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Contents Mendocino County California

Volume 27, No. 4 • 2013 2383 Myrtle Ave. Eureka, California 95501 (707) 443-1234 FAX (707) 443-5309 Email: info@101things.com

Gregg Gardiner Publisher Carlton Nielsen

SPECIAL SECTIONS 101 Things To Know About Wine ........... 44-47 Campgrounds & RV Parks ........................ 10 Coastal Bed & Breakfasts ....................... 8-9 County Parks & Campgrounds .................. 74 Dining Guide, Coastal ........................ 38-39 Dining Guide, Inland .............................. 66 Mendocino National Forest ...................... 74 Wineries & Breweries in Mendocino Co. .. 40-47 Winery Listing ..................................... 41 101 THINGS TO DO BY AREA Albion ............................................17-24 All Around the Area ............................... 7 Anchor Bay ......................................... 13 Anderson Valley ............................... 48-50 Boonville, Navarro, Philo, Yorkville Covelo ...........................................72-74

General Manager

Elk ................................................... 16 Fort Bragg ...................................... 25-36 Noyo Harbor................................ 28-29 Gualala .......................................... 11-12 Hopland .........................................51-53 Lake County ................................... 54-55 Laytonville ......................................... 75 Leggett ......................................... 76-77 Little River ......................................17-24 Mendocino Village .............................17-24 Mendocino County, All Around................... 7 Piercy .......................................... 76-77 Point Arena .....................................14-15 Ukiah ............................................ 56-66 Westport ........................................... 37 Willits ............................................67-71 BEYOND MENDOCINO Del Norte County / Southern Oregon ......... 82 Humboldt County ............................. 78-81

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Anderson Valley ...................................49 Covelo ..............................................72 Fort Bragg ...................................... 26-27 Gualala ............................................. 11 Hopland ............................................ 51 Lake County .......................................55 Leggett .............................................76 Mendocino Village ............................ 18-19 Mendocino County ................................. 4 Noyo Harbor .......................................29 Point Arena ........................................14 Ukiah, Central ................................. 58-59 Ukiah, Historic Downtown .......................57 Willits ...............................................67 Wineries ........................................ 42-43

Sage Dixon

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All Around Mendocino County Weddings ............... Spa Resorts.................................... Farmers’ Markets ............................. Casinos in Mendocino County ..............

Steve Hammons

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Gualala Bones Roadhouse ............................ 11 Gualala Point Regional Park ............... 12 Gualala Arts Center ......................... 12

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Anchor Bay Anchor Bay & Fish Rock Beach ............ 13

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Point Arena Point Arena Lighthouse..................... 14 Ross Ranch Horse Back Rides ............. 14 Point Arena Pier at Arena Cove ........... 15 Schooner Gulch State Beach .............. 15 B. Bryan Preserve ........................... 15

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Elk 14. Navarro River Redwoods State Park...... 16 15. Manchester State Park ..................... 16 16. Greenwood State Beach.................... 16 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44.

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Albion, Little River, Mendocino Golfing at Little River Inn .................. 17 Historic Village of Mendocino ............. 20 Mendocino Art Center ...................... 20 Mendocino Theater Co. / Helen Schoeni Theatre ..................... 20 Ford House Museum ....................... 20 Mendocino Music Festival .................. 21 The Wine Bar[n] at Glendeven ............ 21 Mendocino Film Festival .................. 21 Mendocino Headlands Park ................ 22 Annual Whale Migration, Whale Festival ............................... 22 Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too ............ 22 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse & Preserve .... 23 Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Nature Tours ..................... 23 Big River and Big River Haul Road ........ 23 Jug Handle Ecological Staircase .......... 24 Caspar Headlands State Beach ............ 24 Van Damme State Park ..................... 24 Pygmy Forest at Van Damme State Park.................. 24 Caspar Headlands State Reserve ......... 24 Russian Gulch State Park................... 24 Fort Bragg Pacific Star Winery ......................... 30 Old Haul Road (Ten Mile Trail) ............ 30 Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens .... 31 Emerald Dolphin Mini Golf and Fun Center .............................. 32 Horseback Riding at Ricochet Ridge Ranch ................... 32 MacKerricher State Park ................... 32 Mendocino Chocolate Company ........... 33 Abalone Diving in Coastal Waters ....... 33

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Left: Skunk Train, SkunkTrain.com pgs 34 & 68 photo by Steve Hammons Middle: courtesy of Maple Creek Winery MapleCreekWine.com Anderson Valley, pgs 48-51 Right: Clear Lake, Lake County, pgs 54-55 courtesy LakeCounty.com

45. Historic 1886 Weller House Inn ........... 33 46. Historic Skunk Train, Fort Bragg Depot ............................ 34 47. World Famous Triangle Tattoo & Museum .................................... 34 48. Fort Bragg’s Family-Friendly City Parks.. 34 49. Gloriana Musical Theater .................. 35 50. C.V. Starr Community Center Pool and More ............................... 35 51. Glass Beach Treasures ...................... 36 52. Surfing the Mendocino Coast .............. 36 53. Bird Watching with the Audubon Society 36 54. Jackson Demonstration State Forest ..... 36 Wineries 55. Vintage Vinetour, Anderson Valley ....... 40 56. Breweries of Mendocino County .......... 40 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62.

Anderson Valley Anderson Valley Wineries .................. 48 Anderson Valley Brewing Company....... 49 Disc Golf Courses............................ 49 Hendy Woods State Park ................... 50 Yorkville Highlands Appellation ........... 50 Anderson Valley Museum................... 50

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Hopland Real Goods Solar Living Center ........... 51 Schoolhouse Plaza, Brutocao Cellars .... 52 Hopland’s Wineries ......................... 52 Olives in Hopland ........................... 53

Lake County 67. Clear Lake State Park ...................... 55 Ukiah 68. Vichy Springs Mineral Hot Springs Resort ................ 60 69. Grace Hudson Museum ..................... 60 70. Parducci Wine Cellars & Acoustic Café ............................. 62 71. Sundays in the Park Free Concert Series ......................... 62

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Willits Historic Skunk Train ........................ 68 Roots of Motive Power ..................... 68 Willits KOA Camping Resort ............... 69 Willits Community Theater ................ 69 Willits Center for the Arts ................. 69 Willits Skate Park ........................... 70 Family Friendly Willits’ City Parks ....... 70 Home of Seabiscuit ......................... 70 Mendocino County Museum................ 71 Willits Frontier Days ........................ 71

Covelo 91. Scenic Drive to Covelo ..................... 73 92. Black Butte River Ranch ................... 73 93. The Blackberry Festival .................... 73 Laytonville 94. Laytonville Rodeo ........................... 75 95. Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival ....... 75 96. Laytonville Farmers Market ............... 75 Legget & Piercy 97. Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company 76 98. Confusion Hill ............................... 76 99. The One Log House ......................... 77 100. The Peg House............................... 77 101. Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area ...................... 77

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Mendocino County Weddings

Beautiful vistas, spectacular sunsets and miles of gracefully chiseled coastline make Mendocino and Northern Sonoma Counties a wonderful place to say, “I do.” Mendocino’s relaxed atmosphere can make you and your loved one feel like you are the only two on the planet. Find a nice quiet location, drink some locally grown wine and make that special day unforgettable.

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• Picture your wedding on top of the world with Annapolis Winery. This destination wedding site offers space for up to 200 guests with breathtaking panoramic views, redwood forests, vineyards and apple orchards. 707-886-5460, AnnapolisWinery.com • Beautifully crafted and spacious, the BARRA of Mendocino tasting room creates a memorable backdrop for weddings and bridal showers, with a trained staff to accommodate your needs. 707-485-0322, BarraOfMendocino.com • At the Glendeven Inn casual elegance, comfort and warmth describe the experience you will have with a wedding in this sophisticated farmhouse setting. 800-822-4536, Glendeven.com • Gualala Arts Center, situated on 11 acres of beautiful redwood forestland is an ideal location for all types weddings and parties. The Gualala Arts Center has the right size rooms, amenities and aesthetics to fit your needs. 707-884-1138, GualalaArts.org • Hill House Inn in Mendocino offers expansive Victorian gardens with bluffs overlooking the ocean, an intimate private Chapel, a reception and dinner area in the Bay View Lounge with spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific. 800-422-0554, HillHouseInn.com • The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek & Spa is the ideal Mendocino wedding venue. The spectacular ocean views and beautiful gardens create a stunning, intimate atmosphere for your special day. 707-937-5525, SchoolhouseCreek.com • At the Little River Inn you can golf in the morning, get married with a spectacular view of the ocean in the afternoon, and stay the night. 707-937-5942, LittleRiverInn.com • The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens could be one of the most beautiful places to get married. The array of color and incredible views will make it easy for even an amateur photographer to capture a picture-perfect wedding. 707-964-4352, GardenByTheSea.org • At Pacific Star Winery rent the beautiful bluffs overlooking the ocean, custom-make your own wedding and the winery will some of the best wine in California, 707-964-1155, PacificStarWinery.com • At the Stanford Inn by the Sea select a spot indoors near the fireplace or outside in a garden and the staff will design the perfect wedding, just the way you want it. 800-331-8884, StanfordInn.com • At Vichy Springs Mineral Springs Resort and Country Inn the waterfall is the perfect background for any occasion, especially a wedding. 707-462-9515, VichySprings.com • The Weller House Inn offers a beautiful Victorian setting, spacious gardens and grounds, a 900-square-foot virgin redwood ballroom and stunning Pacific Coast views. 707-964-4415, WellerHouse.com

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Spa Resorts

A California vacation would not be complete without a relaxing visit to a spa. From facials and massages to a hot cup of tea, Mendocino County’s wide selection of spas offer havens from stress • Baechtel Creek Inn and Spa in Willits is proud to offer some of the finest in organic skin and body care. Services include massage, body treatments and facials. 800-459-9911, BaechtelCreekInn.com • Coast Inn and Spa in Fort Bragg - Experience the serenity of the coast while practitioners release the stress and tension from your body. Offering various types of massage, far-infrared sauna, and natural healing services. 707-964-4914, CoastInnAndSpa.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

• Inn at Schoolhouse Creek & Spa - All their spa treatments use only the finest natural oils, herbal extracts and natural ingredients. Massage and spa services include complimentary use of their 24 hour hot tub and sauna. 707-937-5525, SchoolhouseCreek.com • Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites Doll House Spa Services offers an array of services elevating relaxation to an art form. Spa services may be provided in your room or the spa which is situated in two acres of lush Victorian gardens. 800-548-0513, MendocinoHotel.com • Have a “massage in the forest” at Stanford Inn just south of Mendocino Village. Choose from Thai, hot stone, neuromuscular or Botanical Aromatherapy massages. Also available: facials, Ayervedic treatment and Yoga. 800-331-8884, StanfordInn.com • Sweetwater Gardens Spa - In downtown Mendocino you can receive a full range of massages and unwind in a hot tub or sauna. 800-300-4140, SweetwaterSpa.com • Third Court Salon and Day Spa in Little River Inn VichySprings.com - This family-owned destination resort is located on the coast, two miles south of Mendocino Village. They offer professional hair care, facials massage, body treatment and more 707-937-5942, LittleRiverInn.com • Vichy Springs Resort and Country Inn in Ukiah - Relax in a hot-spring or be treated to a number of unique massages and full body treatments. 707-462-9515, VichySprings.com

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Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ markets are one of Mendocino’s best kept secrets. They are where the locals go to socialize and connect. The markets are mostly made up of mom and popsscale farms, ranches, creameries and more, most of which you will not find in larger metropolitan markets. Visit one (or all of them) and you will get a feeling for the communities. Meet the people who run the farm and do the work, and have the opportunity to sample and stock up on the best produce, humanely-raised meat, tasty honey, artisan cheese, flowers and nursery stock, baked goods, prepared foods and more. MORE INFO: MCFarm.org for a listing of vendors, special events and other information. The following Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM) are part of the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association: • Boonville CFM, Saturday, May through Oct., 10 a.m.noon at Boonville Hotel • Fort Bragg CFM, Wednesday, May through Oct., 3-6 p.m. at Franklin & Laurel • Laytonvile CFM, Monday, 2:30-5:30 p.m., mid-June to mid-Oct. at Good Food Store; and from mid-Oct. to mid-June at Laytonville Grange • Mendocino CFM, Friday, May to Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m. at Howard and Main Streets • Redwood Valley CFM, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.- photo by Peter Armstrong, PeterPhoto.exposuremanager.com/g 12:30 p.m., June to MidOct. at Lion’s County Park • Ukiah CFM, Saturday, May through Oct., 8:30 a.m.-noon; and Nov. through April, 9:30 a.m.-noon at corner School and Clay Streets • Willits CFM, Thursday, May through Oct., 3-6 p.m., Willits City Park; and Nov. through April at Little Lake Grange

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Casinos in Mendocino County

Do you have a hankering for non-stop fun? Try your luck at one of the many casinos in Mendocino County. The casinos are known for their many slot machines, plethora of high and low stakes table games and bingo. You can also enjoy live music with any of the many famous entertainers from around the world who frequent the casinos in the area. There are also restaurants in the casinos that serve some of the best food around in the most pleasant settings. When you manage to pull yourself away from all that fun, make sure you stay a night to rest for a whole new day of excitement.

• Coyote Valley Casino, 5 mi north of Ukiah, 707-485-0700, CoyoteValleyCasino.com • Garcia River Casino in Point Arena, 707-467-5300, TheGarciaRiverCasino.com • Hidden Oaks Casino in Covelo, 707-983-6896, HiddenOaksCasino.com • Hopland, Sho-Ka-Wah Casino, 888-SHOKAWAH, Shokawah.com • Red Fox Casino in Laytonville, 888-473-3369, RedFoxCasino.net • Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino in Willits, 707-459-7330, BlackBartCasino.com

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Mendocino Coast B&Bs

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Albion River Inn • 800-479-7944 Fensalden Inn • 800-959-3850

Atrium—Garden Inn by the Sea • 964-9440 Cleone Gardens Inn • 964-2788

Breakers Inn

Honey’s Getaway • 422-0758

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Mar Vista Cottages • 877-855-3522 Tree House for Two • 884-1541

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964-2852 18661 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg CoastInnAndSpa.com

884-3200 9300 S. Hwy 1, Gualala BreakersInn.com

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The Andiron • 937-1543 Blanchard House B&B • 937-1627 Cottages at Little River Cove • 937-5339 Stevenswood Lodge • 937-2810

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Elk Cove Inn & Spa • 877-3321

937-5525 or 800-731-5525 7051 N. Hwy 1, Little River SchoolhouseCreek.com

Greenwood Pier Inn

877-9997 or 800-807-3423 5928 Hwy 1, Elk GreenwoodPierInn.com

Known for having unsurpassed ocean views, the accommodations at Greenwood Pier Inn have fireplaces, private baths, private decks and complimentary full breakfast at your door each morning. Griffin House Inn • 877-3422

Sandpiper House Inn

877-3587 or 800-894-9016 5520 S. Hwy 1, Elk SandpiperHouse.com

The Sand Piper House Inn offers five spacious guest rooms, each one individually decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, fresh flowers, and either king or queen size beds with down comforters, feather pillows, and fine linens. All have fireplaces, private baths and compact refrigerators.

Amenities include Jacuzzi suites w/ fireplace, eco-friendly rooms, pet friendly rooms, kitchenettes, free WIFI, local calls, outdoor hot-tub, in-room massage, copy/fax service, organic cafe, Natural Healing Spa, in-room coffee, cable, fridge, microwave, Cleaning Station for Fishing and Diving, BBQ area. *Massage, Cafe, Natural Healing, Spa Packages & Vacation Packages. *Special Discounts for 3rd Night Stay for 50% OFF Sunday thru Thursday, holidays excluded.

Breakers Inn offers breathtaking ocean views, 28 individually decorated rooms built into a bluff overlooking the mouth of the Gualala River and the Pacific Ocean. Large private decks, whirlpool spas, fireplaces, free WiFi and many more amenities.

Country Inn • 964-3737 Glass Beach Inn • 964-6774 The Living Light Inn • 964-1384

884-3667 or 800-942-5342 35100 Hwy 1, Gualala WhaleWatchInn.com

Gualala Country Inn • 884-4343 North Coast Country Inn • 884-4537 The Secret Garden B&B • 888-668-9874 St. Orres • 884-3303 Surf Inn • 884-3571

Whale Watch Inn

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Little River Inn

937-5942 or 888-466-5683 7751 N. Hwy. 1, Little River LittleRiverInn.com

964-4415 or 877-893-5537 524 Stewart St., Fort Bragg WellerHouse.com

Featured in New York Times and Sunset Magazine, Weller House Inn is a place of elegance, grace and charm. Ten Luxurious rooms, all with private baths. Two rooms are located in their historic water tower. A luxury bed and breakfast with well appointed Victorian guest-rooms and heritage gardens.

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek offers uniquely appointed rooms and cottages to take advantage of their ocean side scenic location. All rooms and cottages have private decks, romantic propane fireplaces, free high speed wireless internet, with most having Pacific Ocean or relaxing garden views with private entrances to escape the everyday.

The Whale Watch Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast with ocean views from every first class, uniquely designed room, all with fireplaces. Views off your deck feature hawks, whales in season, majestic woodscapes, and surf tossed beaches. No telephones or televisions… you can leave all that behind.

The Little River Inn is a hillside property featuring dramatic ocean views from every room. This destination hotel and spa offers incomparable hospitality and promises a stay you will never forget. Play golf and tennis on the grounds with breathtaking views of a constantly changing sea. Treat yourself to a massage at the Third Court Salon and Day Spa.

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Glendeven Inn

937-0083 or 800-822-4536 8205 N. Hwy. 1, Mendocino Glendeven.com

Packard House • 937-2677 Sea Gull Inn • 937-5204 Sea Rock Inn • 937-0926

Lighthouse Point Resort • 882-2440 Pt. Arena Lighthouse Cottages • 882-2809

Stanford Inn by the Sea

800-932-4031 or 707-882-3171 785 Iversen Ave., Point Arena WharfMasters.com

937-5615 or 800-331-8884 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd., Mendocino StanfordInn.com

MENDOCINO Agate Cove Inn • 937-0552 Alegria Inn and the Raku House • 937-5150 Blair House • 937-1800 Blue Door Inn • 937-4892

Brewery Gulch Inn

937-4752 or 800-578-4454 9401 N. Hwy 1, Mendocino BreweryGulchInn.com

Beautiful rooms with romantic fireplaces, spa tubs for two and amazing ocean views, flat panel LCD TV with built-in DVD players and cable access, WiFi access. A consistent recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond Award, member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, the Brewery Gulch Inn has also been recognized as a leader among environmentally-conscious businesses. With your stay, enjoy a cooked-to-order gourmet breakfast and a light buffet dinner.

Glendeven Inn, with its blend of fine antiques and contemporary art, offers wood burning fireplaces, ocean views, full in-room gourmet breakfasts and private baths. Enjoy secluded patios and decks, featherbeds, plush robes, a wine and hors d’eouvres hour and free Wi-Fi. Glendeven Inn is also home of The Wine Bar[n], Mendocino’s only Mendocino-county-only Wine Bar. Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast • 800-354-4431

Hill House Inn

937-0554 or 800-422-0554 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino HillHouseInn.com

Hill House Inn is a premier Mendocino Inn with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, situated in lush Victorian gardens, open fields with native vegetation, towering rustic redwood water towers and magnificent cypress trees. Spacious recently renovated ocean and garden suites maintain warmth of a cozy bed and breakfast, plus restaurant, bar, lounge, terrace and large spaces for events.

Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse • 937-0697

Didjeridoo Dreamtime Inn

Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites

Set in the heart of beautiful Mendocino Village, walking distance from all the eatery’s and the ocean and bluffs. Even if you never leave the grounds you can their gardens which offer peace and hidden spots to relax, breathe and meditate. Breakfast is great, mostly local, mostly organic, completely bountiful and delicious.

Sweetwater Spa and Inn 937-4076 or 800-300-4140 44840 Main St., Mendocino SweetwaterSpa.com

John Dougherty House • 937-5266 Joshua Grindle Inn • 937-4143 MacCallum House Inn • 937-5763 Mendocino Farmhouse • 937-0241

937-6200 44860 Main St., Mendocino DidjeridooInn.com

The Stanford Inn sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, the Inn is a peaceful haven for guests. Every detail is attended to, from woodburning fireplaces set and ready to light, to sumptuous organic breakfasts. Inspired by the inn’s certified organic gardens, The onsite Ravens’ Restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for its vegetarian cuisine. Indulge at the Inn’s Massage in the Forest and private yoga sessions.

937-0511 or 800-548-0513 45080 Main St., Mendocino MendocinoHotel.com

Mendocino Hotel is a full service hotel with deluxe rooms and suites offering dramatic ocean and garden views, some with fireplaces and balconies. Also enjoy their elegant Victorian Dining Room with award winning wine list, bistro-style menu and cocktails in the Lobby Lounge. Breakfast and lunch in the Garden Room.

Located in the heart of Mendocino Village, Sweetwater Spa and Inn offers fully equipped private cottages, unique and historical water tower suites and ocean view luxury suites. Enjoy free access to hot tubs and saunas while you stay.

POINT ARENA Brandybuck Ranch • 882-2269

Wharf Master’s Inn

The sheltered location of the Wharf Master’s Inn makes it an ideal destination any time of the year. The luxurious rooms feature fireplaces,jacuzzi, four post feather beds, private balconies with ocean or garden views, satellite television, and more, making this luxurious destination a very romantic and peaceful get-away!

SEA RANCH Sea Ranch Lodge • 785-2371

WESTPORT Howard Creek Ranch Inn 964-6725 40501 N. Hwy. 1, Westport HowardCreekRanch.com

Howard Creek Ranch Inn is an historic, 60 acre, ocean front farm. Accommodations include cabins, suites and rooms furnished with antiques, large comfortable beds, and handmade quilts with views of the ocean, mountains, creek or gardens.

