St. Dorothy's Rest
St. Dorothy's Rest is a retreat center and camp in the redwoods of west Sonoma County, close to Occidental. It was originally built in the 1930's as a retreat for handicapped children.
From San Francisco:
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and follow Highway 101 North (40 miles) to the Rohnert Park/ Hwy 116 West exit in Cotati.
Turn left under the freeway and continue on Hwy 116 (8 miles) to the town of Sebastopol.
At the stoplight in downtown Sebastopol, turn left and follow Bodega Highway (6 miles) to the Bohemian Highway at Freestone.
(Freestone is a small town nestled in a valley; it's easy to pass the turn, as you pick up speed coming downhill.)
Turn right, onto Bohemian Highway, go through Freestone to Occidental ( 3 miles). Continue through the town of Occidental and one more mile to Camp Meeker.
After passing under the big Camp Meeker sign over the road, turn left off of Bohemian Highway on Market St. (Keep an eye out for oncoming traffic as you turn, as the road bends here.)
Turn right immediately on Tower Road. Be careful, and drive slowly, as the roads are rarely more than one lane wide after this point. Keep an eye out for wider spots, because if you meet another vehicle, you may need to back up into one.
On Tower Road, go 1/10th mile, and turn right on Sequoia Ave. Look for signs on trees or posts that say "St. Dorothy's Rest" or show a Four-Leaf Clover; there are several intersections, and road names change often.
Go another 1/10th mile to the crest of Sequoia Ave., turn left, and then immediately veer right onto Railroad Ave.
After another 1/10th mile, the road starts uphill again, and the road name becomes St. Dorothy's Ave. St. Dorothy's Rest is another 1/10th mile further, at 168 St. Dorothy's Avenue.
Check at the Office or Main House for further guidance.
From the East Bay:
Take the Richmond Bridge to San Rafael. Turn north on Highway 101, then follow the directions given above.
From Santa Rosa:
Drive on Highway 12 West to Sebastopol.
Cross Highway 116 and continue on Bodega Highway to Freestone, then follow the directions given above.
Take Highway 80 toward the Bay Area.
Take Highway 37 from Vallejo to Highway 101.
Head north to the Rohnert Park/ Hwy 116 West exit in Cotati.
Exit here, turn left onto Hwy 116 West and continue using the directions from San Francisco given above.