Camping Hendy-eed!

Just a few hours north of San Francisco, lovely Anderson Valley is throwback wine country. This land of…

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Just a few hours north of San Francisco, lovely Anderson Valley is throwback wine country. This land of pinot noirs is enjoying a burgeoning reputation for premium wines, with tasting rooms still pouring for free, or as low as $5 per tasting. Who knows how long such prices will last—Anderson Valley is on the up and up! Taste your way through the valley (hey, it’s only 15 miles long!), but first, stake your claim by pitching your tent in an ancient redwood forest few ever see. Hendy Woods State Park is an absolute gem with 92 campsites set spaciously in a circular pattern with a central area, along with four small stand-alone (barebones) cabins. You’ll be sleeping under soaring redwoods, and canopied by them during hot weather. Hendy is rarely crowded, and so quiet at times that you can hear the flapping of a raven’s wings as it flies overhead. During the day … wine-taste! Plenty of outstanding wineries—including one whose 2005 pinot noir was served at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration lunch—flank the park. And be sure to explore Hendy’s two redwood groves along the flats of the Navarro River: Big Hendy and Little Hendy. Then sip some wine while relaxing on the soft sand and pebble beach at the river’s edge.

From Boonville, take Hwy. 128 west and follow the signs to Hendy Woods State Park. The first bridge you cross goes over the Navarro River and leads to the park entrance. Reserve sites by calling 1-(800) 444-7275 or book online with Reserve America. Sites start at $40. Cabins start at $55. The campground is dog-friendly! No dogs on trails. The Navarro River is dog-friendly! Wineries are dog-friendly! 

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