Westport Hotel

964-3688 Hwy 1 at Seaview, Westport WestportHotel.us

Coast Guard House Historic Inn 882-2442 or 800-524-9320 695 Arena Cove, Point Arena CoastGuardHouse.com

The Coast Guard House Historic Inn was once home to brave sea rescuers. Today it’s a peaceful Bed and Breakfast Inn featuring rooms with fireplaces, and two private cottages with fireplaces and whirlpool spas for two. All of the rooms are designed with simple elegance and surrounded by quiet solitude.

Six rooms with private baths and ocean views. Have dinner at The Old Abalone Pub that also serves beer and wine, and is open for Sunday Brunch and Saturday afternoon tea. Westport Inn • 964-5135

Nicholson House Inn • 937-0934

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RV Parks & Campgrounds

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(Area code is 707 unless otherwise noted, recommended in red) Albion River Campground

Manchester KOA Kampground

Anchor Bay Campground

Ocean View RV

34500 Hwy 1, Albion 937-0606 AlbionRiverCampground.com 35400 Hwy 1, Gualala 884-4222 ABCamp.com

Caspar RV Park and Campground

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POMO RV PARK & CAMPGROUND www.pomorv.com

14441 Pt. Cabrillo Dr., Mendocino 964-3306 CasparBeachRVPark.com

Cleone Campground

24400 North Hwy 1, Fort Bragg 964-4589 CleoneCampground.com

Coast Vacation Trailers

23811 Quail Lane, Fort Bragg 962-9294 CoastVacationTrailers.com

Creekside Cabins and RV Resort 29801 North Hwy 101, Willits 459-2521 CreeksideCabinsandRVResort.com

Dolphin Isle Marina & RV Park

“Where the squirrels play and the quail have the right of way” Large secluded sites. Each site offers a special setting with rhododendron, pines and other native plants. Full or partial hook-ups, cable TV and wireless internet. Tenting areas, 17 acres of parkland, reservations recommended. One mile south of Hwy 20, on east side of Hwy 1, south of Botanical Gardens.

17999 Tregoning • Fort Bragg, CA 95437 • 707-964-3373

Manchester Beach KOA manchesterbeachkoa.com • RV Sites • Kabins & Kottages • Lodges • Recreation Hall w/ Kitchen • Free WiFi • Business Services • Rec Hall • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub • Bocce, Disc Golf, Volleyball, Hay Rides

1-800-562-4188 for availability & reservations

32399 Basin St., Fort Bragg 964-4113, (866) 964-4113 DolphinIsle.com

Golden Rule RV Park

44300 Kinney Rd., Manchester 882-2375, 800-562-4188 ManchesterBeachKOA.com 32955 Old Hwy 20, Fort Bragg 964-2202

Pomo RV Park and Campground 17999 Tregoning Ln.,Fort Bragg 964-3373 PomoRV.com

Redwood Empire Fairgrounds 1055 N State St., Ukiah 462-3884 RedwoodEmpireFair.com

Redwoods River Resort & Campground 75000 Hwy 101, Leggett 925-6249 RedwoodRiverResort.com

Schooner’s Landing RV Park & Marina 33621 N River Rd., Albion 937-5707

Sportsman’s RV Park

32094 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg 964-2612 SportsmansRVPark.com

Westport Beach / N Mendocino Coast KOA

16100 N Hwy 101, Willits 459-2958

37700 N. Hwy 1, Westport 964-2964 WestportBeachRV.com

Green Acres Campground

Wildwood Campground & RV Park

23600 N Hwy 1, Fort Bragg 964-1435

Gualala River Redwood Park

29700 Hwy 20, Fort Bragg 964-8297, 888-817-2267 Wildwoodside.com

Harbor RV Park

1600 Hwy 20, Willits 459-6179, 800-562-8542 WillitsKOA.com

46001 Gualala Rd., Gualala 884-3533 GualalaPark.com 1021 S Main St., Fort Bragg 961-1511

Hidden Pines Campground

18701 N Hwy 1, Fort Bragg 961-5451 HiddenPinesRVCampground.com

Willits KOA

Woodside RV Park & Campground 17900 North Hwy 1, Fort Bragg 964-3684, 888-481-CAMP Wildwoodside.com

Jug Handle Creek Farm & Nature Center

15501 North Hwy 1, Caspar 964-4630 JugHandleCreekFarm.com

Leisure Time Campground 30801 Hwy 20, Fort Bragg 964-5994, 800-700-8542 FortBraggLTRVPark.com

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Whether you are traveling up Coastal Hwy 1 to Mendocino Village, returning from a restful weekend, or making Gualala your destination, set some time aside to visit Bones Roadhouse. This unique watering hole offers barbeque to cry for and views to die for. The eclectic décor, mixing Barbary Coast Pirates with 50’s icons and even the front end of a Chevy Impala coming through the wall, will leave you with plenty to point at, should you ever tire of the view. Bones Roadhouse offers an inviting spot to sip beer or wine. You will enjoy a wide range of beer on tap, live music on the weekends, and authentic, wood-fired Texas-style Barbeque from Tri-Tip to pulled pork, all with generous portions. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! WHERE: 39080 S. Hwy 1, Gualala MORE INFO: 707-884-1188, BonesRoadhouse.com

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Serving the “Mendonoma Coast” from Fort Ross in Sonoma County to Elk in Mendocino County

800-778-5252 RedwoodCoastChamber.com

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Authentic Wood-fired Texas BBQ DINE IN • TAKE OUT • BACKDOOR CATERING Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Ocean View Dining • Full Bar • Live Music 39080 S. Highway One in Gualala (707) 884-1188 • www.BonesRoadhouse.com

BBQ, Brews & Blues!!!

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THE SEA TRADER Awakening & Celebrating Mind, Body & Spirit

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Tibetan Eastern Imports Magical Gifts • Meditation Tools New Age Music Nurturing Spirits For Over 30 Years Open Daily 10-5 pm • Sun 11-5 pm

38640 S. Hwy. 1 Gualala, CA 95445

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Gualala Point Regional Park

Looking for a place to spend a relaxing but fun-filled day outdoors? Open daily from dawn till dusk, Gualala Point Regional Park is popular with day hikers, picnickers and also offers a beautiful setting for small weddings. This beautiful park encompasses almost 200 acres of peaceful meadows, dramatic forests and delightful sandy beaches. The Gualala River runs lazily through the park and provides fun seasonal fishing adventures for those interested in spending a day on the water. The park also has a fantastic campground situated among the majestic redphoto by Gregg Gardiner wood trees and adjacent to the Gualala River. There is an expansive trail system available in the park where you can find the perfect hike to suit any skill and preference. Dogs are permitted on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length and a rabies certificate is required. There are several picnic areas scattered throughout the park for a quiet lunch or even a barbecue. Gualala Point Regional Park has a great Visitors Center featuring exhibits that showcase the history of Northern California, including its Native American predecessors and the impact of the logging industry. WHERE: one mile south of Gualala on Hwy 1 MORE INFO: 707-785-2377; camping reservations 565-2267. Sonoma-County.org/parks/pk_glala.htm

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To get a taste of the area’s artistic culture, visit the Gualala Arts Center which is home to some marvelous local and regional works of art. Several galleries showcase a wide and ever-changing variety of artistic styles, from oils and watercolors to sculptures and textiles. There’s always something interesting going on at Gualala Arts, with excellent workshops (with instructors brought in from around the nation) in addition to a full schedule of events, including exhibit openings, live theater, lectures, concerts, auto shows and youth programs. The Center also hosts a number of festivals each year, including the Whale & Jazz Festival in April, the Fine Arts Fair in May and the Art in the Redwoods Festival in August. For a current listing of events check their website. Space is also available at the center for weddings, memorials or business conferences. When visiting call ahead to see what exhibits and classes are available. Admission is free. WHERE: 46501 Gualala Rd., Gualala MORE INFO: 707-884-1138, GualalaArts.org

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Anchor Bay & Fish Rock Beach

Anchor Bay is a small southern coastal village that lies in the heart of the Mendocino “banana belt,” and is warmer, with less fog and wind than the surrounding areas. The seclusion Eat, Drink & Play in of this bay and Fish Rock Beach was enormously attractive to rum-runners during Prohibition. The long white sand beach is wind-protected, making it a delightful place to fish, scuba dive, ocean kayak, surf, and boogie and skim board. Rated in the Top 10 It is also a great beach for sea lion and whale California Beaches by watching or to go beachcombing and tide poolCondé Nast Magazine ing. For public access and to launch watercraft, Anchor Bay Campground charges a nominal access fee. Tent and RV camping is available. In the town of Anchor Bay, shop and stroll in an old-fashioned village market that specializes in natural foods, with a complete wine and beer emporium, restaurants and other busiAnchor Bay Massage nesses. Accommodations in Anchor Bay include individual vacation rental cottages and homes, Anchor Bay Store & Deli pristine housekeeping cabins, and two bed and Blue Canoe Coffee & Tea breakfast inns. WHERE: Between Gualala and Point Arena The Sea Sprite MORE INFO: 800-778-5252, RedwoodCoastTaqueria Mexican Restaurant Chamber.com/anchorbay

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POINT ARENA, CALIFORNIA 110 acres dedicated to the (800) 524-9320 coastguardhouse.com conservation of African hoof stock. Afternoon tours available by reservation only. Coast Guard Stay with us in comfort and style House Inn Private Horseback Riding at one of our eclectic cottages. The Coast Guard House Beach or in the Redwoods on Manchester 707-882-2297 Historic Inn was once www.bbryanpreserve.com Private, guided horseback rides through a

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In many romantic movies you will see a couple riding horseback along a deserted sandy beach. In others you will see couples riding through the woods. At Ross Ranch you can do both. The ranch offers two-hour beach or forest rides. On the Manchester Beach ride, you will pass rock formations such as sea stacks, driftwood and home to brave sea rolling surf on an unspoiled sandy beautiful mountain redwood forest just east of Elk beach. The forest tour will take rescuers. Today it’s a or go for a ride on spectacular Manchester Beach you along dirt paths through beaupeaceful bed and breakfast tiful redwood forests in the mouninn featuring rooms with RossRanch.biz tains just east of Elk. You will ride fireplaces, and two private through shady forests and sunny meadows that will give sweeping views of the valleys cottages with fireplaces and whirlpool spas for two. All below of the you. The Ross Ranch is a family-owned business that offers a personal touch. They have rooms are designed with simple elegance and surrounded by horses to suit everyone’s riding skills. Reservations are required—please call ahead to make sure they can reserve horses for you and your group. quiet solitude. 800-524-9320. 2 hours: WHERE: BEACH RIDES: 16401 Hwy 1, Manchester, 23 miles north of Gualala, or 10.5 miles www.coastguardhouse.com $60 Manchester Beach ride south of Elk at mile marker 23.5. Look for the Ross Ranch sign and horse trailer on the $50 Redwood Forest ride ocean side and park on the side of Hwy 1 (not in front of the gate.) REDWOOD RIDES: 28300 Philo-Greenwood Rd., Elk, 8 miles east of Elk on Philo-GreenFor Reservations: 707-877-1834 wood Rd. at mile marker 7.88. www.rossranch.biz MORE INFO: 707-877-1834, RossRanch.biz

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Point Arena Pier at Arena Cove

Point Arena Cove is a dream come true for fishermen and beachcombers alike. The cove, complete with its 330-foot Point Arena Pier, has some fantastic activities that everyone can enjoy. The pier is popular with surfers and has excellent fishing, considered by some as the best pier fishing in California. Striped sea perch, kelp greenling, rock greenling, cabezon, lingcod and salmon are all abundant in the waters beneath the pier. Bring your binoculars for a chance to see whales and many different species of birds, including the famous Laysan Albatross. The beaches of the cove offer excellent areas for beachcombing, shell collecting and tide pooling. Surfing and diving are also very popular activities in the area with dive sites close by, including sunken barges. Wash Rock and a harbor seal rookery are nearby as well. Boats up to 27 feet long may be launched off the pier. Lodging and dining can be found in Arena Cove and Point Arena. No license is necessary when fishing off the pier. However, dogs are not allowed on the pier. WHERE: in the heart of Point Arena. From the south, turn left from Hwy 1 onto Iverson Ave. This will turn into Port Rd., follow the road to the pier. From the north, turn right onto Port Rd. and follow it to the pier, mile marker MEN 14.85. MORE INFO: PierFishing.com/resources/index.php?id=piers:point_arena_pier

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Local lore has it that Schooner Gulch got its name from a mysterious vessel that appeared at the head of the gulch at dusk, but no evidence could be found of its existence in the morning. Today, Schooner Gulch State Beach offers its visitors not only great fun and exciting activities, but also some of the most magnificent views that you may ever see. Spend the day hiking, picnicking, fishing, sunbathing, surfing or windsurfing at either of these scenic beaches and the surrounding headlands. WHERE: south of Point Arena, mile marker 11.41 (Schooner Gulch) offers the closest parking area, look for a sign that says, “Park Facing South Only.” Each of two trailheads, 100 feet apart, will take you to a beach. The southern trailhead takes you through a dense forest for a short quarter-mile hike to Schooner Gulch Beach. The northern trail leads you over the headlands and down to Bowling Ball Beach which has had erosion problems so may not be accessible. Be sure to check the tides schedule before trekking to the beach. MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.ca.gov/?page_id=446

Go on safari in Mendocino County at the B. Bryan Preserve. Established by Dr. Frank and Judy Mello in Point Arena, the preserve was designed to aid in the conservation of the rare and endangered African antelope, zebra and giraffe. The preserve has three types of antelope, three species of zebra and the endangered Rothschild Giraffe roaming on over 110 acres of land. An educated public is one of the many steps needed to ensure the survival of these wonderful animals. Visits are available by reservation only at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. On the one-and-a-half hour tour you will have the chance to see these animals in a natural habitat, much like the land in their native Africa. This is a unique opportunity to observe and learn about the different species’ personalities and watch them interact. The B. Bryan Preserve is a BBryanPreserve.com great vacation destination with fully furnished ecofriendly cottages that are available for lodging. Learn more about the preserve online, where you can read about the animals and the mission of the preserve. WHERE: 130 Riverside Drive, Point Arena MORE INFO: 707-882-2297, BBryanPreserve.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Play with Us for Great Rewards, Great Food and Great Fun! 707-467-5300 22215 Windy Hollow Road Point Arena, CA 95468

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he Village of Elk, also known to some as Greenwood, is truly one of the most stunning stops along the Northern California Coast. In this little town you’ll find amazing views of the coast and Pacific Ocean, a mesmerizing meeting of land, sea and sky. On a coast celebrated for its scenic beauty, Elk is truly exceptional. Rock formations, sometimes called “sea stacks,” constitute a collection aesthetically unequaled. Visitors from near and far can always be seen pausing to take in the breathtaking views. In the 1800s trappers and hunters found their way to the region in search of abundant game. Britton Greenwood, the son of the famed tracker-explorer Caleb Greenwood, was the first to establish a ranch here, which he named the Elk Ranch. Britton was a rather heroic figure. Sent in at the tender age of 22, Britton rescued the children of the illfated Donner Party, packing the 14 children out one by one that fateful winter of 1846. A community grew around the ranches and dairy farms and soon small mills were established to mill the spectacular first-growth redwood. In 1883, local businessman Lorenzo White purchased most of the lands around Elk, establishing a large mill and building a railroad to support it. At one point, Elk supported a population of almost 1,000. At the turn-of-the-century, Elk was alive with hotels, dance halls, saloons and general stores. Probably because of its vibrancy, Jack London found Elk a perfect place to write. In February 1902, he wrote his masterpiece, The Call of the Wild, while staying in the old “It’s always a great day in Elk” White boarding house, today known as the hospital house, across from Li Foo Gulch.

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• Watch for migrating whales, dolphins and sea lions. • Enjoy an organic picnic, fill a basket at the deli and head to Greenwood-Philo Rd. to the wineries. • Explore Elk’s history at the Museum. • Enjoy Five Star dining. • Spot wild elk and deer in and around town. • Take a horseback ride through the forest, or along the beach. • Go kayaking, abalone diving and surf fishing. • Visits the shops and cooperative art galleries for some one-of-a-kind local gifts. MORE INFO: ElkCove.com

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Navarro River Redwoods State Park

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Manchester State Park

For one of the most scenic drives, travel through Navarro River State Park. After emerging from the rolling hills of the Anderson Valley, you will be impressed by the 11-mile long dramatic tunnel of redwoods that leads all the way to the mighty Pacific Ocean. Second growth redwood groves stretch the length of the park. The park is popular with anglers, canoeists and kayakers in the late winter and spring. Picnicking, swimming and two fabulous campgrounds are available. WHERE: Hwy 128, two miles east of the junction with Hwy 1 MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=435

Striking coastal views are what await you at Manchester State Park. The beach, located in this 760-acre park, offers fantastic pounding waves, herds of grazing cattle and sheep, dunes and expansive grasslands. Spend the day walking the never crowded 18,000 feet of coastal beach. The park also boasts a campground with 46 campsites that provide a delightful opportunity for those who wish to stay longer than a single day. Interested in fishing? The park has great freshwater fishing in both of its two streams. Brush Creek and Alder Creek boast wonderful steelhead and salmon fishing that will dazzle fishermen of all ages. You will not be disappointed that you took time to take in the scenery and views that come with a stay in Manchester State Park. WHERE: one and a half miles north of ManchesThe Most Intimate and Romantic Bed ter, mile marker MEN 21.48 and Breakfast on the Mendocino Coast MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_ id=437

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Greenwood State Beach

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Just north of the small town of Elk is the picturesque Greenwood State Beach. This is a great place to go for the day to soak up the sun, go swimming or have a picnic lunch on the coast. It is also a fantastic place to stroll along in the winter months to watch the sunset. This beach has an amazing history that you can learn about at the Greenwood State Beach Visitors Center. There you will find a museum that tells the story of the lumber industry in Elk, what it was like to live there in the 1800s and much more. The Visitors Center is located in the heart of Elk and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the middle of March to the end of October. WHERE: just north of Elk MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=447 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Albion, Little River and Mendocino

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Albion

The town of Albion was named by Captain W.A. Richardson after the ancient name for Britain. He chose the name in 1853 because the coastal cliffs reminded him of those in England. Richardson also built the first lumber mill in Albion on the river flats below the high wooden trestle bridge that spans the Albion River. Today, Albion features restaurants, lodging, a fully equipped grocery store and deli, as well as other necessities for the traveler. The area around Albion is rich with sheltered coves that are excellent for tidepooling, hiking and exploring. Albion Ridge Rd., which travels east of Hwy 1, will afford the traveler panoramic views of the area’s rolling hills as they slope down to the ocean. It is an excellent place to watch red-tailed hawks, and in winter the migratory tundra swans on their way to the Garcia River, south of Albion.

Visitors will be delighted in and around this picturesque town. The area offers such activities as deep-sea fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, abalone diving, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Trails lead from the headlands down to beaches where visitors can search for seashells or explore the numerous tide pools. However, beachcombers and hikers should always keep an eye on the ocean. Large “sneaker waves” are common and can sweep unsuspecting hikers off the rocks and out to sea. The Mendocino Hotel on Main Street is an attractive hostelry that was built in 1878. It still serves the same function today that it did more than 100 years ago and its rooms are furnished with antiques, fireplaces and historic memorabilia. The Kelley House Museum on Albion Street is another historic building that is accessible to visitors. Built in 1861, the Kelley House has period artifacts and photographs, as well as a pond and gardens.

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Little River, Albion’s neighbor to the north, has a similar history. Little River’s first lumber mill was built in 1864. It closed down in 1893, then burned in 1910. Next to the mill was the shipyard of Thomas Peterson whose vessels won prizes for their design and craftsmanship, including first prize in San Francisco at the Fourth of July Regatta in 1876. On average, three prime trees were used to build each ship. Little River Cove offers one of the most popular beaches on the Mendocino Coast. The protected cove is a great place for water recreation with many divers splashing into its smooth waters in search of abalone, and other underwater treasures. The cove is also near the entrance to Van Damme State Park, one of the most popular parks on the coast. Van Damme offers beautiful hiking trails in the lush Fern Canyon trail system. There are lots of things to explore on the fern-carpeted floors of the Little River Canyon. You will feel like a giant in the Pygmy Forest with its mature cypress and pine trees that grow between 6 inches and 8 feet tall or follow your nose to skunk cabbage at the Cabbage Patch. The beach is a popular place for skindiving and abalone hunting. Van Damme offers several camping options and year-round guided coastal kayak tours.

Mendocino

A trip to Northern California would not be complete without a stop in the quaint and rustic Village of Mendocino. This historic town, which sits on rugged bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, features dozens of shops, art galleries, bed-and-breakfast inns and is host to several special events every year, including the Mendocino Whale Festival in March and the Mendocino Music Festival in July. The beauty of the town is what first impresses visitors. The New England-style architecture is the influence of homesick pioneers who “came ’round the horn” in the mid-19th century to be a part of the town’s lumber boom resulting from the Gold Rush. San Francisco was a booming city in need of building materials and harvesting coastal redwoods abundant around Mendocino provided a source of prosperity for people in the small town. The area’s history is evident in its buildings and the town of Mendocino has been designated a National Historic Preservation District.

