In Sonoma County, you don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to get real cheesy – just make a stop at one of these local cheese shops!
Bohemian Creamery in Sebastopol is a small shop offering a quick, inexpensive treat for cheese aficionados. Bring a group of friends and enjoy your cheese samples and the view on the outside patio overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa. They are open Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 7380 Occidental Rd, Sebastopol 95473, bohemiancreamery.com
Just off the beaten path in Santa Rosa is Matos Cheese Factory. With its farm-like charm, this cheese shop creates a fitting atmosphere to enjoy their freshly-made cheeses. The public is welcome to stop by for a sample 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 3669 Llano Road, Santa Rosa 95407, 707-584-5283, visit on Facebook
Petaluma is no stranger to cheese. Petaluma Creamery, with a variety of Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, is a great to bring the family as it offers more than just cheese — handmade ice cream is also on the menu for anyone with a sweet tooth. They open bright and early at 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday and close at 7 p.m. 621 Western Ave, Petaluma 94952, 707-762-3446, petalumacreamerycheeseshop.com
Another popular spot in Petaluma is Marin French Cheese. Founded in 1865, this retail shop is a go-to for those looking to grab a bite to eat, a bottle of wine and a take home cheese treat. A picnic by the cheese factory’s pond is highly recommended. They are open rain or shine Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7510 Pt Reyes Petaluma Rd, Petaluma 94952, 707-762-6001, marinfrenchcheese.com
Vella Cheese Co., located in a small, brick building in downtown Sonoma, sells their cheeses at affordable prices fit for anyone’s budget. Their famous variety of Monterey Jack cheeses are a hit among locals. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 – 6 p.m. 315 2nd St E, Sonoma 95476, 800-848-0505, visit on Facebook.