Anderson Valley

The region known as Anderson Valley is located in Mendocino County, just a little over two hours by road from the San Francisco Bay Area. It comprises four small towns along the Navarro River: Yorkville with its population of 50~100, Navarro with some 75~100 residents, Philo numbering 400~500 people, and Boonville with a head count of 700~900.

The valley varies in elevation from 260 to 950 feet above sea level. It is sixteen miles long and between a half mile and a mile and a half wide. At its easternmost end, there are sheep pastures and vineyards. Forests of oak and pine can also be seen covering the surrounding hills. To the west, stately redwoods flank a road that follows the Navarro River on its way to the Pacific Ocean. The landscape alone is considered a tourist attraction here.

Anderson Valley produces a number of award-winning wines, and tastings are offered at the local vineyards. Outdoor activities are also highly valued, including hiking and camping on state lands and swimming in the calm eddies of the river. There are annual festivals for beer, wine, and wildflowers, a farmer's market during the summer months, occasional music performances, and plenty of high school sports, followed enthusiastically by local residents.

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