While it's often overlooked for its more popular next-door neighbor, Napa, Anderson Valley is one of the best wine-growing regions in California with a more relaxed and casual vibe. The area is especially famous for its pinot noir and sparkling wine production. Many vineyards and tasting rooms are located along Highway 128. Some of our favorites include Goldeneye Winery, Navarro Vineyards and Winery, and Lula Cellars.
Mendocino appears plucked out of a storybook—a place that mixes charming New England architecture and the romance of California's rugged northern coastline. Situated a couple of hours north of San Francisco, the county remains relatively remote, which only enhances its allure. Here you'll find stunning scenery wherever you look, from soaring redwoods to coastal bluffs and rocky beaches.
The best things to do in Mendocino include sipping some of the world's greatest pinot noir in the Anderson Valley wine region, dining at restaurants that operate at the peak of a farm-to-table ethos and getting out into nature. If that doesn't keep you busy enough, stroll the independent shops in Mendocino Village or downtown Fort Bragg, jump on the historic Skunk Train or hit the spa. When it comes to where to stay, Mendocino offers everything from cozy inns to luxurious resorts. Ready to travel up the coastline? Here's what's in store.