Squirrel Cottage

An artist’s studio, Squirrel Studio Cottage is a bright, open space with California contemporary design. French doors open to the western panaroma while north-facing windows frame a sweeping forest view. Warmed by a wood burning stove, the cottage has a king bed, a single sofa bed, and can comfortably sleep three to four people. With a well-appointed compact kitchen, bath with shower, deck with furniture and grill, you’re all set for the perfect getaway.


1 Bathroom, 1 Kitchen


  •  Sleeping
  • 1 King bed, 1 Sofa bed
  •  Cooking
  • Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Grill, Microwave, Refrigerator, Toaster
  •  Heating/Cooling
  • Fireplace, Wood/Tiled stove
  •  Outside
  • Private Balcony
  •  Entertainment
  • Wireless Broadband Internet, Stereo system, Telephone, TV (Satellite)
  •  Sanitary
  • Hair dryer, Shower
  •  Laundry
  • Iron & Board
  •  Miscellaneous
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Kitchen

Squirrel Amenities

Squirrel kitchen

  • Bowls – cereal/soup
  • Bowls – serving/large
  • Coffee beans (after initial, please supply your own)
  • Coffee cups
  • Coffee maker and filter, grinder
  • Cutting board
  • Creamer (after initial, please supply your own)
  • Fridge
  • Frying pans – non-stick
  • Glass lasagna trays
  • Hotplate
  • Kitchen towels
  • Knives – cutting
  • Large mixing bowls
  • Larger non-stick stock pot
  • Paper towels (after initial, please supply your own)
  • Plates
  • Pots – non-stick
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Refrigerator
  • Salad spinner
  • Saran wrap/tinfoil
  • Serving platter
  • Some salt and pepper
  • Spatula
  • Teapot
  • Toaster oven
  • Tongs, wooden spoons, whisk
  • Utensils
  • Water glasses
  • Water pitcher
  • Wine glasses (not fancy ones)
  • Table and four chairs

Living & rest

  • Fire stove
  • Sofa bed
  • TV
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes
  • Shampoo, soap
  • Landline phone for emergencies
  • Satellite TV
  • Free wifi
  • Linens provided
  • Outdoor parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing board/iron
  • Weber grill (please supply your own charcoal)

Mendocino and Northern Sonoma Getting Buzz as a Food Destination

Over the last year, many articles have focused on the food of Mendocino. Here are just a few highlights of ones near the cottages:

  • In the SFEater article “15 Restaurants Worth the Drive from SF” they mention  SingleThread Farm – Restaurant – Inn in Healdsburg (25 minutes from cottages), the Harbor House Inn in Elk on the coast near where Highway 128 meets Highway 1 (BTW, this is a one-star Michelin rated restaurant, the only one in Mendocino),  and Fog Eater Cafe cafe in Mendocino.   For the coastal restaurants, a lot of our guests make it part of a day trip which includes driving through giant redwoods and then along a beautiful rugged coast.
  • In Sunset magazine, they highlighted the amazing Garden Bakery in Mendicino (town) which has pastries and also delicious Mexican food.
  • Speaking of Michelin, in Healdsburg, you have the 3 Michelin star rated Single Thread and one star rated Madrona Manor.

Our own new discoveries and favorites:

  • The Golden Pig in Hopland has great food and is very close to the cottages. You drive north along Mountain House Road which can be a little bumpy but takes you through an oak savanna an IMHO it one of the most beautiful drives in norcal.

  • Willie’s in Healdsburg is a go-to for us. They have great seafood and veggie options and cocktails are delicious.
  • Geyserville has great options like Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria and
    Catelli’s Restaurant.
  • We always loved Stone & Embers but the restaurant changed hands and is reopening soon with two Chez Panisse alum at the helm so fingers crossed.

There are also plenty of festivals that focus on food:

  • End of January, early Feb there is a Crab Festival every year.
  • Early November this is a Mushroom Festival, many of which are foraged. The festival includes special dinners at wineries and a host of other events including learning how to forage for yourself safely.

There is a lot more but these are some of the highlights and our favorites. Come to Ravenridge Cottages for five-star rated private Mendocino lodging. We hope to see you soon!

Anderson Valley in early November

November 2-11 – Feast Mendocino 
Join the festivities this year at FEAST MENDOCINO as we roll out the red carpet for a panoply of events that will entice your taste buds to sample savories and sweets, make you want to swish and swirl our liquid assets by the glass, get you to unplug and learn to forage for fun and fungi, and stay a night or two, or more, in some of the most unique lodging properties in Northern California! $Various. See website for individual event’s time and date. 707-964-9010. Various locations throughout Mendocino County.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3 – Meyer Family Cellars welcomes the Virtuoso of Vinegar! 11:00AM–4:00PM Think vinegar just adds va-va-voom to a salad? Think vinegar is created from vapid vino? Think again. Tim Gleadall will be on hand to introduce folks to the world of premium vinegar. Made from wine from top producers in the country, Tim creates an elixir that has many applications. One of the most tasty and intriguing is Hazel Soda, an Orleans style of vinegar, in which wine, water, mother, and patience are the only ingredients. Aged in oak, tasting of the varietals they are derived from, and chock full of probiotics, you never would have thought vinegar could taste so voluptuous! 19750 Hwy 128, Yorkville 707.895.2341 http://www.meyerfamilycellars.com

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 Pennyroyal Farm Mushroom Brunch • 11:30AM & 1:00PM Embrace the flavors of Autumn with a four-course brunch prepared by executive chef Elizabeth Leas. Enjoy locally foraged fungi and seasonal farmstead flavors paired with wines crafted from Pennyroyal’s estate vineyard. $85/person. Take an optional post-brunch walk for only $10 to meet the goats and learn how our farmstead cheeses and estate wines are crafted. 14930 Hwy 128, Boonville 707.895.2410 | http://www.pennyroyalfarm.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 Jaxon Keys Winemaker Dinner 4:00PM–8:00PM Join us for the ultimate farm to fork experience hosted in our brandy lounge. Our alambic pot still will be operating through dinner, affording luxurious aromas and a cozy atmosphere. Join the feast and enjoy an incredible meal featuring Jaxon Keys wines paired with dishes that celebrate Mendocino County’s mushroom bounty! 10400 S Hwy 101, Hopland 707.462.6666 | http://www.jaxonkeys.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 Pennyroyal Farm Wine & Food Pairing • 1:00PM Inspired by Fall, enjoy a tasting experience of Pennyroyal’s estate wines paired with five courses of bites. Designed with ingredients featuring Pennyroyal’s seasonal farmstead cheese, meat, and produce and prepared by executive chef Elizabeth Leas. $55/person; 21+ only please. 14930 Hwy 128, Boonville 707.895.2410 | http://www.pennyroyalfarm.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 The Bewildered Pig • 6:00PM Join chef Janelle Weaver and her crew at the Bewildered Pig for an inspired five-course dinner (plus amuse-bouche) with all things fermented, foraged, and fungi! The Pig teams up with Pegasus Farms and other foragers, local winemakers specializing in native yeast fermentation, and mushroom gurus to create an unforgettable meal … the menu will be a surprise because who knows what goodies Mother Nature will have in store! Tariff/person: $145 food; $55 wine (gratuity and tax extra). Tickets on the Pig’s website under ‘special menus’. 1810 Hwy 128, Philo 707.895.2088 | http://www.thebewilderedpig.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 From Forest & Vineyard to Table at the Stanford Inn • 7:30PM Meet Lisa Bauer of Yamakiri Winery and Brendan McGuigan, Wine Director for the Stanford Inn, for an incredible five-course dinner featuring Mendocino County’s mushroom bounty and Yamakiri wine and cider pairings. $95/person (excl. tax and gratuity). Reservations & pre-payment required. Hwy 1 & Comptche-Ukiah Rd, Mendocino 707.937.5615 | http://www.ravensrestaurant.com

November 10 – Harvest Celebration & Sheep Dog Trials 
Visit the beautiful 5,350-acre research center to celebrate the science and education conducted on-site at their annual fundraiser. Spend the morning with researchers and take part in hands-on activities: taste local wine varietals, check out mapping with drones, visit the oak woodland and watch the sheepdog trials. Then experience a farm to table lunch accompanied by live music and an auction of rare experiences. $70. 10 AM – 3 PM. Hopland Research & Extension Center, UC, 4070 University Road, Hopland.

November 10-11 – Symphony of the Redwoods 
Fall Concert Smetana: Overture from The Bartered Bride. Rachmaninoff*: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43 Gershwin*: “I’ve Got Rhythm” Variations *Richard Dowling, piano – hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist. $22 Adv, $25 at the door. Sat 7:30PM & Sun 2PM. 707-964-0898. Cotton Auditorium, 500 N Harold St, Fort Bragg. SymphonyoftheRedwoods.org

What is happening in the Anderson Valley in the next 90 days?

Here are some great upcoming events and for July, August, and September in the Yorkville Highlands and Anderson Valley.  Be sure to read all the way through for a special offer on Anderson Valley lodging.

Get your Bastille Day on at Roderer – July 14th 11am-4pm

This is maybe my favorite place in the valley and perhaps because I love bubbly. They have beautiful grounds, and the party will have food, music, and they’ll be pouring special magnums the maker himself has chosen for the event.

Tickets are available by calling them or knowing a member who needs a date. Call the tasting room at 707-895-2288 ex 3222 or email.

“Ribs and Reds” Wine Festival at Meyer Family Cellars – Saturday, August 18
Every year the Yorkville Highlands Growers and Vintners crown the best wine to have with ribs. And if you go, you can vote!  This family-friendly event includes ribs, salad, and potato lunch and access to dozens of wines made here in the Yorkville appellation. Kids and grownups alike can win prizes in the wacky Highlands games like the crowd favorite barrel roll.   Learn more.

Labor Day Weekend Ice Cream Social 
Every Labor Day there is a big ice cream social at the Yorkville post office and fire station. Participate in a raffle and silent auction with great prizes such as wine, olive oil, art and jewelry from local producers and artists. Profits go to the Yorkville Community Benefits Association which supports the Yorkville fire station and volunteer firefighters and awards scholarships to local high school students. Learn more

County Fair and Apple ShowSeptember 14th – 16th, 2018
A classic county fair with livestock, apples, hobby fair, apples, rides, apples, and food. Did I mention apples? You have to get a selfie in front of the giant wall of apples.



All Summer Long

  • Reserve your spot early to get some delicious paella at “Summer Paella Sundays” at the Boonville Hotel.



Mailing List Special Discount

Want to get this insider’s list every 90 days? Sign up for our mailing list and get a discount code which is good for 75$ of any stay of two nights or more. Get away to the peace and serenity of the Yorkville Highlands.

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Vacation Rental in the Anderson Valley

We bought this place in the early spring and have been working to paint and furnish the cottages and main house. It has been a labor of love and every day we spend here we fall more in love with it. We think you will also enjoy the cottages and have opened our humble abode up for vacation rental.  You can rent directly on www.ravenridgecottages.com or any of our partners like AirBnb, VRBO, Tripadvisor, and Booking.com. Watch this space for more news and information and feel free to reach out to us via the contact us form if you have any questions.