The California Cheese Trail

The North Bay isn’t just home to world famous wine country. You can also find some of the Bay Area’s finest cheesemakers here. Whether you’re interested in planning a weekend that combines those two delicious items, or simply visiting a few gourmet cheese companies, Novato is the perfect base for a foodie getaway.

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You can find these and other North Bay cheese makers on the California Cheese Trail, which connects people to artisanal cheesemakers and family farmers throughout California. Visit the Cheese Trail website, which features their interactive map, to see where cheesemakers are based. You’ll find links to various cheesemaker websites there, where you can check on opening hours for tours, tastings and cafes. Should you choose to plan your own cheese adventure, Novato makes for a great central base as you set out on your connoisseur journey. The proximity of artisanal cheesemakers, craft brewers (as featured on our guide to great beers) and wineries like our own Trek Winery and nearby Ram’s Gate Winery make Novato a perfect base for anyone with gourmet sensibilities.

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