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• Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Events, see page 32 • January: Crab & Wine Festival • March: Mendocino Whale Festivals, MendoWhale.com • May-October: Mendocino Farmers’ Markets, mcfarm.org • May/June: Mendocino Film Festival, MendocinoFilmFestival.org • May: A Taste of Chocolate, Wine & Ale, MendocinoArtCenter.org • July: Mendocino Music Festival, MendocinoMusic.com

• July: 4th of July Parade & Events, Mendocino.com • July: Summer Arts & Crafts Fair, MendocinoArtCenter.org • September: Artists Open Studio Tour, MendocinoArtCenter.org • November: Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival, Mendocino.com • November: Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair, MendocinoArtCenter.org MORE INFO: MendocinoCoast.com

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Golfing at Little River Inn

For a true coastal golfing experience, try an award-winning regulation nine-hole golf course, complete with forest and ocean views. The fairways of Little River Inn Golf Course are tucked in the hills among the Redwoods, allowing stunning views of the coast and beyond. The course has two extra greens, so it can be played as an 18-hole course if desired. Share the fresh air with deer, frogs, blue herons, raccoons and other wildlife. There are also two cement, lighted tennis courts, a Pro Shop, snack bar, motorcarts, pull-carts, a driving range, and equipment for sale and rent. Little River Inn has stunning rooms and a fabulous restaurant to retreat to after a round or two. Inn guests receive a 10 percent discount on green fees. WHERE: 7901 N. Hwy 1, Little River MORE INFO: 707-937-5667, LittleRiverInn.com

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July 13 ~ 27, 2013

Music that mirrors the world

Festival Orchestra July 13 ~ 8 pm Verdi, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff

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Historic Village of Mendocino

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Along a beautiful, craggy coastline painted with wildflowers, you will see some of the most historic buildings in California. Mendocino began in the 1850s as a lumber town. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, some of the homes and shops from that time still stand today. However, most of the structures date back to the Victorian era of the 1870s. You will see a variety of architectural styles such as Salt Box, Cottage, Queen Anne, Italianate and Gothic Revival. Make sure to stop in at the Ford House Museum and Visitor Center where you can take a look at a model of what the photo by Scott Alexander town looked like almost a century ago. Visit the Kelly House Museum to learn more about the history of this charming village that has barely changed over the century. Visitors can take part in a Historic House and Building Tour starting at the Museum every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Join their docents for a stroll around the historic village of Mendocino, passing by early pioneer homes, historic meeting places and buildings that make up the National Historic District. MORE INFO: Kelly House Museum, 45007 Albion St., Mendocino, 707-937-5791, MendocinoHistory.org and Ford House Museum, 735 Main St., Mendocino, 707-937-5397

Let your soul breathe and your imagination take flight at Mendocino Art Center, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the top of the Mendocino headlands. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, primarily with native plants. The Zacha Sculpture Garden features not only sculpture but a lovely tiled courtyard surrounded by art studios. Thanks to its amazing collection of art, the Mendocino Art Center has gained national and international recognition. Get a taste of local flavor by touring photography, watercolor and sculpture galleries. The facilities include studios and classrooms for painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and fiber arts. The center hosts annual events, Artists Receptions are held the second Saturday of each month, and concerts are held the first Sunday of each month. Take something home with you from the Members’ Gallery featuring oneof-a-kind, locally handcrafted artwork available for purchase from accomplished Northern California artists. WHERE: 45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-5818, MendocinoArtCenter.org

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Mendocino Theater Co. / Helen Schoeni Theatre

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Live theater can take on a life of its own. The actors become the characters and you become completely absorbed. The reputable Mendocino Theater Company has been staging fabulous plays since 1976 at the 82-seat Helen Schoeni Theatre on the Mendocino Art Center Campus. They have performed everything from literary classics and children’s theater, to modern comedies and drama such as Of Mice & Men and Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. The comfortable lobby of the theatre boasts a full bar offering cocktails, beer, wine and a variety of locally made treats. In addition, the Art Center has a number of galleries that make for interesting exploration while on the property. WHERE: Helen Schoeni Theatre at the northeast corner of the Mendocino Art Center campus, just past the intersection of Little Lake and Kasten Sts. in Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-4477, MendocinoTheatre.org

With each new wave of the mighty Pacific, the Mendocino coast has surged with changes. Sandy shores gave way to rocky crags that stand like centurions over stretches of blue waters. Native Americans breathed in the ocean air as pioneers stepped through the pages of time, inhaling the scent of another adventure, exhaling the breath of a new technology that linked one century to the next. The Ford House Museum displays these Mendocino breaths of time. Built in 1854 by Jerome and Martha Ford, the house once held the dreams of an oceanic adventurer. Jerome came to the North Coast in 1851 in search of the treasures of the great Frolic Shipwreck. He found the treasures of the mighty coastal redwoods instead and soon partnered with an eastern entrepreneur to establish both the town of Mendocino and a booming mill yard. Today, from its location on Main Street, the Ford House Museum serves as the visitor center for the Mendocino Headlands State Park, offering both historic and current information on the Mendocino area. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Ford House Museum exhibits models of 19th century oceanic vessels, logging tools, photographs, Native American relics and an elaborate model of the town of Mendocino in 1890. It also offers a wide selection of brochures, books and cards, as well as free seasonal lectures on area wildlife and changing seasonal exhibits in its gallery. History lovers will want to catch Heritage Days in May. Call for reservations for the Ford House Progressive Dinner held the first Friday in May, an annual benefit for the continued restoration of the Historic Ford House, visitor center and museum for Mendocino Headlands State Park. WHERE: 735 Main St., Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-5397, Mendocino.com/?id=247

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Mendocino Music Festival

Waves of music will crash to the sea at the 2013 Mendocino Music Festival. Set in picturesque Mendocino Village, the annual Mendocino Music Festival is a celebration of musical variety. Spend the morning in the Village, visit the beach, enjoy a lunch of local foods at one of the many fine restaurants. Later in the day enjoy a concert overlooking the ocean in the big Tent Concert Hall on Mendocino Headlands State Park or at one of several smaller venues around the community. Four concert series are Classical—including the Festival Orchestra and chamber music—the JazzFest, the World Series and the 3Bs of Boogie, Blues and Bluegrass. Before the day’s performances visitors are welcome to attend orchestra rehearsals, scheduled almost daily. Pack a lunch and bring the family for a musical picnic on the headlands. The festival sweeps into motion July 13, 2013 and comes to a dramatic conclusion on July 27. This 15-day celebration is choreographed to charge your senses and lighten your soul. The Mendocino Music Festival website has event schedules, ticket information and much more. WHERE: Main Street in the town of Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-2044, MendocinoMusic.org

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The Wine Bar[n] at Glendeven

Venture a few minutes south of Mendocino Village to the historic Glendeven Inn, home of intimate farm-to-table dinners and The Wine Bar[n] at Glendeven, the sole Mendocino-only wine shop on the Mendocino Coast. The Inn itself began as a New England-style farmhouse built in 1867. In more contemporary times, its accompanying barn came to house The Barn Gallery, a prominent Mendocino art gallery showcasing the work of local artists with exciting retail items as well. It seems only natural that the art of fine wine making should follow as an integral part of that effort and in 2008 the Wine Bar[n] came into being on the first floor of the barn. With its contemporary lounge-like atmosphere, illuminated by huge windows framing the Inn’s gardens, The Wine Bar[n] will afford you and your companion a gracious environment in which to discover the uniqueness of Mendocino County’s many regional wines. Indulge Glendeven.com yourselves in a tasting flight of Mendocino county varietals! You can even enjoy it all outdoors in good weather, with The Wine Bar[n]’s wonderful graveled courtyard and garden under the guard of the Inn’s original water tower. WHERE: 8205 N. Hwy 1 in Little River MORE INFO: 800-822-4536 or 707-937-0083, innkeeper@glendeven.com, Glendeven.com

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Mendocino Film Festival

The Mendocino Coast has starred in more than 60 films over the years, including East of Eden, Summer of ’42, and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, as well as the long-running TV series, Murder She Wrote. So what better place to host a film festival? The annual Mendocino Film Festival (May 31-June 2, 2013) features film screenings and special events all within easy (and lovely) walks from each other in Mendocino Village, plus special screenings in Point Arena and Fort Bragg. The event’s relaxed and intimate feel offers visitors a great chance to interact with filmmakers while enjoying their work. In addition to a wealth of narrative features, shorts, documentaries and animation, plus a children’s program, the Festival showcases films in two unique categories: Films for Our Future highlights films about the environment, as well as social justice and spiritual themes; and Films on the Arts brings to the Festival the life and work of outstanding artists, dancers and musicians. According to Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Adrian Belic, “The Mendocino Film Festival is the near perfect film festival. It is about great films, talented filmmakers and wonderful film lovers, all set in a breathtakingly beautiful place. There are few film festivals in the world where you will feel more welcome.” Call or check the festival’s website for dates, film selections, schedules, special guests, events and ticket information. MORE INFO: 707-937-0171, MendocinoFilmFestival.org and on Facebook Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Elegant Lodging on the Mendocino Coast

Hill House Inn A Country Inn Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Historic Mendocino ~ spacious ocean and garden suites ~ restaurant, bar, lounge and terrace ~ spectacular views, lush Victorian gardens ~ towering rustic redwood water towers ~ large private and public spaces available for weddings, meetings and retreats

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Mendocino Headlands Park

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Annual Whale Migration, Whale Festival

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Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

If you are in the town of Mendocino, take some time to visit Mendocino Headlands State Park. The park surrounds the town on three sides and provides a buffer of undeveloped and rugged land. Whales in the winter, wildflowers in the spring, nesting seabirds in the summer and spectacular color in autumn are just a few of the attractions. Miles of trails wind along the cliffs, giving the casual explorer spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos. Three miles of trails meander atop the rugged and majestic cliffs that line the coast. The park has beachfront that is accessible from Big River and excellent fishing and scuba diving opportunities. The park has been in operation since 1974. The town’s south headlands, facing Main St., remained in timber company ownership until 1972. The threat of development there spurred resident artist Emmy Lou Packard to start a movement in 1969, which led to inclusion of the south headlands in the State Park. An outgrowth of this effort was the listing of Mendocino on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, an essential step toward protecting Mendocino’s 19thcentury flavor. Now the park land provides Mendocino with a buffer area that preserves the town’s historical presence. In return, the town provides a view of a unique blend of natural, ecological, cultural and social diversity. WHERE: surrounds the town of Mendocino on three sides MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.ca.gov/?page_id=442

All along the Mendocino Coast from December until April migrating whales can be seen quite easily from the shore or on the sea. The fortunate will see newborn calves traveling alongside their mothers. Gray whales at birth are a mere 15 feet long but will grow to about 45 feet. There are many places along the coast to charter a boat to get up close and personal with these goliaths. Plan to be in Mendocino in March for the Mendocino Whale Festival or the Little River Whale Festival to celebrate and learn more about the gray whale. Mendocino Village festivities include wine tasting from local Mendocino wineries in various shops, galleries and inns. A free trolley offers rides to participating merchants and nearby events, like the chowder tasting, whale watching walks and Mendocino County food product tasting. The Little River Whale Festival offers lodging specials, a tasting tour, and an art and nature adventure Passport Contest to introduce you to the local hidden secrets. WHERE: Mendocino Coast MORE INFO: Mendocino Whale Festival, 707-961-6303, MendoWhale.com

Boating or biking through the redwoods along beautiful Big River are Mendocino Coast’s top outdoor activities. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too offers a wide variety of rental kayaks, canoes, outriggers, stand up paddle boards and bicycles to explore Big River Canyon and beyond. Their unique outrigger canoes are locally crafted, using beautiful redwood strip construction. These popular boats are extremely stable and easy to paddle. New for 2013 is the Canine Cruiser designed especially to accommodate dogs of all sizes. Many different models are offered which carry from one to nine persons, perfect for couples and families. Professionally guided tours are also available aboard a special 33 foot, 9-person out-

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rigger. These informative summer tours include: Solar Eco which utilizes wind, solar electric, and human power, for easy cruising on Big River. Wildlife, Moonlight, and Nighttime Bioluminescence tours are also offered. If you prefer bicycles, there are many wonderful trails in and around Mendocino Village and alongside Big River. Rent a mountain or comfort bike and use Catch a Canoe’s latest map to find your perfect ride. Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too is well known for their friendly, helpful service since 1972. They are open year round, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: #1 South Big River Dr., Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-0273, CatchaCanoe.com, TourBigRiver.com

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The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1909. At one point during the tower’s history, the beaming light could be seen 13 to 15 miles out to sea. Today the lighthouse has been completely restored and is open to the public year-round. Tour the property and see all of the historic buildings that still stand, including the keeper’s residences, coal buildings, carpentry shop, smithy and the=oil house. Learn how the lighthouse was run back in the early 1900s, what a day in the life of a lighthouse keeper was like and the role of the lighthouse today. The beautifully restored Head Light Keeper’s House and cottages are furnished with early 1900s period antiques and

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Big River and Big River Haul Road

Big River State Park is an amazing park offering 7,334 wild acres for exploration. Acquired in 2002, the park includes the largest coastal estuary north of San Francisco with 1,500 acres of wetlands. You can swim, bike, canoe, jog, walk your dog (leashed) or hike along the beautiful Big River. The beaches along the river are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Big River’s lower 6 to 8 miles provide a wonderful boating experience. Private canoes, sailboats, kayaks and rowboats can put in at the primitive boat ramp at the eastern edge of the sandy beach just below the trailhead. Along Big River’s northern bank, Big River Haul Road provides a flat, wide, scenic promenade into the hearts of nearby Jackson Demonstration State Forest and Mendocino Woodlands State Park. The trailhead is at the end of a dirt road that can be reached by turning east (inland) off of Hwy 1 just north of the Big River Bridge. For a more serious walk, start in the village, cross the beach under the bridge and continue along the shore until you come to the gate at the trailhead. Hike along the shore to find marsh and tidewater wildlife or along the miles of trails that wind back through the forest. The Big River protects, preserves and is home to great blues herons, osprey, wild ducks, river otters and over 27 endangered wildlife and plant species.

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It is likely that you will never experience anything like the Jug Handle State Preserve Ecological Staircase. The “staircase” is a land formation that stretches up over 1,000 acres and creates five distinct geological terraces in the process. Start your hike in the inter-tidal zone and ascend through areas of prairie, Redwood forest and end in the unique Pygmy Forest. The Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center acts as a private gateway to the area and offers an environmental education program that is packed with fun and entertaining activities. The Farm also offers hostel-style accommodations in a 120-year-old Victorian house. An educational brochure is available to explain the changing environments as you travel the five-mile trail up the slope. WHERE: located half way between Fort Bragg and Mendocino on Hwy 1. MORE INFO: Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=441 Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center, 707-964-4630, JugHandleCreekFarm.org

One of the most dramatic coastlines in California can be found at Caspar Headlands State Beach. Located adjacent to Caspar Headlands State Reserve north of Mendocino off Hwy 1, this beautiful stretch of coast offers miles of undeveloped, natural beach. Swimming, boating, fishing and various other popular beach activities are at their best at this location. Enjoy incredible views of rugged cliffs, coastal bluffs, and more than two acres of headlands that offer nearly 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. If you happen to be there in late winter or early spring, you might get the opportunity to see the gray whales as they migrate. The area boasts a long and storied logging history, and a quaint town area. The Headlands is truly one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring locations on the West Coast and is well worth the trip. WHERE: two miles north of Russian Gulch off Coast Access Rd., milepost 54.71 MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=445

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Van Damme State Park

Fantastic outdoor fun and delightful scenery await at Van Damme State Park. Hiking, camping, fishing and abalone diving are enjoyed in an awesome setting of natural wonder. The park straddles Hwy 1 where Little River empties into a protected, rocky bay, popular with divers and kayakers. The surf here is usually calm enough to allow launching boats and sea kayaks from the beach. Daytime parking and picnicking at the beach is free. Most of the park’s 2069 acres lie east of the highway, up verdant Fern Canyon. The park offers beautiful and shady campsites. A paved trail follows the Little River 2.5 miles up the lovely canyon, connecting with a dirt path climbing to the Pygmy

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Forest. For the more adventuresome hiker, there is an extensive system of trails that meanders throughout the park over ten breathtaking miles. Whether your stay is short or extended, an unforgettable adventure can always be found at Van Damme State Park. WHERE: three miles south of the town of Mendocino on Hwy 1. MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=433

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Northern California is famous throughout the world for towering Redwoods and Douglas firs that grow to be hundreds of feet tall. There are, however, trees that cannot grow to even 10 feet tall or much more than an inch thick. To see the story of this contrast, take a trip to the Pygmy Forest, located in Van Damme State Park off Hwy 1, three miles south of Mendocino. The natural conditions of the soil are believed to be the cause of the stunted growth in these cypress and pine trees less than a mile away from the mighty Redwoods. It’s amazing how these trees somehow grow under such adverse conditions and manage to remain alive. When some of these tiny trees have been cut down, more than 80 to 100 growth rings have been carefully counted. If you are in the area and have already been wowed by the remarkable Redwood towers that soar into the heavens, you should also check out the Pygmy Forest and be astonished by the adaptability and hardiness of these tiny trees. WHERE: in Van Damme State Park off Hwy 1, three miles south of Mendocino MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=25144

The title of “State Reserve” in California is only given to areas of land that possess the most magnificent natural features and beauty. Caspar Headlands State Reserve truly lives up to the title. Located about 4 miles north of Mendocino off Hwy 1, this 3-acre reserve is located directly adjacent to the town of Caspar, which sits atop one of the most strikingly beautiful Pacific coastal bluffs that you will ever see. The reserve is characterized by the dramatic rock formations and spectacular cliffs that give it some of the most awe-inspiring views in Mendocino County. The reserve also contains some of the most impressive wildflowers in the area. Just to the north of Caspar Headlands State Reserve is the Caspar Beach and RV Campground which offers great camping for those who are interested in extending their stay in the area. In order to gain access to the reserve, you will have to obtain an entry permit from the Mendocino Sector Office. WHERE: south on Point Cabrillo Rd., past the RV Campground, turn right on Caspar Dr. to Headlands Dr. Parking is outside the reserve on Caspar Dr. MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=444 WHERE: off Hwy 1 in Mendocino, adjacent to Mendocino Headlands State Park MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=25197

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How often do you get to experience a breathtakingly sparkling, cascading 36-foot waterfall? Russian Gulch State Park offers 1,305 acres of natural beauty, and much more. Begin by taking a look at a truly unique feature of the park, the blowhole. The relentless pounding of the mighty Pacific Ocean has burrowed a 200-foot tunnel inland. Over time, a huge section caved in, measuring 60 feet deep by 100 feet wide, creating a spectacular sight. At high tide, you can peer down into the plant and flower-lined canyon to see the churning, bubbling sea as it crashes and thunders below. The park has a great beach for swimming, rock fishing, skindiving and tidepooling. Russian Gulch State Park boasts more than 10 miles of trails to explore headlands, its waterfall, steep lush canyon walls, a 3-mile bike trail and plenty of horseback riding trails. A beautiful picnic area sits atop the cliff, overlooking a dramatic cove. The park is a popular destination for camping, with 23 sites open from April through October. WHERE: two miles north of Mendocino on Hwy 1 MORE INFO: 707-937-5804, Parks.ca.gov/?page_id=432 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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riginally established as a military outpost to maintain order for the Mendocino Indian Reservation in the 1850s, Fort Bragg is now the largest city on the Mendocino Coast. Much of Fort Bragg’s history can be viewed at the Guest House Museum, located on the corner of Main (Hwy 1) and Laurel Sts. Built for the Fort Bragg Redwood Company in the 19th Century, the building later became the Union Lumber Company guest house and now houses artifacts, photos and exhibits from the town’s early days. Noyo Harbor on the south end of town is a working port with a commercial fishing fleet, charter boats, fish markets and processing plants, as well as several seafood restaurants. The harbor is also a haven for local seals and sea lions.

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Excellent restaurants, lodging, retail stores, antique shops Beaches are nearby for beachcombing, picnicking and surf fishing Explore Noyo Harbor Kayak, paddleboard, charter a boat for whale-wathching or fishing, or both, November through April Horseback Riding, Ricochet Ridge Ranch, Horse-Vacation.com MacKerricher State Park, numerous campsites and day use areas including a raised wooden walkway that leads to a seal observation point overlooking a secluded cove. The walkway is wheelchair accessible. The park also features a small lake and miles of unspoiled coastline. • The Skunk Train takes passengers on a scenic tour of the redwood forests east of Fort Bragg along the Noyo River. • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, two miles south of the center of Fort Bragg, containing 47 acres of flowers, trees and shrubs with winding trails throughout • Fort Bragg Skate Park at the C.V. Starr Community Center, 300 South Lincoln Street

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Communing with nature is a way of life in Noyo Harbor. Harbor seals, sea lions and even river otters bask in the sun, play, and poke their smooth looking heads out of the water, all around the bay. Waterfowl, including osprey, cormorants, pelicans and gulls, patrol the waters looking for their next edible opportunity. Nature lovers have plenty to marvel at, with the wide photo by Ron LeValley, LevalleyPhoto.com variety of wildlife that makes the harbor home. Annually, over 20,000 California Gray Whales travel south along the coast from Alaska, to winter in their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. In the spring, they return north to begin the cycle again. Often you can see these graceful giants from the shore, but chartering a boat from the harbor is an excellent way to meet them on their terms, in their world—so don’t forget your camera. A local professional guide can educate guests about the habits and history of these awe-inspiring creatures, while maximizing the chances of seeing the most whales, even on a short visit. During the whale migrations many fishing charters offer fishing trips combined with whale-watching tours. In March, help celebrate the migration during the Annual Fort Bragg Whale Festival, an experience the whole family can enjoy. Take part in guided whale-watching walking tours, sample clam chowders with the kids, and take a free trolley from the festival grounds to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Adults can sample good beer and great BBQ at the microbrew and barbeque tasting.

FISHING CHARTERS The harbor offers excellent sport-fishing opportunities; a local guide can draw from firsthand experience on these waters, supply the proper gear, and show you how to catch that monster fish. Charters are available from the harbor and can accommodate almost any ocean fishing need. To learn more about charters available, go to Noyo Fishing Center at 32450 N. Harbor Dr., or call 707-964-3710. The harbor and surrounding coastal areas are teaming with fish including rockfish, lingcod, halibut and tuna, and are some of the best places on the West Coast to catch Chinook Salmon. But there are many fish in the sea, so who knows what may be found at the end of the line? If the land is what you love, yet you would still like to get out into the ocean, take a walk down the Noyo Jetty—no fishing license is required to fish from the jetty.

