Spring cheese, at any time of year
Towards Petaluma, you’ll find Spring Hill Jersey Cheese
, and the Creamery Store, which offers free cheese tasting, along with pizza, sandwiches and more available for purchase. In addition to a variety of cheddar, jack and mozzarella cheeses, they also offer housemade ice cream, and organic butters. Sounds like another potential picnic waiting to happen.
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.