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Introducing Sebastopol

Grapes have replaced apples as the new cash crop, but Sebastopol’s farm-town identity remains rooted in the apple – evidence the much-heralded summertime Gravenstein Apple Fair. The town center feels suburban because of traffic, but a hippie tinge gives it color. This is the refreshingly unfussy side of Wine Country, and makes a good-value base for exploring the area.

Hwy 116 splits downtown; southbound traffic uses Main St, northbound traffic Petaluma Ave. North of town, it’s called Gravenstein Hwy N and continues toward Guerneville; south of downtown, it’s Gravenstein Hwy S, which heads toward Hwy 101 and Sonoma.