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Fort Bragg Pacific Star Winery

Pacific Star Winery is a great place to take in the ocean and enjoy traditional and unusual Mendocino County wines. The building actually sits atop an active fault line, “Pacific Star Fault,” which was named in honor of the winery upon its discovery in 2006. The fault’s activity over eons and the pounding waves of the Pacific have chiseled this dramatic shoreline. The cellar and tasting room sit over sea caves where the crashing waves below help to naturally filter the aging wine from its sentiment. Because of its proximity to the ocean, salt from sea air gathers on the oak barrels and accelerates osmosis, creating uniquely viscous and dense wines. Bring a lunch and picnic on the edge, as the waves crash and break on the rocks below. Guests are invited to experience the spectacular land, the view and the wine. In the spring and fall, this is a great place to see California Gray whales pass by on their migration route. Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast, the winery welcomes you to share in the experience. The owners and staff of this truly impressive stretch of the Mendocino Coast believe that this precious land should be shared with all. The winery has tasting daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, excluding major holidays, in two tasting rooms; one at the winery and one in the town of Fort Bragg. The winery has a spectacular picnic area with breathtaking coastal views. Pacific Star has a comprehensive website where visitors can view photos of the winery and its beautiful location, learn more about its unique wine making process and event planning, join their Wine Club and purchase wine. WHERE: approximately 12 miles north of Fort Bragg at the 73.58 mile post on scenic Hwy 1; and in the satellite tasting room at 401 N. Main St. in Fort Bragg, at the Depot Mall, 707-962-9463. MORE INFO: 707-964-1155, PacificStarWinery.com

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Old Haul Road (Ten Mile Trail)

Starting at the Pudding Creek Trestle, at The Ten Mile Coastal Trail, part of the vast California Coastal Trail system is located on Northern California’s Mendocino Coast in MacKerricher State Park. The Beachcomber Motel front desk staff provides visiting walkers with the Ten Mile Coastal Trail log book to sign their names and join the ranks of the hundreds of people who have walked this trail. The trail runs along the bed of an old logging haul road and railroad north from the Fort Bragg city limits, seven miles to the Ten Mile River. A multi-use trail for hikers, bicyclists and horse back riders, the asphalt paved trail traverses coastal bluffs to Ward Ave., connecting to Hwy 1. An additional three miles north of Ward Avenue leads to the Ten Mile River through a sand dune complex. The trail provides one of the longest unbroken whale watching locations on the West Coast along with diverse activities as nature study, fresh and salt water fishing, tidepooling, seal watching and surfing. MORE INFO: TheBeachcomberMotel.com

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ frontage is only a glimpse of its bounty and the unknowing traveler may just drive by. But behind the front entry you’ll discover 47 acres of manicured gardens, coastal pine forests, fern-covered canyons, and bluffs with expansive views of the Pacific. In the garden are rhododendron-fringed ponds, bubbling brooks, winding paths, beckoning glades, a whimsical children’s playground, lush lawn with picnic tables, and rustic gazebo surrounded by some 450 dahlias. See Camellias, succulents, conifers, heritage roses, heaths and heathers, exotic and native species, and much more, all thriving in the gardens mild maritime climate. Whale watchers find safe harbor in the Cliff House to view winter and spring migrations, and bird watchers delight in nearly 150 species of birds living in or visiting the Gardens. It’s a garden for all seasons, whether you enjoy gardening, nature walks or spectacular ocean vistas. In April and May, you’ll be greeted with a profusion of stunning rhododendron blossoms. Summer brings an explosion of vibrant color to the dahlia garden. You’ll find wild mushrooms rising through the earth ubiquitously in the fall. In winter the Garden is filled with the light and texture of conifers, and in the spring native wildflowers dust the headlands with the soft hues of life reborn. How you choose to experience nature’s elements at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is up to you…just be sure not to miss it! Summer Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MarchOct.) Winter Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Nov.-Feb.) WHERE: 18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964-4352, GardenByTheSea.org

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Enjoy 18 holes of fun at the Emerald Dolphin Mini Golf and Fun Center. All 18 challenging holes are located in and around gorgeous streams, fountains, and waterfalls and are fun for all ages and experience levels. The first 9 holes are also handicapped-accessible. After a round of mini golf, go inside the club house and play a game of pool, or try your skills in the arcade. Enjoy today’s top arcade games including Dance Dance Revolution, pinball, air hockey and Big Buck Hunter. Also inside, you will find a food court serving delicious pizza, nachos, ice cream, ice cold sodas, beer and more.

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A private party room is available for your next celebration or event. Parties can be planned with the ED Mini Golf staff in any theme you desire. They do all the decorating, food, drinks and clean up: it just doesn’t get any easier than that. If you’re planning an event on your own, custom balloon bouquets can be ordered and delivered from ED Mini Golf. If balloons are just not enough, ED Mini Golf is the only place in the county that offers Gorilla-Grams: A “gorilla” dressed in costume will arrive at your next party to dance your guests into hysterics. Call well in advance for the perfect gift for someone that has everything, and check the website for more information. Whether it be balloons, party supplies, toys or gifts, ED Mini Golf has everything you need for a fabulous party. WHERE: 1211 So. Main St., Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 866-964-6699, EmeraldDolphin.com/mini_golf_and_arcade.htm

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Horseback Riding at Ricochet Ridge Ranch

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Ride along deserted beaches and through ancient redwood forests on the back of a well trained, fit horse. Lari Shea’s Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers both group and private trail rides along Ten Mile Beach, across vast cattle and horse ranches overlooking the ocean and through majestic Redwood forests. California’s unique climate offers unmatched riding days year-round. Horses are available for riders of any level, from the absolute beginner to the very advanced, both English and Western styles. Your horse and the pace of your ride will be carefully matched to your riding ability, assuring your utmost enjoyment. Experienced riders may canter for miles on spectacular trails during private rides. Ricochet Ridge Ranch, Horse-Vacation.com Some of the Ricochet Ridge Ranch horses are equine athletes who have numerous wins and high placings in major endurance races, dressage and other competitive events. Others are suitable for folks who have never ridden before. Children 6 years of age and older are welcome to ride. Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers daily, multiple day and week-long riding vacations. Read articles and reviews on our website, and watch excerpts from Best of America by Horseback and Bay Area Back Roads television shows! WHERE: 24201 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964-7669 or 888-873-5777, Horse-Vacation.com

At MacKerricher State Park, coastal prairie terraces roll into steep, rocky bluffs and miles of sandy beaches. Wetlands and tide pools offer warm welcomes, where Bishop and Shore Pine forests frame Lake Cleone, an ancient coastal lagoon. An underwater park, where five ships are rumored to lie, also begs for exploration. The park’s seven mile stretch invites you to meander along boardwalks or stop at the Laguna Point observation deck to watch a resident colony of harbor seals and view gray whales on their annual migrations, from mid-December to early April. On the southern coast of the park is Glass Beach, where thousands of pieces of glass, pounded smooth by the surf, can be Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Fort Bragg seen glistening in the sun. You can look, but please leave the glistening glass for the next generation. Miles of open beach await visitors on horseback and tours are available through Ricochet Ridge Ranch. Old logging roads — once bustling with vehicles carrying timber to Fort Bragg — now offer bicyclists refreshing vistas of the sea. After a full day’s adventure, the park also offers Wi-Fi service to reconnect to the world and 148 developed campsites, as well as 10 walk-in campsites where families, hikers and leashed dogs can rest (reservations are necessary in the summer). The park, located three miles North of Fort Bragg on Hwy 1, also has many wheelchair accessible regions. MORE INFO: 707-964-9112, Parks.Ca.gov/?page_id=436

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Mendocino Chocolate Company

The Mendocino Chocolate Company has been making delectable chocolates and other treats for almost 30 years. Stop by the Fort Bragg store, or their second store in the Village of Mendocino, and you will understand why the Mendocino Chocolate Company views the making of candies as a true art form. Try some of the world’s most delightful handmade confections including the more than 25 different truffle flavors that range from Mendocino Moon, to Plantation Mint, to Raspberry Lace. The store features an array of unique gift items as well as sumptuous Bundt Cakes and Dark Fudgy Mendocino-Chocolate.com Brownies. Mendocino Chocolate Company can ship its fine products anywhere in the United States. WHERE: (2 locations)232 North Main St., Fort Bragg; and at 10466 Lansing St., Mendocino, between Village Toy Store and Rainsong MORE INFO: 800-722-1107, Mendocino-Chocolate.com

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Abalone Diving in Coastal Waters

Every year after a sleepy winter, the northern coast of California awakens with a surge of humans piling into their cars in the early morning chill. The hunting season for those bottom anchoring delicacies—abalone or sea snails—has begun. For over five decades, Northern California has allowed only recreational abalone harvesting. This non-commercial regulation combined with the abalone’s preferred habitat of rocky shores and strong currents, makes Northern California the home of one of the densest populations of abalone in the world. It’s no wonder that during the open season from April to June and August to November, recreational divers from novice to expert swarm the area for their fill of the legendary Red Abalone. After a full day of braving frigid, murky waters and entangling kelp forests, free-diving abalone divers will tell you there is nothing that beats the rush of coming back to shore laden with the fortune of a delectable abalone foot and its ornamental, iridescent shell. MORE INFO: Sub-Surface Progression, 18600 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg 707-964-3793, AbDive.com

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Enjoy the gracious spaces of the Weller House Inn, with nine carefully decorated Victorian rooms, and an elegant garden. Guests can view the Pacific ocean and watch for whales from the observation deck of the reconstructed water tower, which is the highest building in Fort Bragg. The 900 square foot ballroom is beautifully paneled in virgin California redwood, and is available for dance and music workshops and retreats. It provides the perfect space for Argentine tango dances and classes. Weekly beginners’ classes and practices are held every Wednesday evening year-round, and nearly every month there is a tango intensive with visiting instructors. For the aficionado, the Dancing Fools Tango Festival is held in the first week of April; check the WHI Tango website (WHI-Tango.com) for a schedule of upcoming events. The Weller House Inn is an ideal setting for weddings, receptions, family reunions, club gatherings, yoga retreats, dances and other group events. Make it your personal, restful get-away or have an active holiday exploring attractions on the Mendocino Coast. WHERE: 524 Stewart St., Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964-4415, WellerHouse.com

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Historic Skunk Train, Fort Bragg Depot

The Skunk Train will take you back in time as you are whisked away on a fantastic journey. This is a historically accurate train line running from Fort Bragg to Willits that showcases the phenomenal beauty of the area. Everyone will enjoy winding through the countryside over bridges and trestles and through tunnels. Breathtaking views of 1,000-year old redwoods and crisp clean mountain air are just a few of the wonderful reasons to take a ride on the Skunk Train. The experienced and knowledgeable conductor will offer fun facts as you make the trip to the halfway point, Northspur, a great spot for lunch and a chance to stretch your legs. The train offers closed cars with seating, as well as open, stand-only cars that optimize the scenic views. If the natural beauty isn’t enough, the Skunk Train also provides the famous “train-singer” to entertain you. Kids and adults of all ages will be entranced from the moment the conductor yells “All aboard!” blows the whistle and bellows the horn, till the time they step off the train in Fort Bragg. WHERE: Skunk Train Fort Bragg Depot, foot of Laurel S., Fort Bragg, 866-457-5865 MORE INFO: (866) 457-5865, SkunkTrain.com

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World Famous Triangle Tattoo & Museum

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Fort Bragg’s Family-Friendly City Parks

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While wandering around the sleepy North Coast town of Fort Bragg, consider a permanent souvenir from the stellar artists at Triangle Tattoo & Museum on Main St., where the big red heart TATTOO sign hangs over the sidewalk. Climb up the bright red stairway where you will feel enveloped by the spirit, history and excitement of Tattoo. They were founded in 1986 and are celebrating their 26th year of tattooing in Fort Bragg. It is one of only a few museums in the world dedicated to exhibition of Tattoo History. This unique collection is fittingly housed in one of the town’s original Victorian storefronts. You’ll see striking, vintage exhibits of tattoo artifacts, flash (designs), tattoo tools and photographs. There is written history about many cultures including the Maori, Japanese, Native American, South Seas, European and American tattoos. There are exhibits of: Patriotic Tattoos; In Honor of TriangleTattoo.com Tattooed People in the Circus Sideshow; Prison Tattoos; even Tattoos Without Consent. Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla are world famous tattoo artists and historians who are quoted in the New York Times, magazines and books. They are featured on the Discovery Channel’s documentary Tattoo, Beauty, Art and Pain and have been tattoo consultants for major television. The Museum is free to the public and open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Children are welcome. This is the place to meander and view — from floor to ceiling, filled room to room — for anyone curious about the art and history of tattooing. Be Art with a Pulse! WHERE: 356 B N. Main St., Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964 8814, TriangleTattoo.com

Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park is located at the east end of Laurel St., southeast of Fort Bragg Middle School. This 7-acre park offers shady walking trails and a close-up experience with nature. Friends of Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park is a group of volunteers dedicated to restoring habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities and improving public access to the park. The group has scheduled workdays, where volunteers gather at the park to chip in and make improvements or restore the park to its natural state. Harold O. Bainbridge Park is located on Laurel St., between N. Harrison and N. Whipple Sts., across from the Fort Bragg Library. This city park is designed for the whole family to enjoy. The park also offers tennis courts, a basketball court, and open space to play or spread a blanket and enjoy an afternoon picnic. Wiggly Giggly Playground is located within the Harold O. Bainbridge Park. This fenced-in play area is playground central for kids. It offers swingsets, slides and equipment of all shapes and sizes to climb, hide, run and hang from. The playground has park benches and picnic tables for the parents to relax while the kids are working off some energy. MORE INFO: City.FortBragg.com/main/ Wiggly Giggly Playground, City%20Parks.html photo by Gregg Gardiner

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Gloriana Musical Theater

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For 37 years, Gloriana Musical Theatre has entertained Mendocino County audiences with blockbuster Broadway musicals, musicals for young performers, and special productions including their rousing Rock ‘n Roll Reviews. Audiences were amazed by the vocal and acting ability of the Gloriana Young Performer’s 2012 spring production of “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.” Throughout the year, the company offers workshops to improve technical and acting skills and provides an annual scholarship for students furthering their education in the performing arts. For three weekends in April 2013, Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Young Performers brought Dr. Seuss’s magical characters to life in “Seussical, Jr.” Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie and Jojo — the little boy with the big imagination — are just a few of Dr. Seuss’s unforgettable characters. They took us on a journey to the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the invisible world of the Whos. Call or go to their website for more information on tickets and upcoming shows. WHERE: Office: 707-964-7469, 324 N. Franklin St., Fort Bragg MORE INFO: Gloriana.org Gloriana Musical Theatre Young Performer’s production of Seussical, Jr. –photo by Denice Breaux

The C.V. Starr Community Center is located in the heart of Fort Bragg on a 4 acre campus that hosts an off-leash dog park, 10,000 square foot skate park, sun deck, BBQ and picnic area, two petanque courts, and a 43,000 square foot aquatics and fitness facility. Inside the facility they have a full waterpark style pool complete with a 146 foot water slide, zero depth entry warm water leisure pool, lazy river, eight lane lap pool and a 1 meter diving board. In addition to the pools there are two group exercise studios, a wellness center with a full range of weight and cardio equipment, and multipurpose rooms for meetings and enrichment classes. Visit their website for information on hours, fees and class schedules. WHERE: 300 S. Lincoln Street, Fort Bragg MORE INFO: 707-964-9446, StarrCenter.net

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Glass Beach Treasures

At first glance you may think this beach is covered with glass that has gathered there for eons. Not true. Beginning in 1949, what is now known as Glass Beach in Fort Bragg was a public dump, where for years, people would bring their household trash and even old cars. Finally in 1967 the beach was cleaned up. However, not all of it could be cleared away and the beautiful multicolored pieces of glass keep washing up. Today you will find a beach of polished glass that is very safe to walk on. All along the shore there are different shapes, sizes and colors of glass glistening on the sand, hence the name Glass Beach. This is a fantastic place to bring the family to wander. There are also plenty of tide pools to wade through and see crabs, mollusks and aquatic plants. However, collecting glass on the beach is prohibited since California 101 Things To Do photo State Parks took possession several years ago, so please leave these treasures for the next visitors. You can find the beach at the end of Elm St.; signs on Main St. point the way to a parking area and paths leading to the beach. MORE INFO: FortBragg.com/explore/glass-beach/

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Surfing the Mendocino Coast

Whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner, you will find waves to suit you on the Mendocino coast. Many of the more experienced surfers will be found at Point Arena Pier (35 miles south of Mendocino Village) and Virgin Beach, which is just north of Ft. Bragg. Look for “overhead” and “double overhead” waves at these locations. Places to surf for the intermediate level include Blues Beach (south of Westport); Pudding Creek (two blocks north of Elm St. in Ft. Bragg) and Wages Beach (north of Westport). In the Mendocino Township, try the intermediate level Smuggler’s Cove (south of Big River Bridge) and beginner level Caspar State Beach (on Point Cabrillo Drive off Hwy 1). Regardless of where you go, you’ll need a wetsuit. The water is in the low 50s yearround, so you may also want a hood and booties. If you’re a beginner, learn surf etiquette by talking with local surfers. They are a pretty friendly bunch. Surfboards, wetsuits and equipment are available to rent or buy at local surf shops. They can give you all the equipment and information you need, along with lessons, demos, trips and tours. More Info: Sub-Surface Progression, Fort Bragg, 707-964-3793, AbDive.com 36 Mendocino County • 101Things.com

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Bird Watching with the Audubon Society

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Mendocino Coast Audubon Society invites you to participate with them in several bird watching opportunities. There are 276 species of coastal Mendocino birds and this is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about them. From beginning birdwatchers to pros, all are welcome for an endlessly fascinating journey into the world of our feathered friends. Field Trips are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month. Local birding hot spots are visited to take advantage of seasonal birding opportunities. Monthly Bird Walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, led by an MCAS member, are scheduled year round on the first Saturday and the third Wednesday of the month. The first Saturday walk is designed for beginning birders, but locals and visitors with all levels of experience are invited. The third Wednesday walk is an intermediate-level bird walk that normally takes around three hours. Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience. Binoculars will be available for those who need them. Call or go to the Audubon’s website for times and information. Admission is free for Botanical Garden members. A checklist containing the 276 species Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, of Coastal Mendocino County birds facebook.com/SaveOurShorebirds is available for $1 at MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center, Van Damm State Park Visitor Center the Ford House in Mendocino Village and the Ford House in Mendocino Village. MORE INFO: MendocinoCoastAudubon.org, GardenByTheSea.org

Sitting in the spray of the magnificent waterfall on Chamberlain Creek Trail, or staring out at the uninterrupted view from the top of Riley Ridge after a long hike through old redwood forests on the remote Volcano Point Trail, it’s easy to forget the bustling history of the land in Jackson State Forest. A booming industrial logging center from 1862 until 1947, the land now serves as a peaceful respite for eaJackson State Forest ger visitors that come to see the forests. Three trails have knowledgeable guides to teach you about the ecology, history and management of the forest. A range of longer trails are available for mushroom hunting, hiking, biking and horseback riding. With your own bottled water and appropriate permits, overnight camping is available in rustic and equestrian campsites for a small fee. Leashed pets are welcome, and swimming is allowed in the rivers, although fishing is not, per the Department of Fish and Game regulations. The forest can be found on Hwy 20 between Fort Bragg and Willits. MORE INFO: MendoWalks.org/JSDF/JSDF.php Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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f you like wine, you’re in for a treat when traveling though Mendocino County. With ten separate wine regions and a huge selection of varietals this area has a lot to offer any wine aficianado. Though small, Mendocino County is known for producing world-class wines, a tradition that started more than 125 years ago. European settlers began planting vines on hills and in valleys that were reminiscent of their homelands. Many settlers were attracted to California by the promise of Gold Rush riches. When such promises proved exaggerated, some turned to winemaking. Mendocino County’s first winery was established in 1879 by Louis Finne, near where Hopland is today. Since the fruit did not usually survive transport before the railroad’s arrival in the county, many grape growers built their own wineries and produced “jug” or bulk wines. County records show that winemaking was well established by 1900. The big wine boom explosion happened in the 1960s. Today, more than 60 wineries are found in the area. The region produces an abundance of award-winning vintages, and the business is the largest non-manufacturing industry in the county.

