Submitted: February 3, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
My wife and I went here for a second honeymoon and could not have been more pleased. After a 2.5 hour drive from San Francisco, stopping for a visit in Santa Rosa, Parma met us in Boonville and drove ahead of us to show how to find our house atop "Buckner Mountain." A fire had been laid and was burning, making us feel at home as soon as we walked in. Parma told us to call if we had any questions but the need never arose. The property sits two-thirds up a ridge overlooking Anderson Valley. It is a working vineyard with rows of grapes, olive trees, and lavender. There are two houses. We stayed in the smaller house, which cannot be seen from the main house and has a stunning view across to the other ridge. In the morning, the valley below is covered in fog and you feel like you are alone on top of the world. We enjoyed hiking around the property and the main house is adjacent to a salt water pool and sauna. Boonville is a seven minute drive away and has some nice dining options, particularly a micro-brewery if you are into beer. We ate in town the first night and cooked a gourmet meal the second night, enjoying it all with wine from the nearby vineyards. We also spent a day driving an hour West to Mendocino -- a former logging town that sits in a dramatic setting above rocky cliffs and the Pacific. Between its galleries, cafes and restaurants, we spent most of the day just wandering around in the sunshine. The property can best be described as a multi-million dollar estate you can rent for the weekend. We thought the value for rental was extraordinary and plan to return the next time we are in Northern California.
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