10 Things to Do in Philo That You Shouldn't Miss

January 2, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. It is located 5.5 miles (9 km) northwest of Boonville, at an elevation of 331 feet (101 m). The population was 349 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Philo

1. Handley Cellars Winery

3151 Highway 128, Philo, CA 95466-9468 +1 707-895-3876
Excellent
92%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
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5 based on 95 reviews

Handley Cellars Winery

Handley Cellars is a small family-owned winery in California’s Mendocino County. Bonded in 1982, we produce around 12,000 cases of wine a year. Our quality starts with our Estate Vineyards in Anderson Valley. We are located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, barn, and the original water tower. At Handley Cellars, we offer a wide variety of wines that complement today’s diverse cuisines. Winemaker Milla Handley seeks to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown. Handley’s beautiful tasting room is located 6 miles northwest of Philo, California, on Highway 128. We offer tours by appointment, and our garden courtyard is open for picnics. Stop by to try our selections and, while visiting, enjoy our unique display of folk art collected from around the world.

Reviewed By Mmarymomm - Pleasanton, California

The people at Greenwood Ridge Winery suggest we try tasting at Handley Cellars and we are glad they did. We tried several of their Pinot Noir wines as well as a white for no charge while talking to their friendly and knowledgeable staff. They really have a personal touch and we enjoyed it very much.

2. Hendy Woods State Park

18599 Philo Greenwood Rd, Boonville, CA 95466-9406 +1 707-937-5804
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 93 reviews

Hendy Woods State Park

A great place to hike and camp among the Redwoods.

Reviewed By Jesikitty - California

Gorgeous, peaceful walk among the redwoods off the path of the day use area. Would like to come back more prepared so I can walk the entire hike.

3. Anderson Valley

Philo, CA
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
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5 based on 84 reviews

Anderson Valley

A concentration of high-quality wineries north of San Francisco.

Reviewed By Jane L - England

We were lucky, this was a surprise for us and totally unexpected. We are not local and did not have a great guide book, but someone recommended this place. WOW, we had sunny skies and enjoyed the drive. We bought deli sandwiches in Boonville. We stopped along the way at the wineries. Good for photos and walking. I am not a wine afficionado, but we had great fun.

4. Anderson Valley Brewing Co

17700 Hwy. 253, Boonville, CA 95415
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Anderson Valley Brewing Co

Reviewed By 144Y - Reno, Nevada

We stopped here to taste some beer and enjoyed setting outside to enjoy the venue. I enjoyed the flight we had onsite and we bought bottles to take home.

Lots of guests had their dogs and everyone seemed to be enjoying a place their dogs could come. Lots of parking. A gift shop.

Definitely easy place to find. Would go again.

5601 Hwy 128, Philo, CA 95466 +1 800-537-9463
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Navarro Vineyards

Reviewed By Sarah M - Wisconsin

My sister and I had put together a short list of wineries to visit in the Mendicino/Sonoma County area where we could have a relaxed and unpretentious wine-tasting experience. We definitely found it here. Not only that, our pourer, Mark, was more than familiar with our home state (Wisconsin), and we fell into conversation about everything from the Green Bay Packers to New Glarus Spotted Cow! We had a great time, tasted some great wine,(especially the Sauvignon Blanc), and were so happy with our trip to Navarro.

6. Pennyroyal Farm

14930 Highway 128, Boonville, CA 95415 +1 707-895-2410
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
4%
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Pennyroyal Farm

Reviewed By Pat B - Santa Rosa, California

We had actually scheduled to stop here and tour the farm and cheese making process. Unfortunately, my husband hurt his foot, so instead we opted for a cheese and wine tasting on the patio. It was a nice day, and a relaxing time. Family owned and operated, the staff were friendly and informative. We had first had this farm's cheese at another winery and really loved the Bonnt Corners. We tried five from the tray, all served with good crackers and various accompaniments, almonds, guava paste... Our favorite remained the Boont Corners, although we enjoyed the Bollies Mollies and Velvet Sister as well. Wasn't impressed with the wines we tasted, but we really enjoyed our visit. Next time we are in the area, we'll try and meet the goats.

7. Goldeneye Winery

9200 Hwy 128, Philo, CA +1 707-895-3202
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Goldeneye Winery

With an enticing view of vineyards and Redwood trees, Goldeneye Winery is a beautiful location to sample and savor some of Anderson Valley's most represented Pinot Noir wines. Our Visitor's Center features picnic facilities and an open-space area offering seated wine tasting experiences daily, both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).

Reviewed By CherriCharlotteNC - charlotte nc

Have been visiting this winery for several years. Very disappointed today. Arrived and asked if we had reservations which we did not and have never needed. Told we could sit inside or a long uncomfortable table on the deck. There were 4 empty tables in the courtyard that all said reserved. The sad thing is two of the tables remained empty the entire time we were there. When we were leaving there were four empty tables. Basically we were ignored everyone around us was offered cheese except us. I would never consider joining there wine club when you can go to total wine and get most of the wine. I feel that for $30 for the two of us we were not treated nicely. Shame on them we used to love this winery.

8. Foursight Wines

14475 Highway 128, Boonville, CA 95415 +1 707-895-2889
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Foursight Wines

Reviewed By nchar - Boonville, California

A small family owned and operated winery and tasting room in Boonville, Anderson Valley specializing in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines. Moderately priced and all estate fruit grown just down the road from the winery in the Charles Vineyard. You will taste with the winemaker, Joe or his wife/partner Kristy. Their Pinot Noirs range from light and fruity to big and bold...and are all delicious. There is a picnic area and wine is available for sale by the glass to enjoy with your lunch.

9. Husch Vineyards

4400 Highway 128, Philo, CA 95466-9476 +1 707-895-3216
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Husch Vineyards

Reviewed By Ronald G - Palm Bay, Florida

The owner - 3rd generation -- came out and congratulated my aunt who was celebrating here 106th Birthday. She even gave my aunt a bottle of their special reserve wine. Very nice touch and very classy too. Loved their Muscat!

14300 Hwy 128, Boonville, CA
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5 based on 3 reviews

Rookie to Gallery

Reviewed By IngCV - Los Gatos, CA

Visiting fine craft galleries is one of my favorite things to do on trips. I visited many galleries in Mendocino County, including Mendocino and Fort Bragg, and this was my favorite one. They have a wonderful selection of handmade items and art. Most of the items were by local artists.

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