Boonville is for lovers. Here are 8 of the most romantic activities in Boonville for a vacation you two will never forget.
Decades before we moved to Boonville and opened our very own Inn and wedding venue, we fell in love with Boonville on a trip to Anderson Valley for a friend’s birthday weekend. I’ll never forget the breathtaking views the first time I drove up Highway 128: blue skies, undulating hillsides, and trees dripping with Spanish moss. The longer we drove, the more the stress just melted away. When we arrived in Boonville, we learned it has all the makings of a perfect wine country weekend: Provence-like patio terraces, beautiful gardens, farmhouse-chic barns, and award-winning wineries. Here’s how to make the most of your vacation to one of the most romantic places in Northern California.
1. Wine tasting
It wouldn’t be a trip to the wine country without some wine tasting, right? Anderson Valley is known for Pinot Noir, but several vintners have created their own sparkling options. Not into wine? Check out the apothecary experience at The Bohemian Chemist, specializing in Mendocino County’s original industry, cannabis.
2. Pop the question
Ready to propose? Boonville offers endless romantic views and quiet moments for an unforgettable proposal. Stoney Bottom’s enchanting gardens are the perfect setting for a truly romantic and one-of-a-kind proposal. Ask us about our Anderson Valley proposal package. We’ll coordinate a VIP visit to an Anderson Valley winery for the two of you to celebrate your engagement in style. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable in-room breakfast the morning following your proposal.
3. Elope or renew your vows
Have you always dreamt of a romantic wine-country wedding? Thinking of a memorable way to renew your vows? Stoney Bottom offers small wedding and elopement packages which include your ceremony and officiation in the gardens, a 2-night stay, wedding cake, floral bouquet and boutonniere, and professional wedding coordination. Unlike large weddings, these don’t take years to plan. We can even arrange a private dinner in the gardens following your wedding ceremony!
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4. Pack a picnic
There’s something undeniably sweet about packing a basket of snacks and a bottle of wine and setting off for a romantic picnic. We suggest driving out to the ocean for the afternoon, or finding a quiet nook near the Navarro River. If you’re staying at Stoney Bottom, you can make life easy and spread out a blanket anywhere in our 6-acres of private gardens.
5. Strolls and hikes
The Anderson Valley countryside offers so many opportunities for quality time together. We recommend a stroll down Anderson Valley Way (for the best views, park at the Elementary school and head north). For an Instagram-worthy hike, weave through the giant redwoods at Hendy Woods.
6. Dinner by candlelight
There’s nothing better than enjoying great local cuisine and even better wines while basking in the ambiance of a charming setting. We love paella nights at the Boonville Hotel and seasonal dinners in the garden at the Philo Apple Farm. When you stay with us, we’ll also let you know about pop-up dinners and other foodie spots to check out.
6. Relax with an in-room massage
Our preferred massage therapists banish any lingering stress. Guests of Stoney Bottom simply need to let us know they’re interested in booking an in-room massage and we’ll put you in touch with some of our favorite massage therapists who serve Boonville and Anderson Valley.
Our guests usually have grand plans for a romantic weekend in Boonville, only to find that they don’t want to leave Stoney Bottom once they arrive! It’s perfectly and completely romantic to spend the weekend enjoying breakfast in bed, reading a book by the fire, having a glass of wine on your deck, and strolling the property at dusk.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to cherish each other’s company, you’ll find many romantic experiences in Boonville. Book your stay, pack your bags, uncork the wine, and let the good times roll.