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Vintage Vinetour, Anderson Valley

Visit one of California’s premier wine regions, see the golden hills, and enjoy the many boutique wineries without having to think about driving. With Vintage Vinetour, a driver will pick you up in a VIP private van or luxury vehicle and take you on a guided tour of the Anderson Valley award winning wine region. Sip sparkling wines and experience the local eateries. Vintage Vinetour provides a delightful experience with excellent customer service. As part of the package, the manager will book all of the wineries for you and discuss tasting fees charged by each winery. They will recommend wineries or follow your preferred ones. If you see something you like on your tour...stop the van! Their tour guides and drivers will change course on your command. Enjoy a relaxing, yet fun-filled tour of the valley, providing education and safe escort to the many fine wineries. Vintage Vinetour also provides charter van service for airport transfer, weddings, parties and special events. Tours depart daily at 11:00 a.m., Thursday through Sunday from the Boonville fairgrounds. Call 24 hours in advance, and discuss transport needs. WHERE: 14361 Hwy 128, Boonville • MORE INFO: 707-895-2641, VintageVinetour.com

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If beer is your thing, you’ll want to take time to visit a Mendocino County brewery and sample their great tasting beer. These breweries offer tours of their facilities as well as beer tastings. Anderson Valley Brewing Company offers a variety of beers, (many of which are award winning) at their tap room in Boonville. The tap room has beers you won’t find outside of the brewery and, if you listen closely, you just might hear some locals harpin’ Boontling. Tours of the brewery are offered daily, call for schedule. WHERE: 17700 Hwy 253, Boonville • MORE INFO: 707-895-BEER, AVBC.com Mendocino Brewing Company was the first brewpub in California, and the second in the United States. Internationally renowned as a brewer of full-flavored, traditional ales and best known for their flagship Red Tail Lager, the MBC has a wide variety of beers to offer. Visit their newly relocated Ale House in Ukiah and you can savor their excellent array of ales fresh from the brewery. WHERE: 1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah • MORE INFO: 707-467-2337, MendoBrew.com Ukiah Brewing Company & Restaurant was the first Brewpub in the United States to be certified organic. With the entire facility certified organic, all of the ingredients used in the restaurant and brewery are grown and produced on certified organic farms without the use of artificial or toxic chemicals. The restaurant menu is designed to complement their delicious ales and lagers. WHERE: 102 S State Street, Ukiah • MORE INFO: 707-468-5898, UkiahBrewingCo.com 40 Mendocino County • 101Things.com

We’re proud to be able to offer our readers the most accurate and up-to-date wine map in the region on the following pages. Additionally, we have checked with every winemaker and updated not only their contact information but their varietals. So if you’re interested in a particular varietal, you’ll be able to tell which winemaker makes the wine you desire most. Our wine section also showcases our winery advertisers from throughout the 101 Things To Do magazine. Take the time to support them while you visit this extraordinary wine region. Enjoy a “taste” of Mendocino. MORE INFO: Mendocino Winegrape & Wine Commission, 707-468-9886, MendoWine.com

Wine Listing Varietal Key � CO ........ Certified Organic BD ........ Bio-Dynamic ____________________ Ba ......... Barbera C ........... Chardonnay Ca ......... Carignane CBSB ... California Bordeaux Style Blend CF ........ Cabernet Franc Cha ....... Champagne ChB ...... Chenin Blanc Ci .......... Cinsault CRSB ... California Rhone Style Blend CS ........ Cabernet Sauvignon Do......... Dolcetto G........... Gewurztraminer Gr ......... Grenache M .......... Merlot Mal ....... Malbec Mar ....... Marsanne

Mu ....... Muscat N........... Nebbiolo P ........... Port PB......... Pinot Blanc PG ........ Pinot Gris-Grigio PN ....... Pinot Noir PS ......... Petite Sirah PV ........ Petite Verdot RD ........ Red Dessert Wine Ri .......... Riesling R ........... Rose RB ........ Rhone Blend S ........... Semillon Sa.......... Sangiovese SB......... Sauvignon-Fume Blanc SpW...... Sparkling Wine Sy ......... Syrah-Shiraz Vi .......... Viognier WD ....... White Dessert Wine WZ ....... White Zinfandel Z ........... Zinfandel

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Mendocino County Wineries & Breweries Listing of Tasting Rooms including Varietals Available Recommended Wineries are Listed in Bold Print

Winery 6D: Albertina Wine Cellars PO Box 601, Hopland 707-744-1475 • AlbertinaWineCellars.com 8B: Annapolis Winery 26055 Soda Springs Rd, Annapolis 707-886-5460 • AnnapolisWinery.com 6C: Balo Vineyards 9001 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3655 • KillerPinot.com 5D: Barra of Mendocino, CO 7051 N. State St., Redwood Valley 707-485-0322 • BarraOfMendocino.com 6C: Baxter Winery 8660 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3173 • BaxterWinery.com 6C: Berridge Wine Company Tasting Room, 9000 Hwy 128, Philo 888-270-8306 • BerridgeWines.com 6C: bink Wines The Madrones, 9000 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-2940 • binkWines.com 6C: Breggo Cellars 11001 Hwy 128, Boonville 707-895-9589 • Breggo.com 5D: Brown Family Wines 1106 Bel Arbres Dr, Redwood Valley 707-234-4236 • BrownFamilyWines.com 6C: Brutocao Cellars ~Anderson Valley Tasting Room 7000 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-2152 • BrutocaoCellars.com 6D: Brutocao Cellars ~Hopland Tasting Room 13500 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707-744-1664 • BrutocaoCellars.com 6D: Campovida, CO, BD 13601 Old River Rd., Hopland 707-744-8797 • Campovida.com 6D: Cesar Toxqui Cellars Tasting Room, 13440 So. Hwy 101 Hopland 707-744-1071 • Toxqui.com 6B: Champ de Rêves 5500 Hwy 128, Philo • 707-895-2594 ChampdeRevesVineyards.com 5D: Chiarito Vineyard 2651 Mill Creek Road, Ukiah 707-462-7146 • ChiaritoVineyard.com 5B: Claudia Springs Winery 1810 Highway 128, Philo at Floodgate, Highway Marker 16 707-895-3993 • ClaudiaSprings.com 6C: Drew Family Cellars The Madrones, 9000 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-9599 • DrewWines.com 6D: Duncan Peak Vineyards 14500 Mountain House Road, Hopland 925-283-3632 • DuncanPeak.com 6B: Edmeades 5500 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3232 • Edmeades.com 6C: Elke Vineyards 12351 Hwy 128, Boonville 707-246-7045 • ElkeVineyards.com 5D: Enoteca Wine Bar 106 W. Church St., Ukiah 707-972-5541 • Enoteca.me 5B: Esterlina Vineyards 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo 707-895-2920 • EsterlinaVineyards.com 6C: Foursight Wines 14475 Highway 128, Boonville 707-895-2889 • FoursightWines.com 4D: Frey Vineyards, CO, BD 14000 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley 707-485-5177 • FreyWine.com 7D: Frey Tasting Room, CO, BD 13771 S. Hwy 101, Hopland ~at Solar Living Institute 707-744-1026 • FreyWine.com 5D: Girasole Vineyards , CO 7051 N. State St., Redwood Vly (at Barra) 707-485-0322 • GirasoleVineyards.com 4D: Giuseppe-Neese Vineyards 395 School Way, Redwood Valley 707-485-8458

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Winery Tasting Varietals Daily Multiple 4A: Glendeven’s Wine Bar[n] Wineries 8205 No. Hwy 1, Little River 707-937-0083 • Glendeven.com 6C: Goldeneye Winery Daily PN 9200 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3202 • GoldeneyeWinery.com Daily Ba, Ca, ChB, Do, 6D: Graziano Family of Wines Mu, PB, PG, PN, 13251 S. Hwy 101 Suite 3, Hopland PS, R, Sa, SB, SpW, 707-744-8466 Sy, WD, Z GrazianoFamilyOfWines.com 6B: Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Daily CS, M, PN, Ri, SB, 5501 Hwy 128, Philo Sy, Z 707-895-2002 • GreenwoodRidge.com Daily C, G, PG, PN, Ri, 5B: Handley Cellars, CO SB, SpW, Sy, Vi, Z 3151 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3876 • HandleyCellars.com 5B: Harmonique Wines Fri-Mon C, PN 1810 Highway 128, Philo at Floodgate Mile Marker 16 707-895-3993 • HarmoniqueWine.com 6B: Husch Vineyards Daily C, ChB, CS, G, 4400 Hwy 128, Philo Mus, PN, SB, Sy, Z 800-55-HUSCH • HuschVineyards.com 6D: Jaxon Keys Daily Ba, C, Gr, PS, P, 10400 S. Hwy 101, Hopland SB, Sy, Vi 877-462-6666 • JaxonKeys.com 6D: Jeriko Estate, CO, BD Daily C, CS, G, M, PN, Hwy 101, one mile north of Hopland Sa, SB, SpW, Sy 707-744-1140 • JerikoEstate.com 6C: Knez Estate Grown Winery, CO Th-Sun C, PN The Madrones, 9000 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3494 • KnezWinery.com 6B: Lazy Creek Vineyards, opening June 2013 To come G, PN, R 4741 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3623 • LazyCreekVineyards.com 4A: Le Vin: Coastside Gallery, CO By Appt C, CF, CS, M, Sy 45055 Albion St., Mendocino 707-894-2304 • LeVinWinery.com 6C: Londer Vineyards & Winery Weekends C, PN, G 14051 Hwy 128, Booneville 707-895-9001 • LonderVineyards.com 7E: Lone Oak Estate By Appt C, CS, CBSB, M, R 36050 Hwy 128, Cloverdale 707-894-9260 • LoneOakEstateWinery.com Daily G, PN, Z 6C: Lula Cellars 3101 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-3737 • LulaCellars.com 4D: Manoir Girard Cellars By Appt RD, P 1 Old Winery Way, Potter Valley 707-391-9463 • GirardCellars.com Daily C, CS, M, PN, Z 7C: Maple Creek Winery 20799 Hwy 128, Yorkville 707-895-3001 • MapleCreekWine.com 7B: Mariah Vineyards By Appt Sy, Z 33525 Mountain View Rd (mile marker 9.25) 707-882-2243 • MariahVineyards.com 4D: Masut ´ Winery By Appt PN 301 Reeves Canyon Rd., Redwood Valley 707-485-5466 • Mas´ut.com 6D: McFadden Farm & Vineyard, CO Daily C, G, PG, PN, Ri, 13275 S. Hwy 101, Suite 5, Hopland SB, SpW, Z 707-744-8463 • McFaddenVineyard.com Daily C, CS, M, P, PN, 6D: McNab Ridge Winery PS, R, RD, SB, Z 13450 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707-744-1986 • McNabRidge.com 7C: Meyer Family Cellars Daily C, CS, P, PS, R, Sy 19750 Hwy 128, Yorkville 707-895-2341 • MeyerFamilyCellars.com Daily C, Ca, CBSB, CS, 7D: Milano Family Winery M, Mal, P, PS, PV, 14594 S. Hwy 101, Hopland RD, Sa, WD, Z 707-744-1396 • MilanoWinery.com 6D: Naughty Boy Vineyards, CO Daily C, PN, R, Do 13275 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707-743-2868 • NaughtyBoyVineyards.com 6B: Navarro Vineyards Daily C, CS, G, Mu, PG, 5601 Hwy 128, Philo PN, PS, R, SB, Sy, 800-537-WINE • NavarroWine.com WD, Z 6D: Nelson Family Vineyards Daily C, CS, Mu, PG, PN, 550 Nelson Ranch Road, Ukiah R, Ri, Vi, Z 707-462-3755 • NelsonFamilyVineyards.com 4D: Oster Wine Cellars, CO By Appt CS 13501 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley 707-485-5257 • OsterWine.com

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This chart is color coded to match the appellation color codes on our map. Match the color to the map and you will find who you’re looking for. Winery Tasting Varietals Daily Unusual and 2A: Pacific Star Winery Rare Wines 33000 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg 707-964-1155 • PacificStarWinery.com Daily Unusual and 3A: Pacific Star Tasting Room Rare Wines 401 Main St., Fort Bragg, in Depot Bldg. 707-962-WINE • PacificStarWinery.com Daily C, CS, M, Mu, P, 5D: Parducci Wine Cellars PG, PN, PS, SB, 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah WZ, Z 888-362-9463 • Parducci.com 5D: Paul Dolan Vineyard, CO, BD Daily C, CS, PN, SB, in Parducci Wine Cellars SpW, Z 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah 888-362-9463 • PaulDolanWine.com 6C: Phillips Hill Estates Daily C, G, PN 5101 Hwy 128, Philo - opening June 2013 707-895-2209 • PhillipsHillEstates.com Fri-Mon C, G, PG, PN, RB, 5C: Philo Ridge Vineyards Sy, Vi, Z Tasting Room: 14125 Hwy 128, Booneville 707-895-3036 • PhiloRidge.com 6D: Rack & Riddle Mon-Fr Cha, SpW 14100 Mountain House Rd, Hopland 707-744-8100 • RackAndRiddle.com Tu-Sun C, CBSB, CF, Sa, Vi 6D: RIVINO Winery 4101 Cox-Schrader Rd., Ukiah 707-293-4262 • Rivino.com Daily C, PN, SpW 6B: Roederer Estate 4501 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-2288 • RoedererEstate.net 5D: Saracina Daily C, Mal, PN, PS, R, 11684 South Hwy 101, Hopland RB, SB, Sy, Z 707-744-1671 • Saracina.com Daily C, PN, SpW, Sy 6B: Scharffenberger Cellars 8501 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-2957 ScharffenbergerCellars.com 4D: Silversmith Vineyards Weekends CS, PS, Z 8121 Vineyard Oaks, Redwood Valley 707-485-1196 • SilversmithVineyards.com 5D: Simaine Cellars Daily Ca, M, Sa, SB, 3001 S. State St., Ste 42, Ukiah Sy, Z 707-462-6300 • Simaine.com Daily Multiple 6D: SIP! Mendocino Wine Bar Wineries 13420 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707-744-8375 • SipMendocino.com Weekends C, Cha, CS, M, PV, 6D: Terra Savia, CO SpW 14200 Mountain House Rd, Hopland 707-744-1114 • TerraSavia.com Daily G, Mu, PG, PN, 6B: Toulouse Vineyards & Winery R, Ri 8001 Hwy 128, Philo 707-895-2828 • ToulouseVineyards.com 2C: Vin de Tevis By Appt Ca, CF, CS, M, Z 51161 Covelo Road, Dos Rios 707-983-8433 • VindeTevis.com 6D: Whaler Vineyards Daily CS, Sy, Z in Sip! Mendocino Wine Bar 13420 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707-462-6355 7D: Yorkville Cellars Daily CBSB 25701 Hwy 128, Yorkville 707-894-9177 • Yorkville-Cellars.com Daily BA, C, Ca, CBSB, 6C: Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery CS, CRSB, M, Mal, 14077 Hwy 128, Boonville Mu, PN, PS, R, Ri, 707-895-9462 • ZinaWinery.com SB, Z

Breweries & Taprooms 6C: Anderson Valley Brewing 17700 Hwy. 253, Boonville 707-895-2337 (BEER) • AVBC.com 5D: Mendocino Brewing Ale House 1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah 707-467-2337 • MendoBrew.com 3A: North Coast Brewing Co. Brewpub: 455 North Main St., Fort Bragg 707-964-2739 • NorthCoastBrewing.com 7A: Pier Chowder House & Taproom 790 Port Rd, Point Arena 707-882-3400 • ThePierChowderHouse.com 5D: Ukiah Brewing Co & Restaurant 102 S. State St., Ukiah 707-468-5898 • UkiahBrewingCo.com

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Plan ahead. Many wineries have limited hours. Appointments to taste and tour wineries are very easy to setup and in many cases can be quite impromptu, so don’t hesitate to call ahead even if it’s last minute. Ask questions. Wine tasting is an opportunity not only to educate your palate, but also to learn more about the winemaking process. Designate a driver. For a carefree day of tasting, this is the best way to go. Available local tour services are fun and especially affordable. It is illegal for a tasting room to serve wine to anyone who appears intoxicated, even if they have a designated driver — so taste responsibly. Feel free to use the dump buckets set out on the tasting bar for excess wine. Limit yourself to no more than four wine tastes per winery. Ask before you picnic at a winery, and never bring other alcoholic beverages to drink at a winery. Children are welcome during non-event weekends, but please keep an eye on them. Most wineries operate heavy equipment and therefore it is not safe for unsupervised children. Remember, no one under the age of 21 may sample wine — not even your children. Always taste from whites to reds. If you’ve already entered the red list and want to try a particular white again, try another day. If you’re on the cusp of whether or not to buy it, take your best guess or come back for another try later. Try vertical/horizontal tasting. Vertical tasting involves sampling the same wine from different years. Horizontal tasting involves sampling the same vintage year and wine from different wineries. Step away from the wine. If you’re in a winery that’s very busy at the tasting bar, back away from the bar after receiving a tasting. Don’t wear perfume, cologne, or lotions. The aromas of the wine mingle with strong scented cosmetics, which alter perception in taste, and can ruin the experience for others. Follow the winery’s advice on tasting order. Winemakers’ styles differ, so trust the order provided by each winery’s experts. Acidity: Since acid is present in all grapes, it’s also present in all wines. It is extremely important in determining structure, shape and lifespan, and it helps preserve wine for longer aging. Good acid levels can make a wine crisp and refreshing, supporting the aftertaste.

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Appellation: In the United States, appellation is a grape-growing area defined strictly by a geographic area. If a wine label cites an appellation, 75% of the grapes must be grown in that appellation. (For a more detailed explanation of Appellation, see Things to Know 57, 58 & 59. 15. Aroma: Refers to fragrances in the wine that are characteristic of the grapes. For instance, Chardonnay might be described as citrusy. Its aromas of lemon, lime or grapefruit come from the grapes; they are not added. Also see Bouquet or Nose. 16. Balance: An integration of the major components of wine (fruit, acidity, tannins, alcohol, oak) so none outweighs the other. A balanced wine fills the mouth with flavors. 17. Barrel Fermented: Wine that is fermented in 55-gallon oak barrels contributing to an increased complexity and flavor. The interaction with wood adds suggestions of spice and vanilla to wines. 18. Body: The feeling of a wine’s weight in the mouth, such as full-bodied, medium-bodied or light-bodied. 19. Bouquet: The fragrances in the wine that are introduced by the wine-making process, including the smell of the oak (vanilla) or the yeast in the wine. 20. Chewy: Describes full-bodied, sometimes tannic wines — rich enough to chew on. 21. Complexity: The interplay of a wines many characteristics. A wine can be at once rich and deep, yet balanced and showing finesse. 22. Corked: The term corked refers to wine that smells moldy and disagreeable as a result of a bad cork likely tainted with bacteria called TCA (trichloroanisole). 23. Dry: A wine with little or no perceptible sweetness. 24. Earthy: Wine, such as Pinot Noir, that has the smell or slight taste of fresh dirt. Enology: The science of winemaking, also spelled oenology. Estate Bottled: Indicates the winery owns or controls the grapes that produced the wine in the bottle. Fermentation: The process by which yeast converts sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, turning grape juice into wine. Field Blend: A common practice among the early grape growers in Mendocino County, where complementary grape varieties were interplanted in a vineyard. The grapes are harvested and fermented together, creating a field-blend wine. Finish: The taste that remains in the mouth after the wine is swallowed. A long, lingering finish is considered desirable. Fortified: The addition of brandy or spirits to wine to increase alcohol content. Grassy: An aroma or taste of grass or newly-mowed hay — usually associated with Sauvignon Blanc. Lees: Sediment and yeast found in a barrel or tank during and after fermentation. More winemakers are using the old technique of aging wine on the lees to increase complexities in aromas and flavors. Legs: The drops of wine that slide down the sides of the glass when it is swirled, indicating the alcohol content in the wine. Length: The amount of time a wine’s taste and aroma are evident after swallowing. Made and Bottled By: The legal phrase used if a winery crushed, fermented and bottled at the same location at least 10% of the wine in the bottle. Nose: Refers to how the wine smells, similar to aroma and bouquet — as in, “This wine has a great nose.” Oaky: Describes the aroma or taste character of a wine that has interacted with the oak of a wood barrel. Oxidized: A loss of freshness from exposure to air. If a wine has been open for several days, it will become oxidized. Produced and Bottled By: A legal phrase that indicates the winery crushed, fermented and bottled a minimum of 75% of the wine in the bottle. Racking: The traditional practice of moving wine from one container to another. Essentially it is decanting on a grand scale by moving wine from barrel to barrel to rid the wine of sediment.

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maining in a wine. Dessert wines have a high level of residual sugar, while dry table wines have little to no residual sugar. Split: The term used for a six-ounce bottle of wine. Sulfites: A natural by-product of fermentation. Sulfites (in small quantities) may be added to wine to guard against spoilage. Sur Lie: A term used for wines aged on the lees. Also see Lees (#32). Table Wine: The legal term for wine that is less than 14% alcohol. Any wine over 14% alcohol must state the alcohol content on the front label and may not use the term “table wine” on the label. Tannin: Chemicals found in the skins of many fruits, including grapes, which impart astringency. Tannin naturally preserves wine from oxidation and is a primary component in determining the wine’s structure and aging potential. Tartrates: Natural, purely harmless crystals from the tartaric acids present in wines that often form in used casks, in wine sediment and on used corks. Although they look like cut glass, they are completely safe, and are a positive indication to experienced tasters that a wine has not been overly processed. Unfiltered: Some winemakers do not filter their wine because they believe filtering strips aromas and flavors from the wine. However, these wines can be clarified using a fining process. Unfined: Wine that was not treated with any fining process; however, it can be clarified using filtering. Some winemakers believe fining wine strips essential aromas and flavors from the wine. Varietal: Term used to describe a wine produced from a particular type (variety) of grape. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and hundreds of others are examples of varietal wines. Varietal Character: The aromas and flavors typical for a particular grape variety. Variety: Term used to describe a type of grape. A wine made from a particular grape variety (e.g., Zinfandel) is referred to as a varietal. Vintage: The year the grapes were grown and harvested. Viticulture: The science of grape growing. When including the production of wine, the proper term is viniculture. Wine Thief: A glass or plastic tube used to get a sample of wine from a barrel or other container. Yeast: Important microorganisms that cause fermentation by converting sugar to alcohol. Appellation is a term used to define different grape growing regions. If “California” is on a wine label, the wine is made from grapes grown anywhere in California. If “Mendocino

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Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on our new patio while taking in the serene views of the Valley! A complete tasting of our wines includes Magnum size – there is a difference! If you’d like to order a picnic for your visit, call the Tasting Room 48 hours in advance at 707-895-2288 ext. 22.

