This weekend, we're heading to Boonville, an amazing little town in Mendocino County. Ian's aunt and uncle live there, so we've spent Thanksgivings there over the years and try to visit a few times a year. I'm so looking forward to a few days of relaxation. See below for my mini guide to the area.
We stay with family, but always stop into the Boonville Hotel for dinner or drinks. Located in downtown Boonville, it was built in 1862 and is beyond charming. I've also always wanted to stay at Sea Ranch up the coast.
Honestly, we do a lot of cooking in Boonville because Ian's family is full of amazing cooks, but we do have a few favorite spots (including the aforementioned Boonville Hotel). One of our go-tos for breakfast or lunch is Mosswood Market, and Paysanne has the best ice cream. On day trips to Mendocino we always stop at Queenie's in Elk. The little market down the street has great sandwiches, too.
We always stop into Anderson Valley Brewing Company for a tasting, and I always try to get my hands on some Bite Hard Cider when we're in town. It's a local cider that's crisp and semi dry, not at all sweet. Anderson Valley is known for it's wine, specifically Pinot Noir. Ian's aunt worked at Hanley Cellars for years so its a favorite, but I also have Goldeneye and Husch on my list.
We always stop into Philo Apple Farm, a working farm owned by good friends of Linda and Andy. The family actually started the French Laundry in Yountville before selling it to a little known chef named Thomas Keller (ha!) and decamping to Mendocino. Fun fact: apparently Keller still buys apples from the farm.The same family owns Farmhouse Mercantile, where I've picked up some of the best gifts over the years.
There are so many day trips from Boonville. During our last visit, we checked out the newly protected Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands, and Hendy Woods is full of redwoods and can't be missed.
Images of Philo Apple Farm