Cloverdale is located in the northern portion of Sonoma County California, and it is the home of the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California. According to the 2010 United States census, the population of Cloverdale was 8,630. Cloverdale is located on the Pacific Coast in Wine Country and is part of the Alexander Valley AVA, home to many vineyards and wineries and is the largest and most fully planted region in Sonoma.
Cloverdale has the distinction of being named the Coolest Small Town in the West by Budget Travel Magazine in 2010.
The city of Cloverdale operates the Cloverdale Unified School District
for the education of the children.
In the early days of Cloverdale, it was a stagecoach stop known as Markleville, named for R. B. Markle who once owned the property. With an additional 760 acres add, the town of Cloverdale was laid out, and development began. The railroad soon replaced the stagecoach run and the Icaria Speranza settlement began to form. The town prospered with manufacturing until 1988 when several large companies closed their doors, but Cloverdale proved their endurance by instituting a civic revival. They set upon a plan of redevelopment and created a downtown of pedestrian friendly sidewalks and a performing arts center while, at the south end of town, more than 360 homes were built as part of a new residential area.
Parks and Recreation
Cloverdale has taken advantage of the excellent natural beauty of the area and offers a variety of parks and recreational activities. There are a number of neighborhood and community parks that include passive and active recreational opportunities. The parks include play and picnic areas, sports fields and bicycling and walking.
Attractions and Activities
There are a number of attractions and activities in Cloverdale and the immediate Sonoma County area. The Cloverdale Historical Society offers the museum and garden of roses and wisteria for those interested in history and agriculture and the Three Great Loops Tours will show off the beauty of the city. There are also a number of vineyards and wineries
that offer tours and a taste of the grape.
Cloverdale is home to a number of annual events
to help celebrate the spirit of the city. The events include the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, Sock Hop, Street Celebration Car and Motorcycle Show and the Farmers Market.