Ever wish you could finish a 10-mile run or a long bike ride and have your favorite cold craft beer just waiting at the end of the trail?
The freshly opened Trail House is the next best thing. Nestled on Montgomery Drive around the corner from Howarth Park, the multifaceted coffeehouse/bike shop/craft beer bar is quickly becoming a popular new watering hole for locals.
“If anything it’s a throwback to what Sonoma County used to be,” said Brian Finnerty, a Healdsburg resident and avid mountain biker who frequents Trail House. “It’s a public house that is truly a public house — it’s a place for everybody to go and feel welcome.”
It’s for a community of people who always wanted a Trail House, a community extending far beyond road cyclists, tribal mountain bikers, trail running junkies and weekend warrior hikers. The real Trail House crowd? Anyone with a hankering taste for sunshine.
“My favorite things about it are the location of it and the purpose it serves at the start or end of the ride as a beer hangout or coffeehouse,” said Forrest Johnson, a mountain biker from Santa Rosa. “We haven’t had anything like it, and the vibe is very welcoming.”
The two men behind Trail House — Shane Bresnyan and Glenn Fant — have long been in the bike business. Fant owns two Santa Rosa bike shops, NorCal Bike Sport and The Bike Peddler, while Bresnyan used to manage one of the stores. Fittingly, the idea for Trail House was born during bike rides they took together.
“Sometimes we’d want to go get a beer after a long ride in Annadel and we’d find ourselves in the alley by the liquor store in Montgomery Village, and we knew there had to be something better,” said Bresnyan, who is the general manager of Trail House. “Sonoma County and our community deserves better, and that’s why this place came to be.”
For anyone who has a love affair with the collective trifecta of Howarth, Spring Lake and Trione- Annadel state parks, Trail House creates a unique appeal for locals by packaging all of their park nostalgia into a building upgraded with a retro-modern feel.
A giant map of Annadel hangs on one wall. Reclaimed wood fashioned into tree trunks on two posts in the center of the room stretches up to form branches on the ceiling. The long wooden tables were made by hand. Local beers, including brews from Russian River and Henhouse, are served on taps fashioned out of recycled skateboards.
“We have a great list of locally spun brews,” said Bresnyan.
Espresso from San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee will satisfy any caffeine addict. A small circular spot in the center marks the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the building’s location.
“When I cross that spot, I’m done with my ride,” said Bresnyan.
Running groups from local stores Fleet Feet Sports and Healdsburg Running Company have also used the Trail House as a post-run treat.
“Trail House gives me a place I can change out of wet, sweaty clothes to recharge and relax after a run in Annadel,” said John Martin, who participates in a weekend Fleet Feet trail running group. “They don’t look at me funny when I come in with muddy legs.”