Things to do in Anderson Valley (when you end up there for a wedding)

Welcome to Anderson Valley! From Cloverdale to Philo, The Redwood Wedding will overtake the region like a Dothraki army.

You may not have thought you’d ever visit this part of Northern California, but now that you’re here, there’s lots of great stuff to do when you’re not partying with us…

Places to drink

WINE:

We once told an Anderson Valley local that we were heading to Napa to wine taste. She looked at us like we had just shot her dog, and asked “Why the hell would go there!?” It’s a good point. Wine-tasting in the Anderson Valley makes Napa look like a giant tourist trap. It’s a glorious pinot region, the people are amazing, and the wineries aren’t slammed with thousands of visitors. We recommend stringing a few places together to make for a perfect afternoon. There are plenty of great choices, but here are some of our favorite can’t-miss spots…

Goldeneye — If you’re going to hit one winery in Anderson Valley, it’s hard to beat Goldeneye. Yes, there’s a tasting fee and the bottles are pricey, but it’s well worth it for the fantastic wines and the gorgeous setting. It’s also Megan’s mom’s favorite.

Husch — We’ve been a fan of Husch for a long time. There’s no tasting fee at this cozy little tasting room and they have a lot of mid-range wines to purchase. We’ll be featuring two of their reds at our wedding!

Toulouse — This is one of Megan’s favorite wine tasting spots. Not only is it a charming location, but the wines are great, and there are usually dogs to pet!

Pennyroyal Farm — Feeling peckish while you’re wine-tasting? Hit up Pennyroyal and order a cheese tasting along with your vino. If you have the time, ask for a tour of their property. The tour includes adorable goats!

Navarro — Their tasting menu is free and extensive. We bet there are a couple wines you may have never tried before, including juices for kids and non-drinkers. They also have picnic benches and amazing views, so you could make it your lunch spot.

Philo Ridge — All their wines are Vegan and delicious. We particularly like their whites, which is why we are serving their Chardonnay at our wedding!

Foursight — Mike and Megan liked this winery so much that they’ve been members of their wine club for the past year.

Balo — If you like pinots, you should visit Balo. If you like drinking pinots while playing bocce ball, then you should DEFINITELY visit Balo.

Lichen Estate — After bravely tasting half the wines in the Anderson Valley, Megan found some of her favorites here.

BEER:

Tell someone you’re going to a wedding in the Anderson Valley, and a frequent response is  “Anderson Valley… Like the brewery?” Now you can say yes. Like the brewery…

Anderson Valley Brewing Company — People all over the country love this flavorful beer. Maybe you will to? They have a fun indoor/outdoor tasting room – and a nearby field dedicated to the majesty of disc golf.

Cloverdale Ale Company — We haven’t visited this place yet, but it’s apparently the best place for beer and pub fare in Cloverdale.

Places to eat

South of Redwood House:

Yorkville Market — This lovely market space has healthy food, Friday night happy hours, and regular weekend brunches. Blink and you’ll miss Yorkville, so this is your only option for food for miles.

Piacere Ristorante Italiano — A nice Italian spot in downtown Cloverdale. We haven’t been there, but we’ve heard good things!

La Hacienda Restaurant — Family-style Mexican that one Yelp reviewer called the “perfect Mexican food fix for the middle of nowhere.”

Hamburger Ranch — Locally-loved hamburgers, pasta, and BBQ.

North of Redwood House:

Lauren’s — Local ingredients, a dynamic menu, sweet staff, and sometimes live entertainment, right in the heart of Boonville.

Lisbby’s — Traditional Mexican. They relocated from a locally-loved spot in Philo to new digs in Boonville, and changed half their name to reflect the move. As you do.

Boont Berry Farm — Local ingredients and healthy food (lunch only).

Boonville Hotel — Fine dining, reservations required.

Lemon’s Philo Market — A small grocery store with delicious sandwiches made-to-order in the back.

Mosswood Market — Cute little cafe in the middle of Boonville. They have sandwiches, wraps, and hipster coffee. Eat at the market, or grab some picnic options to eat at a winery or Hendy Woods.

Speaking of which…

Hiking

Hiking in Hendy Woods State Park — Hendy Woods is a state park located in the Anderson Valley along the Navarro River. It’s known for its old-growth coast redwoods, and they are pretty damn impressive. They’re also really hard to capture if you’re trying to take a selfie in front of one.

The Redwood House tour — If you have time to stay after eating brunch with us on Sunday, please join us as we take a stroll from Redwood House to Mike’s uncle’s adjoining property. It’s the route Mike’s been hiking since he was a boy.