Mendocino Travel Guide
In the summer, cool off in the Navarro River swimming hole beneath Philo Greenwood Bridge.
Remarkable Pinots made by artist Toby Hill (grab his ’07 Marguerite—if you can get it).
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.
Tom Lemons sells his own line-caught salmon.
Try a Pinot Noir at Goldeneye, a modern Mendocino County winery surrounded by gardens and redwoods.
Founded by retired fire captain Vern Boltz, this small, deceptively humble operation produces much-lauded wines and exceptional grapes.
If woodworking is your thing, drop in at this gallery.
This well-curated general store turns everyday items like Mason jars and balls of twine into exquisite collectibles.
Hang around the store and listen for the village’s tongue-in-cheek dialect, Boontling (supposedly rooted in Scottish Gaelic and Irish).
A popular draw for its affordable whites and outdoor picnic tables under trellised grapevines.
Don’t miss Placewears, a housewares store owned by former managers of ’60s retail trailblazer Design Research.
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.
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.