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County” is on the label, then at least 75% of the grapes were grown in Mendocino County. Within the Mendocino County appellation there are several sub-appellations, including the Anderson Valley, Redwood Valley and Mendocino Ridge. Many appellation boundaries are easy to understand. In the case of California or Mendocino County, legal boundaries or borders are used. When it comes to sub-appellations other factors are considered. Sub-appellation boundaries are defined by similar climatic conditions, soil types and weather patterns, or what the French call “terroir.” Variations in terroir contribute to different flavors in the same grape variety grown in different regions. Alicante Bouschet: A cross between Petit Bouschet and Grenache, Alicante Bouschet’s red flesh and dark skin produce a wine with deep, intense color. Barbera: Known for its rich color, low tannins and high acid, this Italian grape came to California in the 1880s and today is part of the “Cal-Italia” varietal trend produced by several Mendocino County wineries. Cabernet Franc: Wine produced from this grape can have the intensity of flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon without the overpowering tannins, allowing it to be enjoyed without waiting years for the tannins to soften. Cabernet Sauvignon: Described as the “King of Red Wines,” this small grape produces some of the most magnificent and sought after wines in the world. Through DNA testing Cabernet Sauvignon was found to be a cross between Cabernet Franc (red grape) and Sauvignon Blanc (white grape). Carignane (Carignan): Grown by early California wine pioneers Carignane produces a fruitdriven, easy-to-drink wine that is used as a blending wine, as well as a single varietal wine. Champagne: Term for sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Charbono: Thought to be a relative of Barbera or Dolcetto, or both varieties, that dates back to the 1880s in California. It is popular within the current “Cal-Italia” movement in the wine industry. Chardonnay: The Queen to Cabernet Sauvignon’s King, this white grape variety produces the famous Champagne, Chablis, White Burgundy and Maconnais wines from France, and is the most popular white wine in the world. As a varietal wine, Chardonnay can range from rich, oaky and buttery to fresh, crisp and fruity. Chenin Blanc: Once a popular wine ranging in style from dry to semi-dry to sweet, Chenin Blanc primarily is used for blending. The fruity, well-balanced wine is more challenging to find as a single varietal, but for white wine lovers, it can be worth the hunt. Cinsaut (Cinsault): A Rhône varietal used to blend grapes or to produce an aromatic rosé, Cinsaut produces a soft, light-bodied red wine with perfume aromas and fruit forward flavors. Dolcetto: From the Piedmont region of Italy, Dolcetto is produced in two distinctly different styles: a soft, slightly sweet aperitif-styled wine or a robust, hearty rich wine. A classic Dolcetto exhibits flavors of citrus peel, almonds, blueberries and even licorice. French Colombard: Also known as Colombard, this white grape variety once was the second most planted grape in California. Today it rarely is found as a varietal wine, but with its fruitforward flavors, it is used as a blending grape. Fumé Blanc: A fanciful name for Sauvignon Blanc. Gewürztraminer: Originally from the Alsace region of France, Gewürztraminer quietly gained fans for its strong floral aromas and classic lychee-nut and spicy flavors. This versatile, fruity white wine can be made semi-dry to bone dry as a late harvest dessert wine. Grenache: In France’s Rhône region, Grenache is used in the classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In California it is often used in delicious Rhône varietal blends or in Rosé. Malbec: nd as a single varietal wine. Marsanne: A white grape originating in the Rhône region of France. It frequently is blended with other Rhône varietals. Meritage™: A trademark name developed by the Meritage Association to identify blends made from specific Bordeaux varietals. Association wineries’ Bordeaux must be produced from a blend of two or more of the following varieties in order to be called a Meritage: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, and Carmenere. No single variety can be more than 90% of the blend. For a white wine Meritage, the wine must have two or more of the following varieties, and no single variety can be more than 90% of the blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Vert. Merlot: A classic Bordeaux grape traditionally used for blending. In the early 1970s Merlot gained popularity with wine drinkers seeking a softer, fruitier red wine. Mourvèdre: Mourvèdre arrived in Northern California in the 1870s from the Mediterranean regions of Spain and France, where it was called Mataro. It often is blended with varietals, such as Grenache, to create a fruity, crisp Rosé.

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civilizations. Muscat varieties include Muscat Blanc, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Hamburg (Black Muscat), Orange Muscat and more. Peloursin: An almost extinct French Rhône region variety that has been identified as having ties to Petite Sirah. Petit Verdot: Used to blend with Cabernet Sauvignon or with other Bordeaux varietals to add color, a spicy quality and additional structure or backbone. This wine is rarely found as a single varietal. Petite Sirah: DNA studies show Petite Sirah is the Rhône grape Durif, a cross between Peloursin and Syrah. Although called ‘petite’ the wine is anything but — it offers robust flavors and plenty of tannins. Pinot Gris: Pinot Grigio is a natural mutation of Pinot Noir that yields a soft, perfumey white wine. Pinot Noir: Grown in the cooler regions of Mendocino County, this fog-loving grape is an essential component in the production of some French Champagnes. Port: This term is used to describe the famous fortified sweet wine made in Portugal. Port-style wines are made in the United States from a variety of grapes. Riesling: Also known as Johannesburg Riesling or White Riesling, this classic German varietal was once produced by many California wineries. Now it is rarely found on a winery’s tasting list. Generally a flowery, fruity dry wine with high acid and low alcohol, it can be also be made in a semi-dry and late harvest style. Rosé: A pink or salmon colored wine produced from red grapes. Because the juice has limited contact with the skins and seeds that give the wine structure and tannin, Rosé is a soft, easyto-drink wine best served chilled. Rousanne: A Rhône variety frequently blended with Marsanne and occasionally Syrah, Rousanne contributes good acidity and aromas of herbal tea and floral notes to the blends. Sangiovese: Brought to Mendocino County by Italian immigrants, Sangiovese is produced as a varietal wine with possibly small amounts of other wines blended in to add a layer of dimension or additional flavor components. Sauvignon Blanc: Also known as Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc is a classic variety that is an alternative to Chardonnay. Its styles can vary from grassy and herbaceous, to citrus qualities of lime and grapefruit, to flint and mineral qualities with gooseberry flavors. Semillon: Traditionally blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce dry table wine or a sweet dessert wine, including the renowned dessert wines from Sauternes, France. As a single varietal, Semillon displays aromas and flavors of figs and honey.

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93. Shiraz: The Australian and South African name for the Syrah grape. See Syrah for additional info.

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wine bubbles when poured into a glass due to carbonation. Harvested early to capture the tangy flavors and high acids, a second fermentation in individual bottles starts with the addition of a small amount of sugar. Carbon dioxide, a natural by-product of fermentation, is trapped in the bottles and creates tiny bubbles when the sparkling wine is uncorked. This method of producing sparkling wine is called methode champenoise. 95. Syrah: Syrah is a warm climate wine with characteristics include white pepper, leather, wild gamey and intense dark berry flavors. 96. Tempranillo: Considered the Cabernet Sauvignon of Spain, Tempranillo has many names including Tinto Fino, Tinta Roriz, Tinta del Pais, Aragonez and Valdepañas. Tempranillo is generally blended with other varietals, similarly to the use of Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux. 97. Valdiguiè: For years it was known as Napa Gamay or Gamay until DNA analysis properly identified this variety as Valdiguiè. This original French variety has all but disappeared as a varietal in France just as it has gained in popularity in California. 98. Viognier: Originally from the Rhône region, Viognier wines have a distinctive fragrance, a combination of floral and fruity aroma and flavors. Sometimes small amounts are blended with Syrah to tame and add elegance to the wine. 99. White Zinfandel (also see Rosé): This soft, easy-to-drink wine is produced in a similar style to a Rosé, White Zinfandel is produced from Zinfandel grapes. As the grapes are crushed, the juice picks up some of the pigmentation from the skins, giving it a rose or pink color. 100. Zinfandel: Although how the first Zinfandel vines arrived in the United States is a mystery, DNA testing linked it to both the Italian variety Primitivo and the Croatian variety Crljenak Kasteljanski. Zinfandel was a standard variety found in field-blend wines produced by the Mendocino County wine pioneers. This robust wine has an enormous following among wine lovers. 101. Late Harvest: A term used to describe wine made from grapes picked after the normal harvest time, generally late fall. Such grapes have a much higher sugar content, or Brix, that can translate to a sweet wine that is high in alcohol, making them a perfect compliment for after dinner.

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In 1997, Brutocao Cellars purchased the old Hopland High School from the Fetzer family and built a 7.5-acre complex dedicated to wine and food. The Schoolhouse Plaza is an unmistakable and historic (circa 1920) landmark as you pass through Hopland on Hwy 101. The complex has a tasting room, gift shop and bocce ball court on its premises. Historical photos on display in the tasting room will help you learn about the local community, agriculture and original inhabitants, the Pomo Indians. Participate in a spirited game of Bocce Ball (Italian lawn bowling), a Brutocao family tradition. Perhaps fortune will smile on you and you will be there during one of their annual tournaments. Hopland Brutocao Cellars tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MORE INFO: 707-744-1664, BrutocaoCellars.com

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Graziano Family of Wines Whether you are discovering us for the first time or are a longtime friend, we invite you to visit our Tasting Room, located right on U.S. 101 in the beautiful village of Hopland in southern Mendocino County.

When you pay a visit to the world-renowned wineries of the Hopland region, located in and around Hopland off Hwy 101, you will be treated to some fantastic wines and delightful scenery. This region embodies everything that is the Mendocino wine experience. The Hopland wineries are famous for their award-winning Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux varietals. Visit some of the most elegant tasting rooms offering a variety of unique wine tasting experiences. You’ll find live music, bocce courts, barrel tasting and organic gardens awaiting you in the distinct Hopland wine region. There are also many different ways to experience the wineries and tasting rooms in Hopland. There is a convenient driving loop that you can enjoy on your own time, and there is also a selection of more deluxe tours, something for every preference and price range. A trip to the Hopland Wine Region will leave you with delightful memories of picturesque hillsides and delicious wines. MORE INFO: Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance, 707-468-9886, MendoWine.com

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FAMILY WINERY Handcrafted Wines Historic Hop Kiln Picnic Area Gift Boutique Open Daily 10-5 Tours by Appt. 14594 S. Hwy. 101 Hopland 707-744-1396 MilanoWinery.com Visit our second tasting room in Cloverdale at 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd ~ 707-894-6166 Live Music Fridays Sept-May and Saturdays Jun-Aug ~ VinodiAmore.com 52 Mendocino County • 101Things.com

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Hikers will enjoy the various hiking trails throughout the park. The Indian Nature Trail is a self-guided trail that passes through the site of what was once a Pomo village. The Dorn Trail allows hikers to witness the natural features of the park. The Kelsey Creek Trail is an accessible trail which highlights the waterfowl that inhabit Kelsey Slough. There are four campgrounds at the park: Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek, Lower Bayview and Upper Bayview. Kelsey Creek campground is open year round. All sites can fit a maximum camper/trailer length of 35 feet. If you do not have a tent or an RV, the park also offers rental cabins. The cabins are located within feet of beautiful Clear Lake. Each cabin has a platform bunk bed (no pad or bedding), wood floors and covered porches. For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to ReserveAmerica.com or call 707-279-8526. Stop by the Visitor Center for information while you are at the park. The Visitor Center at Clear Lake State Park features displays that focus on the area’s natural and cultural history, an aquarium exhibiting some of the lake’s fish species and a gift shop. WHERE: The entrance to the park is 3.5 miles northeast of Kelseyville on Soda Bay Rd. MORE INFO: 707-279-2267, Parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473, ClearLakeStatePark.org

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Lake Mendocino is five miles north of Ukiah, on Hwy 20 east of Hwy 101. Visitors to the lake enjoy wake boarding, water skiing, jet skiing, camping and fishing for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Recreational areas around the area include Low Gap Regional County Park, Mill Creek County Park, Cow Mountain Recreation Area and Montgomery Woods State Reserve. There are city parks within Ukiah with playgrounds, picnic areas and other services. Todd Grove Park, located on Park Blvd., features a public swimming pool, playground and picnic areas amid tall redwoods. For musical enjoyment, Ukiah offers Mendocino Ballet, Ukiah Civic Light Opera, Ukiah Community Concert Association, Ukiah Symphony and the Ukiah Players Theatre. Mendocino College Center Theater also has a 400-seat theater in its state-ofthe-art performing arts facility. Parducci Wine Cellars offers Acoustic Cafe in the summer.

Events & Festivals

• First Friday Art Walk, Downtown Ukiah • Ukiah Farmers Market, Saturdays, MCFarm.org • Downtown Comedy Series, winter months • Cinco De Mayo Festival and Fair • Pastels in the Plaza, May • Parducci Acoustic Café, June - Oct., Parducci.com • A Taste of Downtown Grand Beer and Wine Tasting Festival, June • Sundays in the Park, Todd Grove Park, June - August • Moonlight Movie Madness, June - Sept. • 4th of July Picnic in the Park at Todd Grove Park • Fabulous Flashback Car Show, Sept. • Downtown Halloween, Oct. • PumpkinFest, Downtown Ukiah Fair, October MORE INFO: VisitUkiah.com

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Mendocino County boasts some of the most fantastic natural hot springs in the world. The soothing 90-degree sparkling waters have drawn famous names throughout the decades. Mark Twain, Jack London, Teddy Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant have all enjoyed the relaxing and clarifying properties of Mendocino County’s hot springs. There are a range of ways to experience the magnificent mineral water of the springs, from modest isolated spots to full-fledged resorts where you can indulge in first-class spa treatments and luxurious lodging. Vichy Springs Mineral Hot Springs Resort and Country Inn is a unique 157 year old historic hot springs resort only two hours north of downtown San Francisco with the only naturally warm and carbonated “Vichy” mineral baths in North America. Vichy Hot Springs is the best of two worlds, a county inn and hot springs resort, for overnighters and for those who want to take advantage of the many amenities for just the day. Included with overnight rooms and cottages are breakfast in the morning, full use of the naturally carbonated mineral baths and hot pool at any time, Olympic size pool in season, and 700 acres of hiking trails. Day Use is available everyday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Day use includes the naturally carbonated mineral baths, hot pool, Olympic size swimming pool, and property as if one were staying the night. Massage therapy, facials and hot stone massage are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for overnight and day use guests. WHERE: 2605 Vichy Springs Rd., Ukiah MORE INFO: 707-462-9515, VichySprings.com

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Grace Hudson Museum

The Grace Hudson Museum features the best of the region’s art, history and anthropology. Exhibits in the museum range in subject matter from Native American culture and Northern California coast history to the works of contemporary artists. The primary focus of the museum is the magnificent work of Grace Carpenter Hudson.

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She painted some of the most brilliant portraits and oil paintings of the Pomo Indians that have ever been brushed on canvas. The museum features over 30,000 related objects, including historical photographs and Pomo Indian artifacts. The building sits on a beautiful four-acre park with shaded picnic areas and a basket garden that grows all of the materials that the Pomo Indians used in their basket making. Also located on the grounds is the Sun House, originally designed by Grace Hudson and her husband. The house is still furnished with their unique collection of furnishings and décor. Guided tours of the Sun House are offered and depart from the museum. WHERE: 431 S. Main St., Ukiah MORE INFO: 707-467-2836, GraceHudsonMuseum.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Ukiah Parducci Wine Cellars & Acoustic Café

Visit Parducci Wine Cellars and experience Mendocino County’s oldest winery. Taste the wines that wine critic Dan Berger called “...better than ever, most following the style set down decades ago by John Parducci.” Tours are available on request; lunch and picnic items are served in the tasting room and can be enjoyed on a beautiful patio overlooking the Mayacamas mountain range.

The Schat’s name has been synonymous with delicious baked goods for five generations. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, a mid-day treat, or a cup of Peet’s Coffee or Tea. With three locations in Ukiah to serve you, find out for yourself why Schat’s is Mendocino County’s benchmark for baked goods and delicious treats! 113 W. Perkins St, Mon-Sat, 707-462-1670 1255 A Airport Park Blvd., 7 Days a Week inside Friedman Brothers, 707-468-5850

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During the summer months attend Parducci’s Acoustic Café, a concert series featuring great music, food and wine. Musicians from world famous guitarist Alex de Grassi to the high octane blues of The Ford Blues Band perform on the back patio overlooking Petite Sirah vines. They also have event space available for rent for any special occasion. WHERE: 501 Parducci Rd., Ukiah, just north of Ukiah on the Lake Mendocino Dr. exit from Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 707-463-5357, Parducci.com

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Sundays In The Park Free Concert Series is the largest and most recognized community event in Mendocino County. Since 1991, the series has thrilled the community with exceptional musical performances by artists from diverse genres including blues, classical, country, salsa, soul, rock, swing and more. Each summer, taking center stage in beautiful Todd Grove Park, six free concerts featuring world-renowned artists as well as local talent, entertain more than 20,000 music fans. In addition to great entertainment, the series is a source of great civic pride and is cherished by locals and visitors as a summer tradition. Pack a picnic or indulge in fabulous food prepared by vendors who are onsite with everything from barbeque tri-tip to sushi. Bring a blanket and gather with family, friends and neighbors to enjoy top notch performers while being part of the greater Ukiah community. Pets and smoking are prohibited within the main event area. Bring low-back chairs only, and personal BBQs are only allowed at the picnic table areas. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. WHERE: 600 Live Oak, Ukiah MORE INFO: 707-463-6231, CityofUkiah.com

The Ukiah Valley Conference Center is a great place for planning and hosting an upcoming event. The Center is a state-of-the-art meeting facility, offering a variety of spaces able to accommodate groups as small as five individuals or as large as 600 people. Located in beautiful downtown Ukiah, this modern center has every amenity to make your next social or professional gathering a success. It is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants and specialty shops for dining and shopping needs. There are also several shops located directly on the premises, including a specialty marketplace for local foods, gifts baskets, unique gifts, garden accessories and a coffee bar. Adjacent to the center is the Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza, great for hosting outdoor ceremonies and special events. The Event Coordinator can arrange planning and set-up for events from small meetings to large banquets. The Conference Center staff is trained to assist event needs from start to finish, at any level. This Conference Center can provide audio visual equipment, pull-down and freestanding projection screens, video and slide projectors, as well as tabletop or freestanding 40-watt amplified podiums. This equipment can be provided free of charge—just notify the Center of your special needs in advance. The Ukiah Visitor Center is also located in the building and features Ukiah and surrounding area information, plus up-to-date event information. WHERE: 200 S. School St., Ukiah MORE INFO: 707 463-6700, CityofUkiah.com

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Ukiah Brewing Company: Great beer, organic food and live music can be enjoyed at the Ukiah Brewing Company, located on the corner of State and Perkins Streets in beautiful downtown Ukiah. The Ukiah Brewing Company became the nation’s first brewpub to be certified organic in 2001. The menu focuses on traditional pub fare and comfort foods with an organic twist. The menu changes seasonally and is based on what local farmers, ranchers and fishermen provide. The brewpub prides itself on using the freshest organic ingredients possible, which in-turn produces the freshest food and best-tasting beer attainable. Over 20 ales and lagers, including Stout, Porter, Pilsner and India Pale Ale, are brewed with organic barley and hops at the brewery. Ukiah Brewing Company is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. with a full wine and liquor bar. Daily specials are offered. WHERE: 102 South State St. Ukiah, CA 95482 MORE INFO:707-468-5898, UkiahBrewing.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Redwood Valley Wineries

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Mendocino County is a wonderful grape-growing and wine-producing area. The county’s winegrowing areas can be divided into three distinct regions, one of which is the Redwood Valley. A Taste of Redwood Valley, every June, brings wine, food, arts and crafts, and fun to the area. The region starts just south of the city of Ukiah and extends north through the Potter Valley. Hwy 101 runs up the middle of this scenic and delightful winegrowing region. Here, many distinctive wines are crafted, from dazzling Chardonnays to deep, rich reds that are full of delicious flavors and aromas. Organic vineyards are maintained throughout the area and produce unique, flavorful wine grapes. Small wineries produce their own specialty wines that you will enjoy sampling and tasting at many different tasting rooms throughout the region. For more information, see our wine section starting on page 43. MORE INFO: Mendocino County Visitors Center, (866) 466-3636, VisitMendocino.com and the event site, ATasteofRedwoodValley.co

Where wine country meets redwood forests, among rolling hills and oak groves, you will find Lake Mendocino. The lake has something for everyone and is a dream come true for hikers, campers, water enthusiasts and nature lovers.

photo by Shannon Riley; VisitUkiah.com

Miles of trails wind through the redwood trees around the lake. Rent a kayak and go paddling on the lake, go swimming, or try your hand at sailing or water-skiing. Fishing is fantastic from the shore or a boat. Striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill and several varieties of catfish provide a challenge for fishermen. This serene and under-used lake is a great place for a weekend getaway. There are over 300 campsites available all around this enormous lake and plenty of places to picnic. WHERE: Two miles northeast of Ukiah off Hwy 101 on Hwy 20 MORE INFO: 707 462-7581

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The Mendocino Brewing Ale House is located in Ukiah, just up the road from their brewery — you can’t get the beer any fresher. Mendocino Brewing Company, established in 1983 as California’s first brewpub since prohibition, takes great pride in being pioneers in the American Craft Brewing Renaissance and even greater pride in their full range of products that beer lovers all over the country have made legendary. High brewing standards and a commitment to quality are the result of MBC’s obsession with giving its consumers outstanding ales. Mendocino Brewing Ale House has up to 17 varieties of beer on tap, including an exclusive rotating Hopland Brewery “Special on Tap.” For your entertainment the Ale House has a pool table, dart board and 2 HDTVs. WHERE: 1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah MORE INFO: 707-467-2337, MendoBrew.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Hunting in Mendocino County

This 80-acre park is situated along Orr Creek, one of the three major streams which run through the city of Ukiah and an important tributary of the Russian River. The access to Orr Creek is one of the principal public benefits of the park. The upper reaches of the park serve as a woodland preserve. There are many nature trails to enjoy and explore the beauty of the area in its natural state. There are tennis courts, playgrounds, a fenced dog park, an archery range, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, a covered picnic area, and an amphitheater for small concerts, plays and other performances. WHERE: in the west hills of Ukiah, just across Low Gap Rd. from Ukiah High School. MORE INFO: www.co.mendocino.ca.us/gs/parks/lowgap.htm

Low Gap Regional Park, photo by Shannon Riley, CityOfUkiah.com

The wildlife in Mendocino County is very diverse, and abundant with fish, turkey, bear, pig and blacktail deer, among other species roaming the area. There is a lot of public land available for hunting and most of it holds trophy class game. There are also opportunities to hunt on private land for a fee. Mendocino offers sportsmen many different choices when it comes to hunting in the area. Find information hunting locally as well as supplies at Pacific Outfitters. Pacific Outfitters has one of the largest selection of hunting rifles and shotguns on the Northcoast and carry all the major brands. They also carry a large selection of camouflage and hunter orange clothing. Don’t forget the footwear. Pacific Outfitters carries light and durable boots, perfect for any outdoor conditions you may encounter. Not only is their selection of guns, camo and outdoor equipment one of the largest in the area, their staff is made up of seasoned hunting veterans who really know the area. Visit them before your start on your hunting adventure. WHERE: Black Butte River in Covelo, Booneville, Jackson State Forest, Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Mendocino National Forest MORE INFO: Pacific Outfitters, 955 No. State St., Ukiah 707-468-6474, PacificOutfitters.com

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Ukiah Municipal Golf Course

The Ukiah Municipal Golf Course provides just what you are looking for to soothe that craving for golf. This quaint public course is very affordable and provides a great golf experience. The short, par-70 course is etched into the hillside and crisscrossed by bubbling creeks, that hopefully will not find your ball. The many trees and undulating greens are also hallmarks of this fine course. The signature hole is the 192yard par three, third hole. This challenging tee shot dares you to hit the green despite the bunkers that provide heavy protection and a gully on the right side of the fairway. You will not be disappointed by booking a tee time at this wonderful golf course. Email or fax with changes WHERE: 599 Park Blvd., Ukiah MORE INFO: 707-467-2832, UkiahGolf.comindicated and we will

