The Barlow for the Holidays

As all of us know, the wine country of Napa and Sonoma, has been hard-hit by fires as well as floods over the past several years. One thing that is most helpful for the area, is to visit to help boost the economy and revive the shops, wineries, restaurants, and hotels there.

A perfect day trip from the Bay Area, is to The Barlow in Sebastopol. Our family loves nothing more than a day trip or adventure. The Barlow is the old cannery row that’s been transformed into a destination filled with shopping, food, breweries, and more. I first began visiting The Barlow to visit one of my favorite stores – Elsie Green. They are one of my go-to places to find items for my projects as well as my own home.

What I began to realize, is just how much more The Barlow has to offer. You can stalk up on your favorite natural and organic products at the worker-run Community Market. Also stop by for flowers and plants at California Sister Floral. And Scout West County is a modern version of a general store and carry a vast array of ceramics, art, and ethical objects – there is something for everyone in the family. I loved the kids section as well as the women’s sweaters that were perfect for chilly weather.

If you want incredible sushi, consider eating at Kosho – the design is stunning and the food is amazing. I’m still day-dreaming about the miso soup and sushi we had! For Mexican, Barrio is yummy and takes me back to when I lived in Mexico City. Pick up a juice for the ride home at The Nectary and if you have a sweet tooth they even have an ice cream at Two Dog Night Creamery.

Sometimes it’s overwhelming to know how you can help an area hard hit. One definite way is to simply return. I hope you have a chance to visit The Barlow in Sebastopol this season – it’s the perfect spot to take the entire family.

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