6191 Sonoma Highway
Santa Rosa , CA 95409
It’s fitting that this Santa Rosa gem has two names. Call it Valley of the Moon Pottery or North Eagle Gallery—whatever it is, it’s a free-spirited, anything-goes kind of spot. The sort of place (founded by hippy artists who met at a modern dance class) where you go to find some peace. And some pottery. And maybe a Christmas tree.
Yes, we said Christmas tree. In addition to selling pottery and teaching pottery classes ($125 for a series of four), Caryn Fried and Wayne Reynolds also operate a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm, where stump cultured cutting (you leave the few bottom branches so a new tree grows from the same stump) continues that whole “renewal vibe.” And, of course, that pottery makes pretty good gifting as well.
You’ll have to drive (to transport your tree). Green it by making sure your car is tuned and all extra cargo is removed, so you burn as little fuels as possible.