My wife and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary. She'd always wanted to go to Napa. I had originally booked a ridiculously cheap Comfort Inn in Fairfield.
"Comfort Inn?" she asked, giving me the look that's become so familiar in 2.5 decades.
"It was a great deal! And it's really close to a lot of vineyards."
The look again.
I decided it prudent to cancel that reservation and see what else I could find. If you're looking for a darling little inn or B&B, you'll find a ton of them. And if you're willing to spend $300 a night, it's no problem.
Then I found the Anderson Valley Inn. It's definitely no frills. They don't even have TVs. But it was darling enough to get me out of the Comfort Inn dog house. Now, the Anderson Valley might seem a bit off the beaten path, but we did Napa vineyards and we did Anderson Valley's and we have to say that the laid-back tasting-room experience and fine wines in Anderson made it a fine choice.
We did a lot of traveling: to the charming towns of Mendocino and Healdsburg and many, many vinyards.
One of the highlights was popping open one of the prized Pinot Noir we purchased at Esterlina (my god, the views), and sipped it with some goat cheese at the fire pit at the Anderson Valley Inn.
And Bob and Lydia were fine hosts, giving great recommendations for restaurants and wine tours.
My only criticism is that they need to get a hot tub. If people want to spend more time on the property, it would give them something else to do.
Oh, btw, the wife was thrilled with the trip, and we just might go another 25 years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wifi is now available for guests of the Anderson Valley Inn free of charge. Libby's Mexican Restaurant is within walking distance of the Inn. We welcome well behaved dogs. Children are welcome. Two of our rooms have two bedrooms and kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is served on weekends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Anderson Valley Hotel Philo