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Boonville / Philo, CAThis wine region located 90 miles north of Sonoma is perfectly suited for nature lovers, as it's a stone throw from the Mendocino redwoods. It's known for its small-production Pinot Noirs, but its Alsatian varietals—Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Riesling—are worth exploring, too. Sip at Handley, Londer, and Navarro wineries and then soak up the scenery. Come summer, don't miss splashing around in the swimming hole at the Navarro River (pictured). Stay at the Boonville Hotel, offering Sunday afternoon wine and charcuterie (from $125; boonvillehotel.com).
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