Another Reason to Stay an Extra Day

“The Barlow” sounds like the name of luxury resort.

It’s not, but there is no shortage of luxury items available to those who visit.

Sunset magazine called this unique destination in Sebastopol, Calif.—occupying the former Barlow Apple Company site—an “artisan amusement park.”

Within the buildings that dot the transformed industrial site are numerous businesses that connect customers not only with products, but also with the people who make them—and, in some cases, with the production process.

Among the tenants is the Kosta Browne Winery, one of California’s top producers of “New World” Pinot Noir.

A few other reasons for wine lovers and/or foodies to visit The Barlow…

  • Wind Gap Wines—Many of this winery’s bottlings are produced from grapes grown in vineyards… from Paso Robles to the Sonoma Coast… that are influenced by a wind gap.
  • Taylor Made Farms—If you are obsessed with coffee… If you insist that your cup of Starbucks be individually brewed on a Clover machine… If you wouldn’t pay 10 cents for a $1 cup of joe from Mickey D’s… then this is the place for you. Visit its coffee bar, and experience caffeine nirvana.
  • Village Bakery—I grew up in a family bakery business, so I’m pretty particular about sweet treats. This Sonoma County mainstay has never disappointed, and now it has an outpost in The Barlow. Pick up a loaf of artisan bread to take along on a picnic, or have the bakery make sandwiches for you… and don’t forget to a procure a fresh fruit pie.

Wine… coffee… pie. The Barlow has that and so much more, from the aromatic products of Lynn’s Lavender to the wearable artwork of CeraLuna.

You can check out the full tenant list. The Barlow offers wine country visitors one more reason to stay an extra day.

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