Boonville is nestled in
the lush, beautiful, tree-lined Anderson Valley, about 30 miles
southeast of Mendocino along the beautiful Navarro River. This
tiny town is full of surprises with its shop and markets and
down-home cafes. The outstanding Anderson Valley Brewery offers
some of the best microbrews in the country. Get a box lunch and
enjoy an hour's hike in some of the most beautiful countryside in
Boonville is the center of
an agricultural area based on orchards and sheep farming.
Recently, the establishment of a growing wine industry here has
broadened the economy and brought many more travelers to the
In the late 1800's,
Boonville residents invented a language of their own called "Boontling"
to keep their conversations private from outsiders. The language
that was taught in their schoolhouse has become a part of the
valley folklore. There's a handy guide to Boontling titled A
Slib of Lorey (A Little Bit of Folklore) available at local
stores. (Note: some people spell Boonville like booneville).