5 Places to Visit in Mendocino County

Admire a lighthouse, meet goats and sheep at a farm, visit a vineyard and brewery or just explore a state park. Mendocino County takes you back to the land.
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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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Published on May 16, 2017
Topics: California
About the Author
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.


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