DAY 1: Explore the Anderson Valley and a Enjoy a Day of Wine Tasting.
Wake up and enjoy a leisurely cup of Nespresso coffee, yogurt and granola in suite before you head out to explore the Valley. Take a winery map of the area with you as you head out from your homebase at The Madrones you can enjoy a morning walk or jog on Anderson Valley way between the property and the town of Boonville. Another option is a hike up Peachland Road and enjoy the sweeping views of the valley and vineyards. From here you drive into the town of Boonville and have a late Breakfast or early lunch at The General Store located across from the Boonville Hotel. Take time to walk the town, shop at Farmhouse Chicks Antiques and The Mercantile. On Saturdays, there is a small farmers market in town. From here you can take the afternoon and visit some of the 25 tasting rooms in the Anderson Valley. We also encourage you to explore the adjacent Yorkville highlands area and visit Maple Creek Winery or Meyers Cellars. After an afternoon of wine tasting, head back to The Madrones and relax at your guest quarters or on the property. In the evening, stay close to home and dine at Stone and Embers or make a reservation at The Bewildered Pig or Aquarelle.
DAY 2: Explore the Coast and the Villages of Mendocino & Elk.
One of California’s most spectacular coastlines is only a 35 minute drive away. There a couple ways to get there, but we suggest taking a leisurely loop starting on the Greenwood/ Philo road. Before you cross the bridge, stop at The Philo Apple Farm and check out their farm stand which sells fruit, chutneys, jams and juice from the farm. As you continue towards Elk stop at Hendy Woods State Park right after the Bridge. Hendy Woods State Park features two virgin redwood groves; Big Hendy with a self-guided discovery trail and Little Hendy. The Navarro River runs the length of the park.
At the end of your drive on this quiet county road you will reach the town of Elk and the Mendocino Coastline. There are a couple options to dine here, one of our favorites is Queenies Roadside Cafe’ for breakfast or brunch. Your other option is to continue on to the town of Mendocino where there are numerous lunch options. We have several suggestions, depending what you are in the mood for. As you head north on Hwy. 1 you will reach the village of Mendocino. Take time to stroll Main Street and browse the many boutique shops. Make sure to visit “Salley Mac” and the curiosity and game store “Out of this World” where you can find one of a kind items. For the drive home, head south on Hwy. 1 and take Hwy. 128 through the forest of old growth redwoods which leads back to Anderson Valley. That evening have a casual dinner at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville.
DAY 3: Relax and Stay Close to Home.
Wake up and dedicate the day to relax and recharge, you can even leave the car behind and venture out on foot. Take a leisurely hike through our neighbor Indian Creek Park and venture up Indian Creek Road. Relax on the grounds with a book or stroll the rose garden. If you are feeling like brunch, The Bewildered Pig has brunch (first Sundays only during the slow season—check their website), Lemon's Market makes a mean sandwich and has plenty of picnic fixings, or grab a panini from Mosswood Market in Boonville. As a guest on the property, have a complimentary tasting at the small lot wine tasting rooms on the property, Drew and Smith Story. Head next door to Goldeneye winery and sit out on the terrace overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards. Then head across the road to Balo Vineyards and take in a game of Bocce Ball as you enjoy a glass of their Rose court side. For dinner make a reservation for a special evening at The Bewildered Pig or Table 128 @ The Boonville Hotel.
One reason that Anderson Valley is the ideal retreat for travelers is it's central location to a host of attractions, including some of California's most beautiful State Parks. The following is a list of our favorite day trips within and outside Anderson Valley.