Wine Enthusiast

ARTICLE | August 18, 2017

5 Places to Visit in Mendocino County

Giant redwoods, breathtaking coastline, great seafood and elegant Pinot Noir make this rugged region a treat for visitors. Artists flourish in small towns where a counterculture spirit lives on.

Mendocino County Road Map

Medocino County Map

5 Things to Do in Mendocino County

  1. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Mendocino Headlands State Park

    Steps from the town’s art galleries, a spectacular view of the ocean awaits from a path along wind-swept cliffs. Warm up in the Victorian-style Ford House Museum afterward.

  2. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Point Arena Lighthouse

    Step back in time at this lighthouse built in 1908. Visit for an hour or book a room for the night at this scenic destination located an hour’s drive south on Highway 1 from Mendocino town.

  3. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Pennyroyal Farm

    Tour the milking parlor and meet the goats and sheep that help this farmstead craft its cheeses that pair perfectly with the pure-tasting Pinot Noir.

  4. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Anderson Valley Brewing

    The home of mellow Boont Amber Ale, this establishment was among the first 25 U.S. craft breweries. Today it offers visitors 20 options on tap.

  5. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Saracina Vineyards

    After a stroll of the organic gardens at John Fetzer’s contemporary stone-and-glass winery and barrel cave, you can sample estate-grown olive oil and honey. Don’t miss the Pick and Shovel Zinfandel.

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