Anderson Valley sits about 155 miles or three hours driving time North of San Francisco but feels decades away in time. Its lazy days of warm Indian summer weather offers many opportunities for both the wine drinker, the beer drinker, nature lover and the romantic. The valley is filled with rolling hills shaded by Oak and Madrone trees. It’s home to apple orchards, vineyards, hiking trails and colorful wildflowers.
According to Food and Wine Magazine, ” The Anderson Valley may be one of the best places in the country to grow Pinot Noir.”
☛ Pennyroyal Farmstead
Committed to producing handcrafted cheeses exclusively from goats and sheep that are raised at the family farm. The pampered animals munch on wild grasses and pennyroyal mint that blanket our sixty-six-acre farmstead and vineyard in Boonville. Their milk is transferred twice daily to the adjacent creamery in small containers ensuring that their cheese is made from the freshest milk possible. Call ahead to schedule a tour at 707-895-2410. Remember to buy some cheese for a picnic or to enjoy at sunset. They are located at 14930 Hwy 128, Boonville.
☛ Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Doing the same since 1987, they still brew their world-class and award-winning Ales in huge copper vessels. Tours of the brewery are daily at 1:30 and 3 PM. After your tour, try your hand on the disc golf course. It’s become wildly popular, and it’s so easy to play that just about anyone of any age can enjoy it. This is a great place to sit and enjoy a picnic.
For an awe-inspiring experience, come gaze at the towering 1,500-year-old Redwood trees along the park’s Upper Loop trail. Hendy Woods is noted for two breathtaking groves: Big Hendy, which is 80 acres and includes a self-guided discovery trail, and Little Hendy, which covers 20 acres of hiking trails. A day use area offers gorgeous views and picnic sites. (707) 895-3141 Located off of Greenwood Ridge Road in Philo.
☛ Stone and Embers
They make a maximum of 60 pizzas each day and they frequently sell out early. Their pizza and bread are naturally leavened, mixed and shaped by hand, and are made with organic grain our ingredients are mostly local and sourced from the best places possible. Open Friday/Sat./Sun./Mon. 12-4. Located inside The Madrones at 9000 Hwy 128, Philo (707) 895-3471. Dinner options; Buckhorn Saloon offers pub fare with 14 beers on tap. Lauren’s is where the locals go and they offer comfort foods with the local wine selection. Both restaurants are in Boonville.
☛Stony Bottom Cottages
Quiet and private cottages amongst 5 1/2 acres of lush gardens and art sculptures. It offers a full kitchen, dining area, fireplace, CA king size bed and a deck for sunset viewing. Ginger and Walt are the “perfect” hosts and are fountains of wealth on the local history. $235/night and reservations are made at (707) 895-9424, 13400 Anderson Valley Way, Boonville.
It’s s time to plan a weekend getaway and experience the Anderson Valley for yourself!