Anderson Valley For Wine & Redwood Trees

This article is the third in a series featuring wine and Coastal Redwoods in a wine country getaway. Head to the Anderson Valley for wine and Redwoods. Why we love the Redwoods and Why you will, too The Coastal Redwood trees are some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. When you walk … Read more

Why You Should Visit Navarro Vineyards

Why you should visit the Navarro Vineyards in the Anderson Valley Small and Family-owned winery Sustainable farming practices Outstanding wines including Alsace varieties Unbelievable vineyard views Nicest people working the tasting room No fees for tasting wines Other quaint wineries nearby in the Anderson Valley Navarro Vineyards is one of our favorite wineries to visit. We … Read more

Artevino – Maple Creek Winery

Art and Vino at Maple Creek Winery Once in a while, a wine traveler will feel the need for something different in a winery.  A visit to Artevino – Maple Creek Winery is one of those wine experiences that will linger. Artevino winery is off the beaten path in the Yorkville Highlands AVA. Yorkville Highlands is in … Read more

Travelog – Mendocino Wine Country for Wine and Food Lovers

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

We are just back from a two-night trip to Mendocino County. Our last time in Mendocino County, we visited the area of Hopland and wineries on the Hopland Wine Trail. On this trip, our adventures took us to the Anderson Valley on Highway 128 and on to the romantic town of Mendocino on the Pacific Coast. Both … Read more

McFadden becomes Blue Quail

McFadden becomes Blue Quail – Hopland Happenings If Healdsburg wine country is getting too crowded for your getaway, try Hopland, California. Hopland is 35 minutes north of Healdsburg on Highway 101. There are several wineries and tasting rooms in the Hopland area. The wineries in the Hopland area are mostly small and family-owned and farmed … Read more

Lula Cellars in the Anderson Valley – Pinot Noir

Lula Cellars in the Anderson Valley – Pinot Noir is plentiful If you are a Pinot Noir enthusiast, the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is where you want to go for a wine country getaway. Between the unconventional towns of Boonville and Navarro on Highway 128 are 18 gorgeous miles of vineyard land and wineries specializing in … Read more

The Wondrous Mariah Vineyards – Mendocino Ridge AVA

Mariah vineyards mendocino ridge

A wine country getaway for the curious and adventurous wine traveler is a trip up to Mountain View Road in Mendocino County. Mountain View Road runs between the town of Manchester on Highway 1 near Point Arena to Boonville, a curious town in the heart of  Mendocino’s Anderson Valley wine country.  Mountain View Road is very twisty … Read more

Escape Napa Valley and Sonoma

There are restaurants and lodging in the Anderson Valley, but they are somewhat limited. We recommend the Boonville Hotel or The Madrones. Many travelers like to explore the wineries in the Anderson Valley and then continue on another hour to Highway 1 and the quaint and romantic town of Mendocino.

Wine Adventures in Hopland – Mendocino County

Is the Hopland Wine Country on the rise? There are some interesting happenings in this little wine country town about 30 minutes north of Healdsburg. Janelle and I have been visiting Hopland at least once a year since 2000. We have seen the area go through its ups and downs, but on this last visit it looks like things could be jumping in Hopland.

The most notable change is the redo of Lawson Station Hotel by husband-wife team Gary Breen and Anna Beuselinck. They have reopened the hotel, which was closed shortly after it opened in 2007. The hotel, including its restaurant, has been given a facelift and the new digs are called Piazza del Campovida. Full operation is set to go any day now.

Gary and Ann also purchased the Fetzer Valley Oaks Center that has been closed to the public for at least five years. The new name is Campovida, and the grounds and tasting room are first class as are the Rhone wines produced here. Gary and Anna are hoping Campovida will not only attract a huge following of wine lovers but are also optimistic that it will become a popular venue for weddings and conference events. There is a set of cottages on the property that can accommodate folks for events and that is a big plus for the area. Campovida is located east of the town, about one and a quarter miles on Highway 175. Tasting room is open daily 11 to 5 pm. This is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

The Bocce courts at Campovida

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Hopland Inn and the Wineries of Hopland

We have been to the old Hopland Inn on four occasions beginning in 2003. There is something about this old Victorian mansion that keeps us going back for more. But after our last visit, we may not visit again. First, a little history: The inn opened in 1890 and was called the Thatcher Inn, owned … Read more