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Boonville, Covelo, Laytonville, Leggett, Hopland, Willits, Ukiah All Area Codes are (707) unless otherwise noted

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Al’s Redwood Room, 207 S. Main St., Willits • 459-2444 Anderson Valley Brewpub, 17700 Hwy 253, Boonville • 895-2337 Angelina’s Café at Coyote Valley Casino, 7751 N. State St., Redwood Valley • 485-0700 Applebee’s Bar & Grill, 1201 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah • 462-7010 Bluebird Cafe, 13340 S. Hwy 101, Hopland • 744-1633 Boomer’s Bar & Grill, 45020 N. Hwy 101, Laytonville • 984-6534 Boonville Hotel, 14050 Hwy 128, Boonville • 707-895-2210 Caminiti’s Restaurant & Lounge at Brooktrails Lodge, 24860 Birch St., Willits • 459-6761 Chief’s Smokehouse, 44400 N. Hwy 101, Laytonville • 984-6770 Club Calpella, 6175 N. State St., Calpella • 485-8630 Denny’s, 105 Pomeroy St., Ukiah • 462-2332 Ellie’s Mutt Hut & Cafe, 732 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5376 Fox Den Café at Red Fox Casino, 200 Cahto Dr., Laytonville • 984-6800 Gribaldo’s, 1551 S. Main St., Willits • 459-2256 Henny Penny, 697 S. Orchard St., Ukiah • 468-8323 Jensen’s Restaurant, 1550 Lover’s Ln., Ukiah • 462-0757 Kilkenny Kitchen, 1093 S. Dora St., Ukiah • 462-2814 Mosswood Market, 14111 Hwy 128, Boonville • 895-3635 North Fork Cafe, 76365 Covelo Rd.,Covelo • 983-8014 North State Cafe, 263 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-3726 Patrona, 130 W. Standley St., Ukiah • 462-9181 Redwood Drive-In, 13980 Hwy 128, Boonville • 895-3441 Romi’s Brew & BBQ, 225 E. Perkins St., Ukiah • 468-9222 Rio’s Fish & Chips, 1661 S. Main St. Ste. D, Willits • 459-3105 Sho Ka Wa Casino, 13101 Nokomis Rd., Hopland • 744-1395 The Maple Restaurant, 295 State St., Ukiah • 462-5221 Ukiah Brewing Company, 102 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5898 Ukiah Garden Cafe, 1090 S. State St., Ukiah • 462-1221 Uncorked, 110 W. Standley St., Ukiah • 707-463-1523 Walter Café, Steak & Sushi, 920 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-2080 Wheels Cafe and Pub, 44930 Hwy 101, Laytonville • 984-8811

Al’s Redwood Room, 207 S. Main St., Willits • 459-2444 Anna’s Asian House, 47 E. Mendocino Ave., Willits • 459-6086 China Chef, 255 N. State St., Ukiah • 468-0860 China Diner, 510 E. Perkins St., Ukiah • 462-0611 Himalayan Cafe, 1639 S. State St., Ukiah • 467-9900 Lotus, 403 S. State St., Ukiah • 463-2288 O Haru, 570 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-4762 OCO Time, 111 W. Church St., Ukiah • 462-2422 Peking Tokyo, 372 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-0553 Ruen Tong Thai, 801 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-0238 Walter Cafe Steak & Sushi, 920 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-2080 Yum Yum Tree Restaurant, 379 S Main St., Willits • 459-6688

House of Pizza, 1611 S. Main St., Willits • 459-2017 Marino’s Pizza, 142 Talmage Rd., Ukiah • 468-9386 North Fork Cafe, 76365 Covelo Rd.,Covelo • 983-8014 Old Mission Pizza, 1708 S. Main St., Willits • 459-6811 Pizza To Go, 31 W. Commercial St., Willits • 459-1813 Round Table Pizza, 292 S. State St., Ukiah • 462-8866 Simona’s Italian Restaurant, 131 E. Mill St., Ukiah • 462-2141 Vassar’s Family Pizza, 144 N. Main St., Willits • 459-3690

Sandwiches and More 101 Drive-In, 100 N. Main St., Willits • 459-1010 A Taste of Paradise, 349 S. Main St., Willits • 456-0155 Ardella’s Downtown Diner, 77 S. Main St., Willits • 459-6577 Boont Berry Farm Store, 3981 Hwy 128, Boonville • 895-3576 Brooktrails Golf Shop, 24860 Birch St., Willits • 459-6761 Burger King 1355 S. Main St., Willits • 459-9134 Busters Burgers & Brews, 150 S. Main St., Willits • 459-3233 Coldstone Creamery, 1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah • 463-2101 Country Skillet, 708 S. Main St., Willits • 456-9916 Creekside Café at Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino, 100 Kawi Pl., Willits • 459-7330 Ellie’s Mutt Hut Cafe, 732 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5376 Jack In The Box, 1115 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah • 462-5296 Jack In The Box, 788 S. Main St., Willits • 459-4129 Loose Caboose Cafe, 10 Wood St., Willits • 459-1434 McDonalds, 1310 North State St., Ukiah • 463-8205 McDonalds, 1488 S. Main St., Willits • 459-2120 Navarro General Store, 231 Wendling Ln., Navarro • 895-9445 Peg House, 69501 N. Hwy 101, Leggett • 925-6444 Quizno’s, 113 S. State St., Ukiah • 462-1140 Ray’s Food Place Deli, 1718 S. Main St., Willits • 459-5139 Safeway Deli, 845 S. Main St., Willits • 459-5862 Schat’s Bakery Cafe, 113 W. Perkins St., Ukiah • 462-1670 Schat’s Bakery Cafe, inside Friedman Brothers, Ukiah • 468-5850 Scoops Frozen Yogurt & Deli, 110 N. Main St., Willits • 272-2396 Subway, 1155 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah • 462-6260 Subway, 130 North Orchard Ave., Ukiah • 462-5748 Subway, 1307 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-0227 Subway, 1704 S. Main St., Willits • 456-0668 Taste of Paradise, 349 S. Main St., Willits • 456-0155 Windmills Cafe, 749A S. State St., Ukiah • 462-4667

Mexican Alicia’s Restaurant, 14025 Hwy 128, Boonville • 895-3857 El Azteca, 1631 S. State St., Ukiah • 463-1330 El Mexicano Restaurant, 166 S. Main St., Willits • 459-5702 Fiesta Mexicana, 16580 N. Hwy 101, Willits • 459-4047 Jara’s Mexican Market, 1661 S. Main St. Ste. C, Willits • 459-3900 La Casona Del Cielo, 44901 Hwy 101, Laytonville • 984-8226 Libby’s Restaurant, 8651 Hwy 128, Philo • 895-2646 Mi Pueblito, 1252 Airport Blvd., Ukiah • 462-5102 Super Taco, 1726 S Main St., Willits • 459-1282 Taco Bell, 1201 N. State St., Ukiah • 462-1722 Taco Bell, 1500 S. Main St., Willits • 459-3292 Taco Loco, 2290 N. State St., Ukiah • 463-3735 Taqueria Bravo, 235 S. Main St., Willits • 459-0905

Organic / Natural Ellie’s Mutt Hut & Cafe, 732 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5376 Mariposa Market, 500 S. Main St., Willits • 459-9630 Patrona, 130 W. Standley, Ukiah • 462-9181 Ukiah Brewing Company, 102 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5898

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A Taste of Paradise, 349 S. Main St., Willits • 456-0155 Ardella’s Downtown Diner, 77 S. Main St., Willits • 459-6577 Brewed Awakening, 1437 S. Main St., Willits • 459-7055 Country Skillet, 708 S. Main St., Willits • 456-9916 Ellie’s Mutt Hut Cafe, 732 S. State St., Ukiah • 468-5376 Henny Penny, 697 S. Orchard St., Ukiah • 468-8323 J.D. Redhouse, 212 S. Main St., Willits • 459-1214 Marilyn Jean’s Drive-Thru Coffee, 110 N. Main St., Willits Respectech Internet Café, 245 E. Perkins St., Ukiah • 462-6415 Schat’s Bakery Cafe, 113 W. Perkins St., Ukiah • 462-1670 Schat’s Bakery Cafe, inside Friedman Brothers, Ukiah • 468-5850 Scoops Frozen Yogurt & Deli, 110 N. Main St., Willits • 272-2396 Zaza’s Bakery Bistro & Gallery, 35 W. Commercial St., Willits • 459-2233

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Events & Festivals • Thursday Farmer’s Market at City Park, May to October and at Little lake Grange, Nov. to April MCFarm.org • Willits Community Festival & Bob Hanson Memorial Car Show, May • Hometown Celebration, June • Willits Frontier Days, week-long 4th of July Celebration • Willits Airport Day, August • Roots of Motive Power Festival, September • Christmas Express, December • MORE INFO: Willits.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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The Skunk Train will take you back in time as you are whisked away on a fantastic journey. This is a historically accurate train line running from Fort Bragg to Willits that showcases the phenomenal beauty of the area. Everyone will enjoy winding through the countryside over bridges and trestles and through tunnels. Breathtaking views of 1,000-year old redwoods and crisp clean mountain air are just a few of the wonderful reasons to take a ride on the Skunk Train. The experienced and knowledgeable conductor will offer fun facts as you make the trip to the halfway point, Northspur, a great spot for lunch and a chance to stretch your legs. The train offers closed cars with seating, as well as open, stand-only cars that optimize the scenic views. If the natural beauty isn’t enough, the Skunk Train also provides the famous “train-singer” to entertain you. Kids and adults of all ages will be entranced from the moment the conductor yells “All aboard!” blows the whistle and bellows the horn, till the time they step off the train in Fort Bragg. WHERE: Skunk Train Willits Depot, 299 East Commercial St., Willits MORE INFO: 866-457-5865, SkunkTrain.com

Take a trip back in time at Roots of Motive Power and learn about steam engines and the roots of the logging industry in north western California. California’s history was built on the backs of these rolling marvels, and at Roots of Motive Power the past comes alive with physical history. Standing next to these locomotives is like standing amongst huge, metal, fire-eating and steam-breathing giants.

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Roots is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1982 to preserve and restore steam and diesel powered equipment used in the California north coast logging industry from the 1850s to the present Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to become a member and lend a hand on scheduled workdays, which generally take place the first and third Sundays of each month. The organization also holds classes, such as Steam Engineer and Railroad Safety classes. Whether you would like to join in the action or just want to visit, this is a great way to connect with our collective past. WHERE: 400 East Commercial Street, Willits MORE INFO: RootsofMotivePower.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Willits KOA Camping Resort

At Northern California’s “Gateway to the Redwoods,” your family will discover Willits KOA Camping Resort’s award winning Day Use Facilities. You will also rediscover good, old-fashion family fun while exploring the resort’s always popular Water Spray Park, Radio Control Track, Petting Zoo, Play Tower and much more. For your family reunion, office party, or a birthday bash for someone special, KOA offers a relaxed, country setting and an Old West theme that is sure to make the day memorable. Do you and your kids enjoy swimming, hay rides, horse races, fishing, bocce ball, horseshoes, biking, disc golfing, hiking...? Well, you get the idea. If the wide range of activities is a little overwhelming, KOA’s friendly staff will be happy to plan your party for you; after you select the party of your choice, all you need to do is WillitsKOA.com relax and enjoy yourselves. Surprised by an unexpected rain shower? Not a problem. The resort also offers an arcade, games room, and time to catch your breath after trying to keep up with your kids. KOA is not just for fun in the sun. After a day full of adventure enjoy an evening of karaoke or an outdoor movie, then retire to a spacious RV site, a shaded tent site, or one of the resort’s cozy “Kamping Kabins” for a peaceful night’s rest. Don’t sleep too late though, or you’ll miss the Sunday Pancake Breakfast. Willits KOA Camping Resort was the winner of the 2011 KOA President’s Choice Award, awarded to KOAs that meet exceptional quality standards and are recognized by their guests for outstanding service. The resort is open all year and dogs are welcome. Contact them to make your reservation. WHERE: 1600 Hwy 20, Willits MORE INFO: 800- 562-8542, WillitsKOA.com

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There is nothing quite like the experience of live theatre. Watching actors up close, listening to footsteps move across the stage, feeling the interaction between performers and the audience. With no second takes and very few special effects live theatre performances are always unique. In the Willits area, crowds come from all over Mendocino County and the world beyond to experience live theatre at its two well known establishments. The Willits Community Theatre provides locally-supported, live theater throughout the year. Established in Frankie & Johnny, photo by Ron Greystar 1977, this locally-based production company has created what is now a robust theatrical presence in Mendocino County. WHERE: 37 W. Van Ln, Willits MORE INFO: 707 459-0895, WillitsTheatre.org

All over the world there is a wealth of art being created everyday and the Willits area in Mendocino County is no exception. The Willits Center for the Arts was created to nurture and showcase the art that makes Northern California a creative, cultural epicenter, and features a new show every month. The city first formed a seven member Cultural Arts Commission in 1993. After seven long years of hard work, fundraisers and many volunteer hours, the center was opened in 2000. The goal of the center is to promote the arts, local artists, and to provide low-cost art and art-related services to the entire community. The center holds publicly sponsored and locally-grown art shows throughout the year. The upstairs multipurpose room offers more exhibit space, as well as a venue for music, dance performances, and community events. The Willits Center for the Arts is regularly open Thurs-Fri 4-7 p.m. and Sat-Sun noon-3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, call for hours. An updated listing of current shows and events can be found on the WCA website. WHERE: 71 E. Commercial St., Willits MORE INFO: 707 459-1726, WillitsCenterfortheArts.org

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Our campground resort features an “Old West” theme and is laid out on a peaceful country setting with rolling hills and trees. The campground has something for everyone, including a swimming pool, fishing pond, petting zoo, radio control track, mini golf, playtower, arcade, rental bikes, disc golf course, waterspray park, hiking trails and much more. Our National award winning summer recreation program (caters to kids) includes ice cream socials, and live entertainment featuring hula hoop contests, singing, dancing and karaoke, making our campground the perfect place for family camping. Visit with your family, plan your family reunion with us, consider group activities or just an overnight visit with us. Our spacious RV sites, shaded tent sites and cozy Kamping Kabins all make our campground attractive to all types of camping needs. Our new Kamping Lodges hold up to 6 people and includes a kitchen and bath for those wanting a little more luxury.

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The Willits Skate Park has enough rails and rollers, hips and fun boxes, quarter pipes and coping, to turn your legs to jelly and make your mind flip. Add in an 8 foot bowl for your pumping pleasure and you have yourself a skater’s dream. The Willits Skate Park was the first skate park in Mendocino County. The last of the cement for this park was poured in 2004, but the vast community effort that was put into this park is truly a testament to what can be accomplished if a few people follow through with a big idea. The finished product, an 18,500-square foot cement skate park, came together some five years later. In the end, over 6,000 man-hours of volunteered time and roughly $800,000 in grants and donated funds all helped to make this possible.

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Go to skate or just to check out the action. The park is now one of Northern California’s premier skate destinations, and welcomes anyone on a skateboard, roller skates or rollerblades. Sorry, no bicycles are allowed. Bring your pads because helmets, elbow pads and knee pads are a must. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer. From Hwy 101 turn east on East Commercial St.; the park is about one-half mile down on the left-hand side (north side of street), near the ball fields. MORE INFO: 707 459-4605, WillitsSkatePark.com

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If you want to spend a nice afternoon in Willits, visit one or all of their city parks. Recreation Grove Park, the largest park in town, is at the corner of Commercial and South Lenore Streets. The park includes a stage, arena, covered picnic tables, restrooms, barbecues, a food service building and a playground for the kids. The Willits City Park is downtown across from the City Hall. Under a canopy of trees you will find a playground and the Centennial Monument, which was dedicated in 1988 in celebration of Willits’ 100 years as an incorporated city. This park is also the location for the weekly Farmers Market. Babcock Park, the smallest park in Willits is off Hwy 101 adjacent to the Frank Howard Memorial Hospital. There you can stretch your legs under some trees by the fountain, or even have a picnic lunch. MORE INFO: 707 459-4601, WillitsCity.com

Seabiscuit, the legendary race horse and subject of a major motion picture, lived and is buried at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits along Highway 101 in central Mendocino County. San Francisco auto salesman Charles Howard paid $7,500 for Seabiscuit and hired trainer Tom Smith and jockey Red Pollard to race him. Together they turned a 3-year-old, seemingly brokendown, rebellious horse into a champion and one of the greatest racehorses in history. Together they embodied the American spirit and gave hope to millions of Americans during the darkest economic era our nation has ever faced. One victory after another, Seabiscuit lifted the citizens of our country out of the despair of the Great Depression and became the greatest icon of his time. The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to promote the cultural legacy of Ridgewood Ranch, the home and SeaBiscuitHeritage.com final resting place of this legendary racehorse. Through historic preservation, environmental conservation and public education the foundation’s ultimate goal is to create a living museum by continuing Ridgewood’s 150-year history as a working ranch. Individuals and groups are welcome to take a guided tour of Ridgewood Ranch, Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, and Charles Howard’s historic craftsman style ranch house. To schedule a reservation or for individuals interested in contributing to the preservation and conservation of Ridgewood Ranch, contact them or visit their website. WHERE: 16200 No. Hwy 101 Willits MORE INFO: 707 459-5992, SeaBiscuitHeritage.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Mendocino County Museum

Do you remember the movie “Seabiscuit” about the race horse that captured the hearts of millions of people in the 1930s? This famous steed was from the Willits area and the Mendocino County Museum has an extensive exhibit on his career. In addition, the museum has numerous artifacts and exhibits on the area’s rich history,

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including an old stagecoach, relics from the clipper ship the “Frolic” and Native American baskets. There is also a mock creamery, a locomotive exhibit and other examples of what life was like in Mendocino County starting from its inception. The museum is a wonderful place to learn about the area. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: 400 East Commercial St., Willits MORE INFO: 707 459-2736, MendocinoMuseum.org

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Spend the Fourth of July in the old west. The town of Willits is home to a week-long Fourth of July celebration known as Willits Frontier Days. This event stars California’s oldest continuous rodeo. The 2012 celebration will mark the 86th year of this authentic western event. The rodeo and a full week of events draw people from all over California and the world. Willits Frontier Days started out as a means to raise funds to build a hospital for the town and it is in that spirit which the event continues today. The main event is the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRA) Rodeo. This is rodeo at its finest, featuring some of the finest cowboy talent in California. It’s got the right stuff: bull riding, bulldogging, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping and more, plus all the dust, sweat and excitement you can handle. Live professional rodeo is a spectator sport like no other in America, and in Willits, it’s clear the old west is alive and kicking today. This is the real deal.

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Centered around this semi-professional, top competition are a traditional rodeo parade, rodeo sweetheart competition, cutest little cowboy and cowgirl contest, junior rodeo, gymkhana, karaoke, old-time carnival, classic western dance, cowboy barbecue and breakfast and a classic shoot-out by the Black Bart Gunfighters. Get a hat (no cattle needed) and come be a cowboy or cowgirl for a week. MORE INFO: 707 459-6330, WillitsFrontierDays.com

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ake a scenic turn off Hwy 101 northeast on Route 162, and head towards one of California’s prettiest pockets of nature. The drive takes you along the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad, along the ancient waters of the Eel River into a land that Native Americans venerate to this day. Covelo and the Round Valley, with its breathtaking mountains, the majestic Eel River, groves of conifers and valley oaks, offer a rare glimpse of the wilderness to share and remember. The air is fresh, crisp and clean and the view is literally panoramic. The little town of Covelo at the middle of Round Valley is a unique cultural enclave in the middle of a natural world. It has a vibrant artistic community and a Community Radio Station, KYBU 96.9 FM. Boasting many talented artists who specialize in a number of different media — ceramics, basket-making, drumming, photography, painting, quilting and Japanese textiles, sculpture — Covelo is one of the most culturally rich towns in Mendocino County. It is the perfect place to stop and purchase unique local specialties or a fun stop for gallerybrowsing. The first inhabitants of Round Valley were members of the Native American Yuki tribe who resided there for thousands of years until the mid-1850s when they were forced onto a reservation, eventually with seven other tribes. Over the past century, the area around the reservation has been populated with small settlements. Industry did pass through briefly RESTAURANT but left the natural beauty of the landscape relatively untouched. Even the old railroad line with its turn-of-the-century designed trestles and tunnels seems a natural work of art today, more sculpture than scar.

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Events and Festivals

• Round Valley Community Rodeo, Labor Day, September • Indian Days, September • Harvest Festival, October

Scenic Drive to Covelo

Ten miles north of Willits, State Route 162 runs east from Hwy 101. Known as the Covelo Rd., it meanders through the Mendocino National Forest all the way to Glenn County and Willows. It is one the most beautiful riparian back roads in California. An hour’s journey over this 41-mile road will take you back to the past and into the heart of unspoiled nature. Your odyssey will follow the tracks of the historic Northwestern Pacific Railroad with its majestic tunnels, trestles and tracks cutting through the hills and river canyons. Opened in 1914, with its final run in the 1990s, the NWP railroad that once ran the length of the Eel River from Willits to Eureka is itself a man-made wonder. Built by hard working, mostly immigrant labor at the turn of the century, it is a sight to behold. The remaining glory of the railroad invokes a sense of history and nostalgia for a time carved in stone but no longer here. The Covelo Road, Route 162, will transport you through mixed conifer forests, oak woodlands, grass glades, canyons and wet meadows. In fall and winter, the forests and the majestic Eel River are the stars of the journey. The road follows the course of both the South and Middle forks of the Eel for a time. See a wild, natural waterway in motion, waxing and waning through the seasons, visually and spiritually refreshing. In spring and summer, California poppies, penstemon, shooting stars, wild iris, Indian paintbrush, dogwood, wild lilac and several varieties of lupine steal the show with breathtaking explosions of color. Go ahead—take a drive on the wild side. Head for Covelo and an outdoor experience you’ll never forget.

