"We had a terrific weekend at Ravenridge. Couldn't have asked for a better 10 year anniversary."
Planning Your Visit
Healdsburg: Big John's is located at the north end of town to the east of 101 off the Dry Creek Road exit. It has an excellent butcher, good wine selection, conventional and organic produce cheeses, deli, and specialty food items, as well as grocery basics. The Shed is one block north and one block west of the town square. Find gourmet treats here along with a wide array of housewares and other temptations.
Cloverdale: Ray's Food Place is the basic go-to grocery store in town. Located in the shopping center just beyond the Chevron and Shell stations near the South Cloverdale Blvd exit. All the basics plus a good produce section.
Yorkville: Discover the recently re-furbished Yorkville Market with local wines, deli sandwiches, coffee, ice cream cones, picnic area, and basic grocery items. Ask for the proprietor, Lisa, and tell her we sent you.
Gowan's Oak Tree is an old-time farm stand featuring homegrown and local Anderson Valley produce. Located 2.5 miles west of Philo heading toward the coast.
The Apple Farm on the Philo-Greenwood Road is worth the detour. The honor system farm stand features organic apples, bottle juice, preserves, and seasonal produce. The beautiful gardens, grounds and orchards surround guest cottages and the cooking school.
Cloverdale: 101 Thaiway is tucked away behind the Shell gas station and Starbucks just off 101 at the South Cloverdale Blvd exit. Great food; highly recommended. Savvy on First Street is just off Cloverdale Blvd. in the downtown area. Open for Breakfast and Lunch daily (closed Mondays); features delectable homemade baked goods. Piacere is Cloverdale's mainstay ristorante italiano.
Hopland: A 15 minutes drive along sleepy Mountain House Road puts you at the south end of this town. The Bluebird Cafe is a traditional breakfast and lunch spot with old-time goodness, generous portions, and delicious food (save room for pie.) The Piazza de Campovida on the main drag is a pizzeria and taverna worth a visit. It's connected to the Campovida organic farm and winery about a mile out of town. Tasting room, expansive grounds with bocce, picnic spots, and miles of paths to explore through the gardens.
Geyserville: Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria cures its own meats. In addition to fantastic pizzas from the wood-burning oven the menu boasts a range of items. Catelli's is described as a "California-inspired Italian restaurant in the heart of Sonoma County". Terrific patio for summer dining.
Boonville Lauren's is our local favorite with delicious meals, a very cordial atmosphere, featured local artists' work, and fun activities like Trivia night, movie night, and live performances. Always a good time at Lauren's. The Boonville Hotel is a special occasion destination. The elegant dining room offers a prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced foods. Enjoy outdoor seating in summer and wander through the beautifully tended gardens. Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar offers another fine dining experience with an intimate ambiance. The menu is creative and changes frequently with seasonal ingredients.
Philo Stone & Embers is the perfect lunchtime stop while exploring Anderson Valley. Located in the beautiful Madrones compound that houses four premium wine-tasting rooms and luxury B&B. Libby's is a local favorite for delicious Mexican cuisine.
Wine tasting recommendations
The wine tasting rooms on our list are there because we like them. We have friendly relationships with many of these growers and vintners and their tasting room staff.
Yorkville Highlands is the appellation in which Ravenridge is located and we enjoy the wines made by our friends. Three winery tasting rooms are within 15 minutes of us. Yorkville Cellars, organic vineyards and wines, featuring Bordeaux varietals; Maple Creek Winery, the home of Artevino and our house wine, Cowboy Red; Meyer Family Cellars produces beautiful wines in a welcoming environment. The Yorkville Market is emerging as a social crossroads of our small community. It is a convenient location for tasting and purchasing a selection of wines from the Yorkville Highlands.
The appellation to the northwest of Yorkville Highlands at lower elevations and with more coastal influence is Anderson Valley, famed for its Pinot Noir and Alsation style white wines. There are many fine tasting rooms to explore, but here are a few of our favorites.
Boonville Foursight; fantastic Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and more. A great multi-generational family story here.
Philo The Madrones houses four fine tasting rooms Bink boasts hand-crafted wines from the Yorkville Highland, despite the tasting room's location in Philo. Drew is also from an adjoining higher elevation appellation, Mendocino Ridge, with excellent Pinots. Knez, and Signal Ridge complete the quartet. Balo is located directly across from the Madrones. It addition to its superb wines, the tasting room ceiling is enlivened by a collection of large wine festival original artworks, created by Ravenridge proprietor Gerald Reis. Goldeneye, Toulose, Navarro, Handley
Boonville Anderson Valley Brewing Company, the pride of the valley with tastings and tours.
Ukiah Mendocino Brewing Company, the home of Red Tail Ale, among many other brews.
Hendy Woods State Park; Coastal Beaches
Orr Hot Springs Spa