Aaron & Janelle's Mendocino County Guidebook

Aaron & Janelle
Aaron & Janelle
Joined in 2012
Aaron & Janelle

Aaron & Janelle's Mendocino County Guidebook

Food Scene
The best diner on the NorCal coast.
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locals recommend
Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe
6061 California 1
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locals recommend
The best diner on the NorCal coast.
Recently awarded a Michelin star, an insanely good meal. The price tag is no small thing, so check in to see if they have availablility for a drink on the patio at sunset if you are looking for something more low-key.
The Harbor House Inn
5600 CA-1
Recently awarded a Michelin star, an insanely good meal. The price tag is no small thing, so check in to see if they have availablility for a drink on the patio at sunset if you are looking for something more low-key.
Closest market to the cabin, has most essentials you could need including great wine, local goodies and the famous seaweed bread baked at Harbor House Inn.
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locals recommend
Elk Store
6101 California 1
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locals recommend
Closest market to the cabin, has most essentials you could need including great wine, local goodies and the famous seaweed bread baked at Harbor House Inn.
Delicious Southern vegan restaurant with a great brunch, dinner, and patio for sunny days. Interesting wine menu with a great selection of natural wines.
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locals recommend
Fog Eater Cafe
45104 Main St
6
locals recommend
Delicious Southern vegan restaurant with a great brunch, dinner, and patio for sunny days. Interesting wine menu with a great selection of natural wines.
Pizza & ice cream. Great pizza to take back to the cabin and enjoy on the patio at sunset.
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locals recommend
Frankie's
44951 Ukiah Street
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locals recommend
Pizza & ice cream. Great pizza to take back to the cabin and enjoy on the patio at sunset.
Great brunch, lunch, dinner or just to enjoy a pint.
28
locals recommend
Patterson's Pub
10485 Lansing Street
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locals recommend
Great brunch, lunch, dinner or just to enjoy a pint.
Solid coffee spot offering baked goods to snack on, plus a few tables outside to sit with your pup.
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locals recommend
Moody's Organic Coffee Bar
10450 Lansing Street
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locals recommend
Solid coffee spot offering baked goods to snack on, plus a few tables outside to sit with your pup.
Classic Victorian-style hotel with upscale brunch and dinner.
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locals recommend
MacCallum House Inn
45020 Albion Street
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locals recommend
Classic Victorian-style hotel with upscale brunch and dinner.
Restored Victorian farmhouse with upscale French breakfast and dinner
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locals recommend
Cafe Beaujolais
961 Ukiah Street
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locals recommend
Restored Victorian farmhouse with upscale French breakfast and dinner
Full service grocery store in the area. Has anything you would need as well as organic / specialty goods (including a great local wine and beer selection).
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locals recommend
Harvest Market at Mendosa's
10501 Lansing Street
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locals recommend
Full service grocery store in the area. Has anything you would need as well as organic / specialty goods (including a great local wine and beer selection).
Makes excellent breakfast burritos, quiche, and granola and has very solid coffee as well, also has a great outdoor patio for sunny days.
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locals recommend
Good Life Cafe
10483 Lansing Street
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locals recommend
Makes excellent breakfast burritos, quiche, and granola and has very solid coffee as well, also has a great outdoor patio for sunny days.
Incredible casual seafood spot in Noyo Harbor - the fish tacos and fish po’boys are not to be missed! Also provides locally sourced seafood for takeaway to cook at home.
9
locals recommend
Princess Seafood Market & Deli
32410 N Harbor Dr
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locals recommend
Incredible casual seafood spot in Noyo Harbor - the fish tacos and fish po’boys are not to be missed! Also provides locally sourced seafood for takeaway to cook at home.
Features locally caught seafood in a cozy setting right on the water.
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locals recommend
Wild Fish
7750 California 1
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locals recommend
Features locally caught seafood in a cozy setting right on the water.
Hiking / Outdoors / Fitness
Work off the calories, wine and beer.
Great trails and short drive from the cabin.
Van Damme State Park
Great trails and short drive from the cabin.
Great way to explore the Mendo coast with friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Kayak Mendocino
Great way to explore the Mendo coast with friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Yoga Shine Mendocino
45050 Albion Street
Greenwood State Beach
6150 CA-1
Fern Canyon
Navarro Point Preserve and Scenic Trail
1401 Shoreline Hwy
Wineries & Tasting Rooms
Dog-friendly, good wine and a great host.
Lula Cellars
2800 Guntly Rd
Dog-friendly, good wine and a great host.
Some of the best pinot in the Anderson Valley.
6
locals recommend
Toulouse Vineyards & Winery
8001 California 128
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locals recommend
Some of the best pinot in the Anderson Valley.
Dog-friendly, the tasting is held in an old barn.
Phillips Hill Tasting Room
5101 California 128
Dog-friendly, the tasting is held in an old barn.
