Things to do in Mendocino
In the summer, cool off in the Navarro River swimming hole beneath Philo Greenwood Bridge.
A popular draw for its affordable whites and outdoor picnic tables under trellised grapevines.
Up the road in Philo, you can also visit the most photogenic tasting room in the valley, in a 19th-century wooden building once used for drying apples.
An Anderson Valley pioneer, housed in a charmingly rustic converted barn.
When the logging dried up in the 1930s, the artists started moving in; eventually, they founded this nonprofit, which gives scholarships, rents studio space, and mounts ambitious exhibitions that are well worth checking out.
Located in the hills, with panoramic views. Tastings are accompanied by bowls of Goldfish and Cheetos—a savory (if irreverent) touch.
By appointment only.
If woodworking is your thing, drop in at this gallery.
Don’t miss Placewears, a housewares store owned by former managers of ’60s retail trailblazer Design Research.
Tom Lemons sells his own line-caught salmon.
This well-curated general store turns everyday items like Mason jars and balls of twine into exquisite collectibles.
Award-winning beers, plus seasonal releases (look for the Deep Enders Dark Porter).
The name means “sheep” in Boontling—a nod to the property’s former life as one of the oldest sheep ranches in the region.
From the French makers of Cristal: sparkling wines at a much more budget-friendly price, in the valley’s poshest setting.
Remarkable Pinots made by artist Toby Hill (grab his ’07 Marguerite—if you can get it).