Need a pre-summer fix?
Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things.
When winter lingerings on like this, the Flying Goat Coffee is the place to lounge sipping a hot chai latte while watching the trains cruise by. The Goat, as it’s referred to by the locals, sits nestled in one of the oldest buildings in Sonoma County. The stacked stone monolith, built in the late 1800s, stands majestically as commander-in-chief of Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.
The Goat lives just across the street from the old Santa Rosa Train Depot. There are also two locations in Healdsburg near the square. It anchors the railroad track as if it’s the end of the line. Reality is, the Goat is where everything begins.
While commuters bustle through at the crack of dawn, tourist shuffle through all day, offering plenty of people watching. It’s the perfect place to start the day – with a chai latte and a gluten-free banana bread pastry perhaps. The Goat just may be the only place in town that crafts artisan gluten-free pastries. Their chai latte, consistently delicious, is made with all natural ingredients, and of course, the froth artwork is icing on the cake.
The Goat in Railroad Square is the town pinnacle where the east side meets the west side. A ray of sunshine in an unexpected space. The stark interior, restored to a 1920’s black and white art deco decor, pops with bright yellow accents and a 50 feet high ceiling that hugs its guests with a bright picture window enclave.
On sunny days a brick patio, shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees, is sprinkled with bistro tables patrons and pets.
Photo by Courtney Paige
For now, we’ll take the spicy chai, skip the rain, pine for the sunshine and head to Flying Goat Coffee in Railroad Square.