Great wine from Elk, about 15 minutes from the cabin. You'll need to book an appointment ahead of time as they don't often take visitors at the winery. Reach out to info@drewwines.com for availability. They have a great tasting room in Phil as well (in the Madrones).
Drew Family Cellars
31351 Philo Greenwood Rd
Great wine from Elk, about 15 minutes from the cabin. You'll need to book an appointment ahead of time as they don't often take visitors at the winery. Reach out to info@drewwines.com for availability. They have a great tasting room in Phil as well (in the Madrones).
One of the originals on the "Wine Road" of Anderson Valley (CA-128).
Husch Vineyards & Winery
4400 California 128
One of the originals on the "Wine Road" of Anderson Valley (CA-128).
Upscale tasting experience, great pinot.
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locals recommend
Goldeneye
9200 California 128
8
locals recommend
Upscale tasting experience, great pinot.
If you are in the mood for bubbles, a good choice.
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locals recommend
Roederer Estate
4501 California 128
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locals recommend
If you are in the mood for bubbles, a good choice.
A more modern tasting room in Philo.
Baxter Winery Tasting Room
8660 CA-128
A more modern tasting room in Philo.
Wine bar featuring local pours, complete with light snacks.
Smithwood Mercantile
45000 Main St
Wine bar featuring local pours, complete with light snacks.
Wendy has out together a great little spot for tastings, both local and from abroad. Great place to try a few local Mendocino wines that don't have tasting rooms of their own. Also boasts an impressive collection of wines from both new and old world regions. Nice selection of snacks and a highly recommended stop if you are into trying hard to find wines in the Anderson Valley.
Disco Ranch
14025 California 128
Wendy has out together a great little spot for tastings, both local and from abroad. Great place to try a few local Mendocino wines that don't have tasting rooms of their own. Also boasts an impressive collection of wines from both new and old world regions. Nice selection of snacks and a highly recommended stop if you are into trying hard to find wines in the Anderson Valley.
Breweries
Classic Mendo County brewery. Worth the drive (~40 minutes) from the cabin. Also has disc golf if that's your thing.
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locals recommend
Anderson Valley Brewing Co
17700 California 253
10
locals recommend
Classic Mendo County brewery. Worth the drive (~40 minutes) from the cabin. Also has disc golf if that's your thing.
Our favorite brewery in the county, up in Fort Bragg. Solid lunch spot as well. A good place to have lunch with a group or family after the Skunk Train.
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locals recommend
North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom, Restaurant & Bar
444 North Main Street
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locals recommend
Our favorite brewery in the county, up in Fort Bragg. Solid lunch spot as well. A good place to have lunch with a group or family after the Skunk Train.
Family-friendly Activities
Great for kids, fun for adults as well. A historic train through the redwoods with a few open top cars to get fresh air on the ride. A bit of food available on board, but better to grab something in Fort Bragg before or after. A beer on board is never a bad idea either.
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locals recommend
Skunk Train
100 West Laurel Street
25
locals recommend
Great for kids, fun for adults as well. A historic train through the redwoods with a few open top cars to get fresh air on the ride. A bit of food available on board, but better to grab something in Fort Bragg before or after. A beer on board is never a bad idea either.
Giraffes, zebras and more down in Point Arena.
21
locals recommend
B Bryan Preserve
130 Riverside Drive
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locals recommend
Giraffes, zebras and more down in Point Arena.
Cooky little museum next door to Lost Coast Found. Worth a quick walk-through if you are in the area.
Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics
Cooky little museum next door to Lost Coast Found. Worth a quick walk-through if you are in the area.
Art & Galleries
Local artists showcase their talents.
Artists Co-Op of Mendocino Gallery
10400 Kasten St
Local artists showcase their talents.
A nonprofit creative arts program in Fort Bragg, California, on the North Coast, that primarily serves adults with developmental disabilities. Support local art for a great cause.
Art Explorers, Inc
333 N Franklin St
A nonprofit creative arts program in Fort Bragg, California, on the North Coast, that primarily serves adults with developmental disabilities. Support local art for a great cause.
Gallery with art from talented local artists; periodically hosts outdoor art fairs, check the website for a calendar of events.
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locals recommend
Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street
14
locals recommend
Gallery with art from talented local artists; periodically hosts outdoor art fairs, check the website for a calendar of events.
Shopping
Designer Erin Keller sources eclectic, modern home goods and clothing from around the world.
Erin Keller Home
10450 Lansing St
Designer Erin Keller sources eclectic, modern home goods and clothing from around the world.
Great, local little shop in the town of Elk (neighbors with Queenie's). Combination of utilitarian and curated goods.
Matson Mercantile
6061 CA-1
Great, local little shop in the town of Elk (neighbors with Queenie's). Combination of utilitarian and curated goods.
Cool little shop in Fort Bragg that has good vintage finds that are very Mendo. Great value and always something interesting. Next door to the Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics.
Lost Coast Found
231 East Redwood Avenue
Cool little shop in Fort Bragg that has good vintage finds that are very Mendo. Great value and always something interesting. Next door to the Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics.