Step Outside Somona And Napa To Explore Mendocino's Wine Country

Families, wine connoisseurs and fresh air enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy in Mendocino County’s Wine Country. Ride a bike or take a hike in a state park, fish the rivers and streams, play golf or tennis and ride horseback over hill and dale. If you are planning a mellow trip, ride the Skunk Train in Willits or visit Ridgewood Ranch, home of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit. Enjoy the opera, symphony or live theater. Meander through art galleries and one-of-a-kind shops, dine at the charming cafes and elegant restaurants. On your way to the casino, sample brandy in Ukiah, microbrew beer in Hopland or champagne and organic wines in the Anderson and Redwood Valleys. If Earth-friendly living appeals to you check out Campovida Garden of Gardens and play with the latest solar technology at The Real Goods Solar Living Institute.

 

Drive The California Coast To Wine Country - Whether coming up from The Bay Area or driving south from Oregon, click to see the driving loop. Crusing from the coast, through giant coastal redwood groves and into wine country is remarkable! Park the car and Take A Wine Tour with Amador UncorkedBe sure to soak in Vichy Springs. Day use and overnight guests will enjoy massage and warm, carbonated mineral water springs to rest and relax; many gentle hikes radiate out from the serene grounds.

 

Sample Local Wine While You Dine

The Bewildered Pig – A purveyor of gastronomic pleasantries! Savor a setting and dining experience that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foragers, fisherman, artists, and neighbors.  Located “At The TownsEnd” in Philo, The Pig is a comfortable gathering place featuring the season’s best foods prepared in its uniquely refined rustic style. Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner as well as Sunday brunch.

Patrona Restaurant and Lounge – Located in the heart of Ukiah,  softly lit with warm brick walls, filled with hand crafted tables from local artisans and run by a staff that cares. Our menus changes are based on today’s catch from the gardens, ocean and local purveyors. A dependable wine list features our friends and neighbors with a slight mix of imported wines to balance our offering.  the largest selection of organic liquors around and the most creative and tasty cocktails in town and then some

Yorkville Market - Local, Sustainable, Seasonal, Organic. Something lighter, quicker

+Buckhorn, Lauren’s, Aquarelle Cafe & Wine BarHopland Tap HouseStone & Embers (situated among 4 tasting rooms at The Madrones), Trinks Cafe (Gualala), Uneda Eat (Point Arena), Crush and Chop Chop

 

7x7 Travel Writer, Alyssa Oursler, shared her recent trip to the heart of Anderson Valley in Hopland, California - Small Town, Weekend Chill. 

 

...and of course A Few Of Our Favorite Vineyards - Parducci Winery, Seebass Vineyards & Winery, Lula Cellars, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Toulouse Vineyards & Winery, Maple Creek Winery, Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery, Milano Family Winery, Campovida Winery, Terra Savia Winery and McNab Ridge Wine CompanyAnd brew - Anderson Valley Brewing CompanyEnjoy sustainably, hand-crafted ales and lagers on the brewery ground, which host picnic groves, horse pasture and a disc golf course in Booneville. The offerings have expanded to include sour beers and a partnership with Wild Turkey for bourbon barrel-aged beers, yum!

 

Stay at The Booneville Hotel - Fifteen unique rooms, from family suite to just-for-two, top floor or set apart. “Simplicity by design” throughout. Come sit in the courtyard with a glass of wine and watch the sunflowers grow. Table 128 serves a family prix fixe menu Thursday through Monday evenings with a hand-made pasta pop-up in the courtyard on Wednesday evenings. Click to The Wine Country Touring Pages For More Lodging Ideas.

 

Take Home Treasures From Local Shops

Fish Rock Farm Girls – Amongst a great cluster of Booneville shopping, enjoy eclectic finds in this treasure chest.

Bona Marketplace & Three Sisters – Ukiah holds it’s own cluster of great shopping, let these two be your guide!

Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House in Ukiah is an art, history and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson. Changing interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs feature Western American art, California Indian cultures, histories of California's diverse North Coast region, and the work of contemporary regional artists. The museum gift shop has been a favorite destination for hand-crafted, local, and unique items since 1986. 

 

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