growth and popularity of California wines led to Geyserville’s transformation into a premium wine grape growing region and the home to dozens of world-renowned wineries. The downtown area is now home to fine restaurants, wine tasting rooms, lodging, art galleries and unique shopping opportunities. George Bosworth’s grandson still operates an emporium of ‘general merchandise.’
The same mild climate that favors premium wine grapes makes the area perfect for bicyclists, hikers and visitors to nearby Lake Sonoma. Wine tasting at the numerous tasting rooms happens in a rural, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The people of this small hamlet are proud of its history and truly believe they live in one of nature’s chosen locations. Fortunately, they are eager to share its riches.