Fall Up to Mendocino
Mendocino County for a Fall Getaway
We're lucky to call California home—it's one of the most geographically diverse states in the country. And one of its most diverse counties? Mendocino! Just a few hours from San Francisco, Mendocino County has it all—from rugged coastline to inland valleys and redwood forests, Michelin-starred dining and charming towns, this is the place for your next weekend getaway. Check out the Mendocino County Bucket List for top ideas. Hop on board the Skunk Train for a scenic journey through the heart of the county's redwood forests and mountain meadows, crossing more than 30 bridges en route. Or drive Mendocino's wine road, 75 glorious miles that belong on the fall of fame for the picturesque vineyards, friendly family-owned wineries, and towering redwoods. Speaking of redwoods (yes, they're everywhere in Mendocino County!), visit a few of the county's beautiful state parks to see stands of these big red beauties: take a hike into the lush ferns and forest of Van Damme State Park and Russian Gulch State Park. Later, wander the bluffside trails at sunset in Mendocino Headlands State Park, keeping an eye out for migrating gray whales, then stroll right into downtown Mendocino. The coast-side setting of this historic charmer is walkable and filled with cool stores, bed & breakfasts, and award-winning restaurants.
BONUS: Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Fest (November 6–15): Mendocino County's favorite fungus goes well with its wine and beer! Taste the very rare candy cap mushroom, with its rich maple-syrup flavor, and pair the pickings with a winemaker or brewmaster dinner.
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