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Anderson Valley & Boonville - California

 

Rustic Wine Country

Twenty-five miles northwest of the Cloverdale turnoff on Highway 101, Boonville is the center of an agricultural area based on orchards and sheep farming. Recently, the establishment of a growing wine industry here has broadened the economy and brought many more travelers to the Anderson Valley.

The valley is the newest and a fast-growing wine region, boasting new wineries each year. A tour of the valley offers much in the way of winery visiting and wine tasting.

West of Philo, Greenwood Road offers a sideroad drive south of the Navarro River. This is a scenic alternative way to get to the coast.

Boontling

Not always friendly to visitors, Boonville residents invented a language of their own in the late 1800s -- called "Boontling" -- to keep their conversations private. The language has become a part of the valley folklore. There's a handy guide to Boontling titled A Slib of Lorey (A Little Bit of Folklore) available at local stores. The telephone is "telef" or "Buckey Walter;" men are "kimmies"; women are "dames"; a meal is a "gorm."

Where to Stay and Eat

 Boonville boasts several good restaurants, and the outstanding Anderson Valley Brewery, supplying some of the best microbrews in the country.

Boonville is home to 700 people and has several good bed and breakfast homes. Toll House Inn (707-895-3650) is the best of the lot&emdash;a 1912 Victorian farmhouse on 360 acres with fireplaces in the rooms, a garden with a hot tub, antique furnishings, and full breakfast is served.. Dinner is available in the excellent restaurant. Another fine place to stay is the Anderson Creek Inn (707-893-3091) a modern ranch house with four rooms, fireplaces, swimming pool, library, bicycles for exploring the countryside and full breakfast. Picnic baskets are available on request.

Bear Wallow Resort (707-895-3335) is four miles west of town on Mountain View Road with one and two-bedroom cabins set in the redwoods. Prices are moderate, including the cost of meals served in the Dinner House restaurant.. The restaurant is closed during winter months.

New Boonville Hotel is a rustic and ramshackle place, which has quite a remarkable restaurant with California cuisine the specialty, using locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, plus local lamb).

West of Boonville, Philo marks the beginning of the winery area and here the Anderson Valley Inn (707-855-3325) provides B& B accommodations in its seven rooms. The inn is located on Hwy. 128 ($). Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast (707-895-2961) has four rooms in a modern home with a swimming pool.

The Anderson Valley has become home to a growing group of artists and crafts people. Philo Pottery Inn (707-895-3069) offers the intriguing combination of a bed & breakfast operation with a pottery gallery and store that displays local crafts.

 

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