The SpaceThis is a wordy, long description as I've responded to every question and concern received to date. PLEASE read through ALL the details before booking or inquiries, then feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.
The apartment is attached to my home so I respectfully ask that your stay is a quiet one. It can comfortably accommodate 2 adults sleeping in 1 queen sized bed.
3-night minimum stays are appreciated during Thanksgiving, Pinot Fest, Sierra Nevada Music Festival, and Mendocino County Fair weekends.
Check in: Please contact me about your expected time of arrival. On Fridays, check in is 11-5p or after 9p.
The space is not proofed or prepped for and can't accommodate infants, toddlers, young children, or pets. If you have additions above and beyond 2 adults that are at least 12 years and have only 2 legs and bring your own air mattress, I may be able to accommodate.
The kitchen has a 4 burner electric range and stove, standard refrigerator. It is furnished with the typical kitchen supplies as well as a coffee maker, blender, and microwave oven. Please use the compost bin provided (avoiding anything but soapy water from going down the drain). The kitchenware accommodates settings for two. If you plan to do your own cooking, please bring with you what foods you may want to cook with - shopping is limited in Anderson Valley and the kitchen is not stocked. Feel free to let me know if you need any additional kitchen supplies or need a staple from mine in a pinch and often the garden by the porch swing is free for picking.
The bathroom has a large walk in shower (no bathtub) and the typical amenities. There is both bar and liquid soaps for sink and shower use. Laundry is line dried - towels are not hotel soft and fluffy, cotton sheets will have some wrinkles.
There is an efficient monitor (kerosene) heater with a "power saver" setting and an electric oil heater for the bedroom if needed. There is a fan, but no AC although it is comfortably cooler in the summer with breezes in the afternoons. Furnishings include a queen sized bed, chest of drawers, small love seat, sofa chair rocker, small dining table with 4 chairs, floor and reading lamps.
You will hear birds during the day including roosters, jays, finch, mourning doves, red shouldered hawks, and the scat of quail. Dusk through the evening bring the sounds of my small menagerie being put inside to bed, coyotes, screech owls, and choruses of seasonal frogs in rain ponds. Although it is a rural setting, you will hear some 128 traffic (thus the reason for creating a berm). There will likely be greetings and an occasional spontaneous bark from my recent pound rescue. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs as my and the neighborhood roosters wake early.
The pictures on the web are taken from my property and inside the apartment only. The "neighborhood" is rural and eclectic - from the very wealthy to the very marginal. Views are of my neighbor's sheep pasture (they help train sheep dogs), the barn that houses the church sales each month, the coastal mountain range, and "Octopus Mt" across 128 is visible from the front porch area. My property includes the creek, in-progress berm against 128, the in-progress rehabilitation of a bungalow, the court currently used for building supply storage, a seasonal rain pond that hosts mating frogs, a small in progress orchard, a small redwood grove in the back, and beyond the back gate a field as yet to be developed food forest, newly planted trees (ginkgo, guava, fig, apple) and wildflowers, chicken pen and house, fenced raised beds ( currently growing for seed savers exchange, the food bank, and chickens). Gardens are in progress with mostly drought tolerant native and mediterranean perrenials. Please note that I am still doing lots of cleanup, work, and landscaping on the property but if you are interested I will happily take you on a tour.
I do have an indoor/outdoor cat that has occasionally escaped into the apartment, but is officially not allowed in there. Her last few second foray was 2/14. My small rescue dog can be indoors and leashed when outside or freely interactive. He has never been in the apartment, he does bark, he has a few tricks. Please tell him "no paws" if he tries to jump up to greet you.
We are on a well with state of the art ozone filter and a septic system. Its very much appreciated if you are conscientious about water usage especially in drought years and about sensitive septic systems (see house rules).
There is free wifi and laundry facilities in town. There is a small travel steamer and iron located in a bathroom drawer.
Please let me know if you have any special requests, needs, or allergies. Guest AccessGuests have access to a garden porch area with seating and views between the front walkway and the apartment entry door. The swing, benches, and tables on the porch are there for your use and to enjoy the views and hummingbirds that visit the native fuchsia, salvias, and sages at least three times a day. The swing has been rehabilitated but should not be stressed with too much weight.
Let me know if you would like to visit the chickens. They need quite a bit of security from feral cats, hawks, coyote, and fox so I am cautious about gates.
If you are cooking, I can typically share whatever is growing in the kitchen garden - various culinary herbs and seasonal greens. I am usually selling eggs but occasionally can share some as well.
I prefer a two day stay minimum. Check in is 3p but I can sometimes accommodate earlier check-in times if I know well in advance but my Saturday mornings are typically already booked. Check out is 11am. I arrange my schedule and those helping me with projects on the property according to your ETA. Hwy 128 is not an easy drive in the dark and finding my street is also a bit of a challenge in the dark. Interaction with GuestsInteraction is flexible, I am living in the home attached to the apartment and still doing lots of work on the property. I am available for interaction or not. Let me know if you would like complete privacy - I can keep pets inside and use the back door. Otherwise I typically check in when you are coming and going and may knock with offerings or information.
Please do not request text messages as I cannot send them. Please note that I use (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) which inexplicably shows a number that is not mine so call backs will not reach me! Use the number (and directions) provided on your reservation.