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Just 12 miles east of Covelo, you will find the secluded and magnificent Black Butte River Ranch. This 14-acre facility is minutes from great swimming holes on the Eel River and the wilds of the Mendocino National Forest. The Ranch offers full hook-up RV sites as well as tent camping and rustic cabins next to the Black Butte River. A County Store, barbeque featuring local grass fed beef, showers and laundromat are all on-site. Bring your horse, as they provide nine paddocks and seven acres of pasture. Rainbow trout, Salmon, and Steelhead can be found in over 300 miles of streams and 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds. Other recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, hunting, nature study, mushroom hunting, photography, and offhighway vehicle travel. The Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness provides the experience of deep mountain forests and swift rivers. Mendocino National Forest is located 6 miles from the Ranch. The changing elevations in this wilderness offer a variety of outdoor conditions. WHERE: 34985 Etsel Ridge Road, Covelo MORE INFO: 707-983-9438, BlackButteRiverRanch.com

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The annual Blackberry Festival will be held August 17 and 18, 2013, at the Blackberry Festival grounds in Covelo. The grounds include a large wisteriacovered semi-circular arbor with a bandstand in the middle, all originally built for the first festival. A variety of local bands play through the two days of the festival. There are many booths featuring arts and crafts, unique clothing, blackberry delicacies, delicious food, beer and wine tasting. There is an antique car show and a special kids’ area with an photo by Marie Louise Mileck inflatable slide, climbing wall and dunk tank. Sunday morning is the annual 5K and 10K footrace, sponsored by the Friends of the Library along with a country breakfast sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Festival was started in 1983 by a large group of local people in order to provide an outlet for local citizens to sell their handiwork, boost the Round Valley economy by promoting tourism and to unite the citizens in a common cause. Wild blackberries grow all around the Valley and many people pick buckets each year to enjoy fresh or to can or freeze. Robert Cunnan, a local carpenter who designed the arbor and bandstand that was built by a group of volunteers, gave this reflection of his plan: “Each post represents an individual aspect of our diverse town, and the supports are their upraised arms joining hands in the circle of community that creates the arbor, nurturing and providing space and shade and support for all.” WHERE: Festival grounds are located at the corner of Main and Grange Streets, in the park of the historic flour mill. MORE INFO: RoundValleyBlackberryFestival.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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he Mendocino National Forest, just to From Hwy 101 to reach Interstate the east of Covelo, covers an enor5, travel east through Mendocino Namous area that is perfect for outdoor tional Forest. The journey is approxirecreation. This forest is the only one of mately 85 miles over both paved and California’s 18 national forests that is not dirt roads, and can take over three crossed by a paved road or highway. The hours to drive, but the beautiful scenForest is especially attractive to people ery and sweeping vistas will turn the seeking an outdoor experience of tranquilchore of reaching the interstate into ity and solitude. Approximately 65 miles an adventure all its own. The route long and 35 miles across, this forest conthrough Mendocino National Forest is sists of one million acres of mountains and usually closed until mid-May due to canyons which offer abundant recreational snow. opportunities. Elevations in the Forest Closures are possible at other times range from 750 feet in the Grindstone of the year and road conditions may Creek Canyon in the Sacramento Valley vary; before departing call the Covfoothills on the Forest’s eastern edge, to elo Ranger District at 707-983-6118 8,092 feet at the South Yolla Bolly Mounor the Grindstone Ranger District at tain in the northern part of the Forest. The 530-934-3316 for more information on average elevation is about 4,000 feet. Four conditions and closures. wilderness areas are located in the MenMORE INFO: FS.fed.us/r5/mendocino docino National Forest: Yolla Bolly, Yuki, Sanhedrin and Snow Mountain—running north to south respectively. Mendocino National Forest is also home to two of the federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers; the Eel River was designated in 1981 and the Black Butte River designated in 2006. CAMPING: The camping experience within Mendocino National Forest is outstanding, with developed campgrounds offering some facilities from backcountry camping to dispersed campsites (which are not as developed as the regular campgrounds and will usually have one or two primitive vault toilets, one or two picnic tables and fire rings). For up-to-date information contact the Covelo Ranger Station located just north of Covelo on Hwy 162 or phone 707-983-6118. GETTING THERE IS EASY. Take Hwy 162 North of Covelo for 1.5 miles; there you can stop by the ranger station. From the station turn east on Hwy 162 for 11 miles to Eel River Work Center. From this point all the campsites are accessible. Some of our favorites are listed below. • Eel River Campground is adjacent to the Eel River Work Station with river access. Hammerhorn Lake Campground is 18 miles north of Eel River Work Center via Road M1 (Indian Dick Rd), and offers a 5-acre lake for trout fishing in a mixed conifer setting. • Little Doe Campground is 18 miles north of Eel River Work Center via Road M1 (Indian Dick Road). No piped water here, but a beautiful mixed conifer setting at 3600 feet. Howard Lake Basin Recreation Area is a popular primitive experience. The 20-acre lake is accessible; however, it is recommended that vehicles with good clearance be used, such as a pickup truck, since the access road is not improved. • Howard Meadows Campground is great for picnicking with fishing and nearby boat launching ramp. At 3500 feet this campground is within walking distance to Howard Lake. • Three nicely dispersed camp sites include: Atchison Camp on Forest Hwy 7, Section 24; Surveyor Camp, off Forest Hwy 7, seven miles east of Eel River Station; Green Springs Camp and Rock Cabin Camp are trailhead camps and popular jumping off spots to the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness. Georges Valley and Soldier Ridge Camps are located at the northeast terminus of the Indian Dick Road (M-1); both camps are at trail heads accessing the wilderness. RECREATION: The diverse geography of this forest offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, backpacking, boating (no motors), fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel. The Mendocino National Forest supports an extensive resident trout fishery as well as salmon and warm-water fisheries. Rainbow trout are found in over 300 miles of streams and 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds. The varied terrain of the Mendocino provides endless challenges for mountain bikers. Wilderness areas are one of the few places in the Forest where bicycles are not permitted. Mendocino National Forest offers one of the finest opportunities for OHV recreationists in Northern California. Designated routes and facilities exist for the enjoyment of the OHV recreationist. Free OHV maps are available at the Covelo Ranger station. 74 Mendocino County • 101Things.com

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Ukiah Field Office 2550 North State St., Ukiah CA 95485 468-4000 • CA.BLM.gov/ukiah Access roads into this area are narrow and winding. Travel trailers and large RVs not recommended. Before you go, obtain a free map at the BLM office in Ukiah. Campsites first-come, first-served; no potable water at most campsites. North Cow Mountain Recreation Area – 17 mi. of foot trails, off-highway vehicles (OHVs) prohibited. Mayacamas Campground – 9 units, tables, BBQs, pit toilets. Goat Rock – 2 units, tables, fire grates/BBQ, water for animals. South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area 125 mi. of OHV trails and roads. Area subject to closure during periods of wet weather. For current conditions call 24-hours a day, 468-4000. Red Mountain Campground – 10 units, toilets, BBQs, tables. Buckhorn – 4 units, tables, fire grates/BBQs, toilets. Sheldon Creek – 6 units, toilets, tables, fire grates/ BBQs.

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Covelo Ranger Station 78150 Covelo Rd., Covelo CA 95428, 983-6118 Campsites are first-come, first-served. Get directions and map from Ranger Station.

Developed Camps

Eel River – Tables, stoves, toilets, water, river access, no hookups. May 1-Oct. 1, fee $8. Hammerhorn Lake – Tables, fire rings, stoves, water, toilets, boat ramp, no hookups, no trash. June 1-Oct. 1, fee $8. Little Doe – Tables, fire rings, stoves, toilets. No water, no hookups, no trash. June 15-Oct. 1, fee $6.

Dispersed Camps

“Dispersed” camp sites are not as developed as regular campgrounds; unimproved roads, no parking areas or water, fee $6. Atchison – 3 campsites, a pit toilet, fire rings. Howard Lake – Vault toilet, no other facilities. Road unimproved, 4WD recommended, fee $6. Surveyor – 3 campsites, restrooms, tables, no fee. Green Springs – 4 campsites, tables, restrooms, spring water, no fee. Rock Cabin – 3 campsites, no fee. Georges Valley and Soldier Ridge – No facilities.

LAKE MENDOCINO

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1160 Lake Mendocino Dr., Ukiah CA 95482 462-7581 Facilities on Lake Mendocino include visitor center with weekend campfire programs, group and individual campsites, day use areas, boat ramps, fishing, wid life viewing and equestrian access. Fees vary. Golden Age and Golden Access discounts accepted. Annual passes. Ky-en & Bu-shay Campgrounds – take Hwy. 20 E from Hwy. 101, 5 mi. N. of Ukiah. Marina Dr. exit will take you to boat ramp, marina and Ky-en Campground. For Bu-shay Campground, continue past Marina Dr. and turn left after bridge. Continue along inlet river, campground is at top of hill. Open April-Sept. Che-ka-ka Campground – 2 mi. N. of Ukiah off Hwy. 101, take Lake Mendocino exit and follow signs. Boat ramp, camping, dam overlook and day use area. Open year-round.

STATE PARKS

Mendocino Sector/Russian Gulch State Park Hwy. 1, Mendocino CA 95460 PARKS.ca.gov, Reservations, call (800) 444-7275 or ReserveAmerica.com Admiral William Standley – 14 mi. W. of Laytonville on Branscomb Rd., 247-3318. 45 acres of redwoods, salmon & steelhead fishing, hiking, picnicking. Big River State Park – just S. of Mendocino, Big River estuary, watershed and hiking trails 937-5804. Caspar Headlands State Beach – 2 mi. N. of Russian Gulch on Point Cabrillo Dr., 937-5804. Beach access, whale watching, fishing.

Greenwood State Beach – 15 m. N. of Point Arena on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. Beach access. Visitor Center open March-Oct., 11am-1pm. Hendy Woods – 1/2 mi. S. of Hwy. 128 on PhiloGreenwood Rd., 895-3141. Virgin redwood groves, Navarro River, hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming canoeing and kayaking. Jughandle State Reserve –1 mi. N. of Caspar on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. 2.5-mi. nature trail, pygmy forest. MacKerricher – 3 mi. N. or Fort Bragg on Hwy. 1, 964-9112. Beach access, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife and whale watching, wheelchairaccessible nature trail, Ten Mile Coastal Trail. Mailliard Redwoods State Reserve – East of Yorkville/Hwy. 128 on Fish Rock Rd. Picnic area, along Garcia River in redwood forest. Manchester – At Manchester on Hwy. 1, 882-2463. Camping (first-come, first-served), beach access, wildlife watching , salmon and steelhead fishing; San Andreas Fault runs into the sea at the park. Mendocino Headlands – Surrounds town of Mendocino off Hwy. 1, 937-5804. Day use area, whale watching, trails, beach access. Ford House Museum has interpretive displays, seasonal exhibits, guided walks, visitor information; call for hours. Montgomery Woods State Reserve – 15 mi. E. of Comptche off Orr Springs Rd., 937-5804. Redwood groves, trails, picnic area and day use. Navarro River Redwoods – Hwy. 128, 2 mi. E. of Hwy. 1 Junction, 895-3141. Redwoods, picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking; camping is first-come, first-served. Point Cabrillo Light Station – Pt. Cabrillo Dr. N. of Mendocino, 937-6122, www.pointcabrillo.org. Lighthouse, gift shop and museum, guided walks Sundays, 11 a.m. from May-Sept. Reynolds Wayside Campground – 4 mi. N. of Leggett on Hwy. 101, 937-5804. Camping, river access in old-growth redwood and Douglas fir forest. Russian Gulch – 2 mi. N. of Mendocino on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. Beach access, swimming, tidepooling, skin diving, rock fishing, hiking trails, paved bike trail, “Devil’s Punch Bowl” sea cave. Schooner Gulch State Beach – 3 mi. S. of Point Area on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. Beach and headlands, fishing, picnicking, surfing, Bowling Ball Beach. Sinkyone Wilderness State Park – 36 mi. SW. of Garberville (Humboldt Co.) on Briceland Rd. (last 9 mi. unpaved, may be impassable in wet weather). Rugged, remote wilderness known as “Lost Coast,” first-come first-served camping & backpacking. Smithe Redwoods State Reserve – 4 mi. N. of Leggett on Hwy. 101, 247-3318. Picnic area, fishing and swimming in South Fork of the Eel River. Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area – 1.5 mi. N. of Leggett on Hwy. 101, 925-6482. Redwood groves, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming on S. Fork of the Eel River, year ’round camping. Van Damme – 3 mi. S. of Mendocino on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. Fern Canyon scenic trail, Pygmy Forest, “Cabbage Patch” bog, camping, beach access, paved bike path, kayak tours. Westport-Union Landing – 19 mi. N. of Fort Bragg on Hwy. 1, 937-5804. First-come, first-served camping, beach access and smelt fishing.

COUNTY/REGIONAL PARKS 463-4267 GUALALA Bower Regional Park – 884-1136, Picnic area, BBQ, horseshoe pits, little league baseball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, outdoor stage, community room. Gualala Point County Park (Sonoma Co.) 785-2377, 1 mi. S. of Gualala on Hwy. 1, Visitors Center, picnic tables, BBQs, campground, showers, dump station, but no RV hook-ups. PHILO / BOONVILLE Indian Creek County Park – Hwy. 128, 1 mi. E. of Philo, 5 mi. W. of Boonville, on Indian Creek. UKIAH VICINITY Low Gap Park – Near Ukiah High School, on Low Gap Rd. Mill Creek County Park – E. of Ukiah in Mayacamas Mountains, take Talmage Rd. E. to Eastside Rd., turn R. and go to Mill Creek Rd. McKee County Parkway – Located along the road connecting Potter Valley with Hwy. 20, hiking, swimming and fishing. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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aytonville is a small yet lively community in north central Mendocino County. Located along Highway 101, it is one of the last stops before reaching Mendocino County’s northern neighbor, Humboldt County. The town is nestled into the Coast Range. An elevation of almost 2,000 feet makes Laytonville the highest community along the Hwy 101 corridor. Established in 1874, the town of Laytonville was a stopping point for the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Line. With its rich mix of prairie and forest, the town’s logging and ranching industries soon expanded. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the town slowly grew, adding a school house, post office, hotel and other amenities that contribute to building a town. In 1917 the Redwood Highway was constructed, and has since connected Laytonville with the rest of the world. Laytonville is a great little town with a friendly “Old West” feel. It may not take long to drive through the town, but if you come for a local event or stop to support a local business, it will be an experience worth the trip.

Laytonville Rodeo

Laytonville is the place for rodeo. The Laytonville Rodeo is known as the “Best Lil’ Rodeo Around,” and features events such as Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Chute Dogging, Roping Events, Saddle Broncs, Hide Races, Wild Cow Milking, Steer Wrestling and Bareback Riding. The main goal is to support the youth of the communities through rodeo and other associated events. The 39th annual Laytonville Rodeo will be held June 8 and 9, 2013. The Laytonville Jr. Rodeo will be held August 24, 2013, complete with the Beauty & the Beast Bull O’ Rama the next day, Aug. 25. A full bar, covered bleachers, free parking, snacks for the photo by Kaye Kuykendall kids and BBQ are available for both days. Contestants may camp for free at the spacious camp grounds co-located with the rodeo grounds. Unfortunately, no dogs, or outside food or beverages are allowed in the rodeo grounds. WHERE: Hwy 101 to Laytonville, follow the signs to the rodeo grounds MORE INFO: email kayekuykendall@yahoo.com

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Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival

The beautiful Black Oak Ranch concert facility, 5 miles north of Laytonville and just three hours north of San Francisco on Hwy 101, provides a picturesque setting for three days of live performances, activities for kids, local food and craft booths and non-profit information. Listen to some of folk music’s greatest talents, and lend your own voice to the campfire sing-along each night at the annual Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in June. Performers at the 2013 festival include Brothers Comatose, Iris DeMent, Dave Alvin, Greg Brown, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, John Prine and many more. Leukemia cut short the life of folk singer and songwriter Kate Wolf, but the song of her life plays on today through the music festival that bears her name. MORE INFO: 707-829-7067, KateWolfMusicFestival.com

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Laytonville Farmers’ Market

Every Monday afternoon from June through October at Good Food Store, and October to June at the Laytonville Grange, local farmers bring the best in local fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan goat cheeses, ranch meats, eggs, garden bouquets, hand-crafted clothing and much more. They come also to share their ideas and visions for future projects in their community. This is the Laytonville Certified Farmers’ Market (LCFM), just off Hwy 101, in the heart of Mendocino County. The Laytonville Certified Farmers’ Market provides a number of opportunities for people in rural Mendocino County to develop new businesses. Visit with friends, enjoy local musicians and purchase yummy and nutritious food while supporting local farms. MORE INFO: MCFarm.org

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Confusion Hill

One of the many roadside attractions just south of Garberville, in northern Mendocino County, is Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill. Listed as a California Point of Historical Interest, and featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind attraction. It has been the home of mystery and fun since 1949. There are several adventures here including the Gravity House and the Redwood Shoe House. When you step into the Gravity House, your body will seem to defy the laws of ConfusionHill.com nature. You will experience contradictory optical and physical sensations that will make you ask yourself, IS SEEING BELIEVING? There are no right or wrong answers at Confusion Hill. There is also the unique, miniature, Mountain Train Ride that will take you on a 30-minute ride up the hill and back down. Along the way you will learn about the Redwood Forest and see historical logging equipment on the side of the track. Confusion Hill is also the home of the World’s Tallest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving that has been listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. While there, take a few minutes to pay your respects at the Twin Towers Memorial Trees. There is a gift shop, snack bar and playground for the kids. WHERE: Along Hwy 101, 15 miles S. of Garberville (exit left) and 7 miles N. of Leggett (exit right) MORE INFO: 707-925-6456, ConfusionHill.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Domicile, habitat, home — it’s where your heart is or isn’t. In the case of the One-Log House, the heartwood of a 2,100 year old redwood was hewn out by hand to make a complete home with all the amenities. Although the timeline for this tree starts around the same time as the birth of Christ, its modern timeline starts with its cutting in 1946. The log for the One-Log House was cut down by Art Schmock and his son. At that time, the tree was on property owned by Georgia Pacific Co. of Eureka. This particular log was cut, rolled onto a trailer, and metal straps were welded around it for support. It was then transported to Eureka where it was hollowed out by hand, OneLogHouse.com using tools such as drills, chisels, wedges and foot adzes. The log itself is 32 feet long, 10-11 feet in diameter and has an interior height slightly over 6 feet. The living area is divided into kitchen, bathroom, living and bedroom areas. In the 8-month process of hollowing the log, enough wood chips were produced to build a traditional five-bedroom home. The One-Log House has traveled the western United States and stayed at various places in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties for the past 53 years. For more than 11 years now, One Log House Espresso & Gifts sits near Richardson Grove State Park on Hwy 101, serving food and organic, locally roasted espresso. Visitors can go inside the house itself, and also enjoy the gift shop with espresso bar, which includes shakes, smoothies, frappes and other refreshments. In addition to expertise in espresso, a clean and polished environment and a helpful staff, there is also an on-site burl factory where many beautiful, unique redwood gifts are created and then sold in the gift shop. Outdoor picnicking areas are available as well as air conditioned seating inside, fun antique logging photos to look at, a souvenir penny smashing machine, and clean handicap accessibility for all customers. Open daily year round. WHERE: On Hwy 101, nine miles south of Garberville by Richardson Grove MORE INFO: 707-247-3717, OneLogHouse.com

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The Peg House

locally-made designer jewelry and other classy gifts and gear. Open from 7:00 a.m. ‘til sunset, hours varying with the seasons. WHERE: 69501 Hwy. 101 N., Leggett (Mendocino Mile Marker 94.00) MORE INFO: 707-925-6444, ThePegHouse.net

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Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Standish-Hickey State Park offers you a chance to see some of the oldest and most majestic redwood trees in the world. Known as the “gateway to the tall trees country,” this area really lives up to its nickname. You can find many different ways to enjoy this beautiful 1,012-acre area. The park’s three campgrounds contain a total of 162 campsites. Amenities include wheelchair accessible restrooms with hot showers. There are hike and bike campsites, nature trails, guided tours and a variety of programs to enjoy. The area also boasts great fishing spots and is a delightful swimming area on the south branch of the Eel River. The Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area is located one and a half miles north of Leggett Ad to run in both Mendocino and off Hwy 101. HumboldtParks.Ca.gov/?page_id=423 2nd Edition of 101 Things To Do MORE INFO: 707-925-6482,

Visit a piece of history! Created from a tree over 2,100 years old! • Unique Redwood gifts, bowls clocks & souvenirs • Antique drag saw & logging photo collection • Espressos, mochas, lattes & freezes • Select food items & ice cream • RV and bus parking • Air conditioned • Picnic area

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On Hwy 101 north of Leggett is one of the most beloved roadside stops along the Redwood Highway. The Peg House is featured in Sunset magazine’s Top Road Food Spots in the West: “One of the 25 Absolutely Best Places to Eat Along Western Highways.” Across from Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, the ‘Peg House’ features a gourLook for the police car in front of the Peg House, met deli, espresso bar, gift shop, genThePegHouse.net eral store complete with picnic and camping supplies, an outdoor organic grill and a gas station. Owners Diana and Gary Ballard-Doll have it all—right in the middle of nowhere and on the way to everywhere. Their espresso bar features some of the best mud north of San Francisco. Signature Coffee, roasted in Redway and freshly ground on site, goes into an old Rancilio espresso machine that has been building up steam for decades. The espresso that comes out has an aroma and crema thick enough to make a city barista cry. The delicatessen features fantastic sandwiches (turkey roasted there) and other delights. The Grill is outside, in back, where you can sit in a garden. The grill features Tri-Tip sandwiches, Humboldt Grass-Fed Beef burgers and fresh, sweet Arcata Bay oysters. A beautiful redwood stage, creates a venue for summer music,movies, and other events. Diana’s award-winning jams, jellies, salad dressings, candies, brownies and cookies make a simple coffee break an event. Try the ‘Mendo Mookie’—a cross between an oatmeal muffin and a cookie. The Peg House has some of the coolest gifts on the road. More collector items than tourist fodder, it features unique postcards, books, signs,

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