The Anderson Valley is experiencing a pretty sweet moment: its wines are varied and exceptional, its community is passionate about local food, and its visitors are plentiful enough to allow for a creative mix of dining options but not enough to crowd out the atmosphere of rural serenity. If you're planning to visit, we heartily recommend the following:
Hendy Woods is a must-see for visitors to the valley. With a recently refurbished day use area and a number of trails to take you through the towering redwoods, as well as pretty spots by the river to sit and ponder the quiet beauty around you, this state park will renew your spirit and revive your peace of mind.
Pennyroyal Farm has not been open to the public long, and already it welcomes a full crowd to its twice daily tours. Stop by to meet the goats (each one has a name), taste some cheese (and wines!), and see up close the magical process that turns sheep and goat milk into a wide variety of hard and soft cheeses.
The Apple Farm farm stand offers fresh fruit in season, mainly apples from their over 80 varieties of heirloom apple trees. Pick up some chutneys, jams, apple cider vinegar, and other goodies when you're there. And if there's apple cider syrup, grab it! That stuff sells out quick.
WHERE TO STAY
There are a number of lodging options in Anderson Valley — here are some of our favorites:
- The Madrones
- The Brambles
- Boonville Hotel
- Anderson Valley Inn
- Brewery Gulch Inn
- Indian Creek Inn
- Blue Door Inn
- Packard House
- MacCallum House