When I have time, I clean & prep the apartment especially for you with small gestures like incense, flowers, and/or a few treats - let me know if you are allergic to anything.
I shouldn't need to say this, but this being a fairly homogenous rural area: All are welcome - diverse, eclectic, international, multinational, multicultural, of any persuasion or orientation - all are welcome here. The NeighborhoodYou can learn a little about Boonville from wikipedia.
There is much to behold driving 128 through Anderson Valley and the 45-60 minute drive through glorious redwoods with views of the gentle Navarro river to the magnificent coast. 253 to Ukiah can be jaw dropping - hawks, wild pigs, turkeys, and deer abound (literally into the road). Drive carefully and pull over frequently for tailgaters and to take in the views.
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"There's definitely more to Anderson Valley than wine. Turn off State Highway 128 between Yorkville and Boonville and travel 3 ½ miles down Fish Rock Road to Maillard Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Don't expect a lot of action—
just majestic trees and solitude. Ten miles beyond Philo at Navarro River Redwoods State Park, you can picnic, swim, kayak, canoe, and camp.
The drive through the park along State Highway 128 has been described as “an 11-mile-long redwood tunnel to the sea."
There are small markets in Boonville and Lemons in Philo.
The eateries in Boonville include the drive-in, Lauren's, The Buckhorn, Aquarelle, Table 128 at the hotel, Mosswood Cafe, The General Store cafe, and delis at the grocery store Boontberry (truly delicious homemade local foods for quick eat ins, take-outs, and picnics).
Closing soon is our wonderful family run French provincial in Philo, Coq au Vin (requires rez well in advance). Check their (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page for more info. However, it will be reinvented with something soon.
Lovingly buddhist vegetarian in Ukiah in the City of 10,000 Buddhas: (URL HIDDEN) /jyunkang/jk.asp
A guest recommended Stone and Embers at The Madrones. I hope to try it someday.
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Check the Philo grange, the fairgrounds, Lauren's evening line-ups, and notices in the post office for activities and events attended by locals and those in the know.
There is almost always a Saturday farmers market in Boonville and also on Saturday is a larger and well attended market in central Ukiah.
See also "Getting Around" for outdoorsy-ness
I try to keep up-to-date literature by the front door for browsing and local information. Getting AroundBe sure to buy gas before entering Anderson Valley (e.g. in Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Ukiah, etc.). Gas stations are few and are pricey in the valley.
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- Hendy Woods
- Hikers Guide Mendo Cty
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- Take advantage of the flat terrain for walking and biking (as well as kayaking or canoeing the Navarro).
- California Coastal Trail
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- An 80 acre park in Ukiah, Low Gap Park, you can hike up to the upper reaches of the park — various trails through the undeveloped woodland preserve areas. (URL HIDDEN) /trails.html#lowgappark
- Cow Mountain "Named for the longhorn cattle that once roamed wild, the 52,000-acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Clear Lake, over 31 miles of stream, 13 wildlife reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species."
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- Spots: "The beach at Point Arena Pier (35 miles south of Mendocino) and Virgin Beach, just on the north end of Fort Bragg, produce waves on some days my pal describes as “overhead" and “double overhead." This is where the experienced surfers go. Caspar State Beach (on Point Cabrillo Drive off Highway 1 between Mendocino and Fort Bragg), Hare Creek Beach (access is just south of the Hare Creek Bridge before you enter Fort Bragg city limits), Blues Beach, south of Westport, and Wages Beach, just north of Westport.
Other Things to NoteEMAIL & TCs (please no requests for text messages)
I can't send text messages. My phone number is a (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) number and doesn't display correctly for callbacks. Please use the provided contact info. Please leave messages - I am often working outside and do not hear the phone but will check it frequently around your ETA.
DIRECTIONS & TIMING YOUR ARRIVAL
- Please allow me to plan my week around your arrival time. An email early in the week before your reservation letting me know your intended ETA is very much appreciated. I can't tell you how much I appreciate guests that are proactive about this. Also consider adding an hour on to that ETA as you may stop for lunch or be delayed by traffic. Please be in touch if delayed. I am in the middle of projects, sometimes with help and we plan around your arrival time.
Use the provided directions. GPS often gets you to the wrong side of 128. Count on traffic getting out of the Bay Area and through Santa Rosa. Sometimes there are 128 closures for road work. The alternate route is 101 to Ukiah to 253 (a gorgeous drive with views of the Russian & Navaroo Rivers' watershed).
INTERNET & TV (None in the apartment)
This is a rural setting. Satellite internet is expensive and unreliable. Someday I might invest in satellite TV. Someday good wireless or broadband may reach my property. But for now please be prepared to simply take in the natural environment (or head into town for free wifi).
I moved here June 2013 and am still doing lots of work on the property and am in the beginnings of homesteading - planting fruit trees, landscaping with drought tolerant natives, collecting rainwater, harvesting small amounts of organic vegetables and eggs which I share with the food bank and often have extra for you.
I've begun work on a berm between the driveway and 128 and as of 5/13, I've begun work (deconstructing and reconstructing) on the cottage - both projects are visible as you enter and leave the property but not from your apartment.
WINE & BEER TASTERS
Please be safe on the road. You can try the AV Senior Community Center bus for transportation around the valley: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). I am not available to chauffeur.