Sipping into Summer Fun: A Weekend Getaway in Anderson Valley
Welcome to Lula Cellars! Where the sun is shining, the wine is flowing, and the tail-wagging never stops! Summertime is here, and we’ve got a delightful itinerary packed with the best things to do in Anderson Valley and Mendocino County. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a foodie, an adventurer, or just looking to unwind with your furry friends, we’ve got you covered.
Wine Tastings: Cheers to Pinot Noir Paradise!
Let’s start with what we do best—wine! Anderson Valley is renowned for its exquisite Pinot Noir, and we’re proud to be at the heart of it all. Take a leisurely stroll through our lush vineyards and witness the love and care that goes into producing world-class Pinot Noir. Our estate and single-vineyard offerings from Mendocino County are sure to delight your palate.
Prefer other varietals? Fear not—we also have Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay!
Sip, savor, and let the warm summer breeze whisk your worries away. Book your reservations ahead of time or stop by for a walk-in during our open hours: daily from 11-5pm.
Delightful Dining: A Culinary Adventure
After indulging in some exquisite wines, it’s time to satisfy your taste buds with the flavors of the valley. Here are some options for great places to eat in Anderson Valley:
- Ledford House (Albion): Spectacular ocean views and terrific food (carries Lula wine!).
- Luna Trattoria (Mendocino): A little piece of Italy with warm hospitality (carries Lula wine!).
- Cucina Verona (Fort Bragg): Charming trattoria with a snug, colorful bar offering classic Italian eats, brunch & live music (carries Lula wine!).
- Lauren’s at The Buckhorn (Boonville): Delicious, locally sourced meals.
- Lemon’s Market (Philo): A one-stop shop for fresh produce, snacks, sandwiches, and daily catches from Mr. Lemon’s fishing boat.
- Trillium Cafe (Mendocino): Enjoy locally grown food with stunning ocean views on-site or in fully sanitized picnic boxes.
Cozy Lodging: Stays with a View
Rest and rejuvenation await at the charming accommodations in Anderson Valley. Some of our personal favorites in the area include The Boonville Hotel, Indian Creek Inn, and Anderson Valley Inn For those seeking a touch of luxury on the coast, try Little River Inn or Heritage House which is a pet-friendly hotel with ocean views right outside your room. Prefer a more rustic experience? The Farm Stay Inn at Blackbird Farm will allow you to indulge in homemade farm meals and coffee in their 100-year-old farmhouse, followed by a stroll through the neighboring Redwood forest.
Pooch Paradise: Dog-Friendly Adventures
At Lula Cellars, we love our four-legged friends just as much as our wines. Anderson Valley (the Lula estate included) is a paradise for dogs too! Take a stroll along the Navarro River and let your best furiend splash around in the cool waters. For a more challenging hike, explore the Hendy Woods State Park, boasting picturesque trails shaded by ancient redwoods.
Explore Mendocino’s Coastal Beauty
No summer trip is complete without some beach time! Head to Mendocino Coast, a short drive from Anderson Valley, and revel in the beauty of glassy beaches, rocky cliffs, and stunning sunsets. Make a stop at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, where sea glass sparkles like gems on the shore, a result of decades of tumbled trash turned into treasure by the sea.
Farmers’ Markets: Taste the Bounty of the Land
Summer in Mendocino County means fresh produce and vibrant farmers’ markets. Sample delicious fruits, artisanal cheeses, and homemade goodies at the areas many weekly farmers markets. Grab a picnic basket, stock up on local delicacies, and head out for a delightful afternoon among nature.
In Anderson Valley and Mendocino County, summertime is the perfect time for exploring, tasting, and soaking in the laid-back charm. Come join us at Lula Cellars for an unforgettable weekend getaway or a fun family trip. Raise a glass with us, and let the magic of summer fill your heart and glass with joy!