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Weekend Drive through California Wine Country

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs.

Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg

Farm stands and family-run tasting rooms instead of faux châteaux: the word on Northern California’s Anderson Valley is that it’s what Napa used to be 30 years ago. The nearby town of Healdsburg acts as a sophisticated jumping-off point for this rural paradise, whose remote location and sleepy vibe are tempered by the buzz surrounding its wines. This is a destination tailor-made for the golden days of Indian summer.

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Destinations: Boonville · Healdsburg · Philo · Sausalito

Themes: Road Trip · Food + Drink

Inspired by: 3 West Coast Weekend Getaways — by Irene Edwards, Published Sep. 2009

Hotels (5)

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    Other Place

    With just four cottages on 550 acres, it’s easy to find solitude at the Other Place, hidden more than a mile down an unpaved road. The décor is del

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    Boonville Hotel

    A modern roadhouse where each of the 10 colorful rooms features hillside views.

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    Philo Apple Farm

    The folks at the Philo Apple Farm once owned the French Laundry; now they grow 80 varieties of apples and rent out four charming cottages. Everythi

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    Hotel Healdsburg

    Healdsburg’s historic downtown got a big dose of modern chic when this hotel opened in 2002, right on the main square. The property has a sophistic

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    Duchamp Hotel, Healdsburg

    Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s main

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    Libby’s

    Fresh ingredients and a surprisingly good wine list set Libby's apart from your average Mexican restaurant. The carnitas are excellent, but so is t

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    Mosswood Market & Café

    As in a small-town version of Cheers, you’ll see the same faces reading the paper or tucking into a bowl of homemade granola.

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    Bovolo Restaurant

    Pig is something of an obsession at this petite café at the back of Copperfield’s Books. You can get the house-made bacon on a salad, in a sandwich

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    Cyrus

    Sonoma Valley dining doesn’t get any finer than it does here, at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant set in Healdsburg’s Hotel Le Mars. The dining

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    Esterlina Vineyards & Winery

    Located in the hills, with panoramic views. Tastings are accompanied by bowls of Goldfish and Cheetos—a savory (if irreverent) touch.

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    Husch Vineyards

    An Anderson Valley pioneer, housed in a charmingly rustic converted barn.

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    Navarro Vineyards & Winery

    A popular draw for its affordable whites and outdoor picnic tables under trellised grapevines.

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    Toulouse Vineyards

    Founded by retired fire captain Vern Boltz, this small, deceptively humble operation produces much-lauded wines and exceptional grapes.

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    Phillips Hill Estates Winery

    Remarkable Pinots made by artist Toby Hill (grab his ’07 Marguerite—if you can get it).

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    Breggo Cellars

    The name means “sheep” in Boontling—a nod to the property’s former life as one of the oldest sheep ranches in the region.

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    Bates & Mailliard Farmhouse Mercantile

    This well-curated general store turns everyday items like Mason jars and balls of twine into exquisite collectibles.

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    14feet

    Vintage furnishings with an industrial-meets-schoolhouse bent (drafting tables, Thonet chairs) are arranged into photo-ready vignettes.

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    Arboretum

    The most fashion-forward boutique in town specializes in stylish, sustainable attire for men and women—from organic cotton T-shirts by Turk + Taylo

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    Lemons’ Market

    Tom Lemons sells his own line-caught salmon.

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    Heath Ceramics Factory Store

    Known for iconic tableware that’s a favorite with modern-design fans and magazine prop stylists.

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    Standish Wine Company

    Up the road in Philo, you can also visit the most photogenic tasting room in the valley, in a 19th-century wooden building once used for drying app

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    Anderson Valley Brewing

     Award-winning beers, plus seasonal releases (look for the Deep Enders Dark Porter).

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    Roederer Estate

    From the French makers of Cristal: sparkling wines at a much more budget-friendly price, in the valley’s poshest setting.

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