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recommended GualalaAbsolutely the best place to take in the gorgeous coastal scenery while dodging the major tourist traps. This lovely little town is so quiet and old-fashioned that you half expect to see stray deer ... read morewandering down the main street, and it's packed with cute little inns and adorable mom and pop cafes.Recommended for:Kirsty Evans
If there are any foodies in your group it's also worth taking a drive down the coast to Napa. The French Laundry in Yountville is one of the best restaurants in the world, but it's not the only place worth checking out. With the ridiculous bounty of local produce on offer, it's almost impossible to have a bad meal in Napa.
Calistoga (also in Napa) is worth a visit too just to check out the hot springs.
- Anderson Valley Advertiser14111 Highway 128 # B, Boonville, CArecommended Anderson Valley AdvertiserThis is a GREAT newspaper. The last honest one in America. There's also an online version - theava.com, but I remain a fan of the print edition and the wise words of Bruce Anderson and the Major.Recommended for:Eric Brink
While you're here, read the best Newspaper ever! Published in nearby Boonville.
- Glass Beach320 East Oak Street, Fort Bragg, CArecommended Glass BeachIn the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household garbage over the cliffs above what is now Glass Beach. They discarded glass, appliances, and even cars. The land was owned at that ... read moretime by the Union Lumber Company, and locals referred to it as "The Dumps." Over the years, the pounding waves have cleansed the beach, wearing down the discarded glass into the small, smooth, colored trinkets that sometimes cover the beach today. Glass Beach is now a bit of a tourist attraction. Gayle and I have walked to it, although there are better scenic coastal venues, and the glass curios are only mildly interesting. The rest of Fort Bragg is sort of that way too.Recommended for:Eric Brink
If you must go to Fort Bragg....
- Joshua Grindle Inn of Mendocino44800 Little lake Road, Mendocino, CA 95460recommended Joshua Grindle Inn of MendocinoEarly in our relationship, Gayle and i took a whirlwind driving "tour" that took us through the Trinity Alps over to Arcata, down through the Lost Coast, and onward to points South. We were planning ... read moreto stay overnight in Fort Bragg, when Gayle hit a wall. At that point, she took over the trip, and unilaterally decided that we were going to find a nice place in Mendocino. She also pointed out (correctly) that the B&Bs would lower their rate for our Sunday night stay. I was smart enough not to argue, and before we knew it, we had pulled up to the Joshua Grindle Inn, Gayle had negotiated the price, and we were comfortably established in a very nice upstairs room. I very much enjoyed our stay here and it was probably good for our relationship that we finally got out of the car and had a chance to walk, talk, and cuddle. We got a great night's sleep, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, loved hanging out a bit to enjoy the view, and moved down the road refreshed and happy.Recommended for:Eric Brink
A nice B&B in Mendocino
- Navarro Vineyards & Winery5601 Hwy 128, Philo, CA 95466recommended Navarro Vineyards & WineryAlthough I have enjoyed both the Lazy Creek and the Handly Gewurtztraminer, I always go back the Navarro. I have both mail ordered their wine and stopped by several times while I was in Anderson ... read moreValley. The Winery/Tasting Room and the associated picnic area pleasant and relaxing. The folks who work there are friendly, informative and very service-oriented. Send To A FriendRecommended for:Eric Brink
If you're heading back through the Anderson Valley, this is a great winery.
- Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe6061 S Highway 1, Elk, CA 95432recommended Queenie's Roadhouse CafeGayle and I stopped in for breakfast on our drive up the coast from Pt. Arena. The ambiance could be construed by some "nothing special here". My translation is: local, non-pretentious, comfortable, ... read moreand a good value for the money. The food (including the coffee) and service were both excellent.Recommended for:Eric Brink
A nice place to stop on you're way if you're coming up the coast.
- Patterson's Pub10485 Lansing Street, Mendocino, CArecommended Patterson's PubI'm big on Pubs and their grub. Patterson's fits the bill and with a friendly and energetic vibe thrown in. It's within walking distance from almost anywhere within the Village of Mendicino and lacks ... read morethe pretentiousness of some within the local Bed, Breakfast, and Gourmet Dining crowd. The beer selection is good, the food was tasty, the service was friendly and welcoming, many of the patrons were local, the bill was reasonable, and Gayle and I were in and out relatively quickly. So for this particular lunch, our lives were completeRecommended for:Eric Brink
A nice local joynt
- North Coast Brewing Company455 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437recommended North Coast Brewing CompanyFort Bragg's craft brewery has a brewpub restaurant that we've found to dish up the tastiest mid-priced grub anywhere around Mendocino. The waits for a table can be long if you don't have ... read morereservations, so we usually just wait for a spot in the bar, where you can still order off of the full menu. Of course, the real point in coming here is to try the beers, including some high-alcohol content Belgian brews. One weeknight is usually free pint night, where you get to keep the glass.Recommended for:Local CultureSara Benson
If you get tired of paying the high prices in Mendocino, drive north up to more reasonable Ft Bragg, where this brewpub is family-friendly.
- Sonoma State Historic Park20 East Spain Street, Sonoma, Californiarecommended Sonoma State Historic ParkEnjoyed the Siate Park, made a picnic from food we purchased at a local market and relaxed. Thought this was something you could enjoy with a baby. I loved the wine tasting self tour but may be less ... read morerelaxing for parents. Many art and craft shops, beautiful sceenery, bicycle trails and good ratting in the area,Recommended for:Barbara Olson
Have a lovely vacation, relax and as always ask locals. Please remember to pack your babies needed items to get you through the first couple of days, so you remain stress free. A vlean blanket foe crawling is always a great idea. Look around, be aware and enjoy the beauty!
- Skunk Train100 West Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CArecommended Skunk TrainThe skunk train is awesome! Every time we came to Mendocino as a kid we'd ride on it, through the redwoods. And then when my family was there a couple years ago, we all went on it again - and it was ... read morejust as fun as adults, but i also realized for the first time how beautiful the trip is, up a canyon and under a canopy of redwoods. The train leaves from Fort Bragg and winds its way up into the coastal range, offering some marvelous views of the hills and the ocean. It stops at this old mining town (it's hardly a town, actually) called Northspur, which has a little restaurant, a kitchy souvenir shop, and a little trail to walk through the redwoods. Then you get back on the train and come back down the canyon - it's about a three hour trip in all. I highly recommend it!
recommended Fort BraggFort Bragg is a small Californian town located near Mendocino. I visited the town during a spontaneous Memorial Day weekend trip. With the small shops, restaurants and local bars, we had a great time. ... read moreMy three favorite parts of the city were the Glass Beach and North Coast Brewing. If you're a fan of beaches and beers, check these places out.Recommended for:Keane
I would definitely recommend stopping by the nearby city of Fort Bragg. There's a cool Glass Beach that your kids would love, and North Coast Brewing is up here. They have a restaurant where you can try beer while your kids nosh on food :)
- Airborne & Special Operations Museum100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC
- Jambbas Ranch5386 Tabor Church Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312-7375
- Cafe Beaujolais961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460recommended Cafe BeaujolaisMmm, risotto. Crab cakes. Corn soup. The menu at Cafe Beaujolais (the top restaurant in the town of Mendocino for coming on to 1000 or so years now) is filled with one amazing item after another.Recommended for:
- Garden Bakery10450 Lansing Street
- Harvest Market10501 Lansing Street
- Mendocino Headlands State ParkMendocino, California
- Point Cabrillo Light Station45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA