We are so excited to introduce a fun project we’ve been working on! Officially named the West Sonoma County Field Guide, we lovingly refer to it as “the map.” As a tribute to our left coast, it opens left to right and features a custom cut coastline. We highlight the restaurants, wineries, and other locally-owned businesses that approach their work with a similar philosophy to ours. They are small-scale, artisan, seasonal, organic or biodynamic, and community-enriching businesses that are worth supporting!
We’ll be blunt: it is very much a curated list. It’s an expression of our point of view, a treasure map to what we consider to be the “gold mines” around West Sonoma County. A precious and beautiful art piece with a touch of whimsy that is useful but not overly so. Of course it’s promotional: a pure-hearted effort to generate more business for the folks who really care and have made a commitment to true sustainability.
These restaurants commit to local sourcing, seasonality, and organic ingredients. These wineries use organic and biodynamic practices, hand-harvest their grapes and make wine with minimal intervention. The wellness businesses also commit to sustainability, in their own unique ways. For everyone, it is especially about a love for our community and a passion for furthering its potential to be a thriving example of collaboration and heartfelt care for people, animals, and the environment – in a way that tastes and feels good!
We feel so lucky to call West County home. We have perfect weather and geographic features that encourage an abundant artisan food, wine, and cannabis scene nourished by small, family-owned producers who are passionate about and committed to what they do. These projects enhance the richness and depth of these recreational and tourist industries and provide true substance to our area. We are proud to highlight these people and businesses and encourage you to give them your support as well. Let’s help each other continue to push West County to grow in terms of self-sufficiency and innovation!
The West Sonoma County Field Guide is very much a collaborative effort. Lowell, often hosting visiting friends that he wants to show around, came up with the original idea, plus provided connections, much of the lingo, and his signature perseverance. The adorable illustrations are by local artist Tami Lovett (you’ve seen her bunnies, goats, and more on Lowell’s new logo and menus). Leah contributed with brainstorming, feedback, and will manage our social media accounts. I was able to wake my dormant passion for design by handling all of the design and production of the map. The maps were printed locally on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy inks. Our friend Tucker used reclaimed redwood for the custom, handmade map stands. Thank you to Carmen and Eva Dehlinger for helping us edit. Producing this field guide has been possible thanks to the continued commitment and support of all of our participants!
Stop by Lowell’s or any of the other businesses on the field guide to grab your copy! Please help us spread the word by sharing photos of you and your loved ones at the places you visit and tag us on Instagram: @wsc_fieldguide. We are distributing to hotels, tourist centers, and other community places in West County and beyond, so please reach out to us if you own a tourist-focused business or air bnb. We’re also brainstorming about an interactive website where people can add “field notes” about their experiences adventuring around West County. Let us know if you have the resources and feel inspired to help us with that!
Thanks so much for your support! We couldn’t do this without you. See you soon!