Top 5 Things To Do in Mendocino County
Just an hour and 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, the adventure, fun, and incredible scenery of Mendocino County await you! The perfect getaway for the weekend–or just for the day–we have a few thoughts on how you can make your next road trip unlike anything you’ve experienced before. And, we promise we have something for Mendo veterans, too! No matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find something new to do.
1. Breakfast at Yorkville Market
Up first on the list? Breakfast at Yorkville Market. Right away, you’re welcomed into the bucolic splendor of Yorkville, CA—population 317. A charming spot right off of Highway 128, Yorkville Market is the perfect place to get settled and plan your day. Munch on hot and crispy breakfast sandwiches while reading the weekly issue of the Anderson Valley Advertiser (arguably one of the last old fashioned newspapers around). Shop local artisan goods and take a look through their curation of some of our favorite local wines. Spot something familiar? We’re proud to have our Hi-Rollr red featured there. Consider packing a sandwich to-go or grabbing some supplies for a picnic later in the day.
2. Taste All 8 Bordeaux Varietals at Yorkville Cellars
We’re happy to call Yorkville the home of our vineyard estate. The San Francisco Chronicle calls us, “The only winery this side of France that grows all eight Bordeaux varietals,” and we produce single varietal wines out of all of them. We celebrated our 26th Harvest this year and are grateful for the many years we’ve been able to make wines you love.
We offer complimentary tastings as well as the option to upgrade your tasting experience by playing Name That Varietal. This interactive tasting room game puts your knowledge to the taste as you blind taste your way through the six Noble Reds, learning more about which varietals you prefer and why!
We also offer VIP Tasting experiences such as a tour of our organic vineyards or a progressive picnic tasting through our vineyards. Club members and up to 5 guests receive one free VIP experience each year.
3. Play Disc Golf at Anderson Valley Brewing
In the wine business, they say it takes a lot of great beer to make good wine, and that’s why we’re lucky to have these neighbors so close by. Just a short jaunt up the road from us, you’ll find Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Much like us, they appreciate the history of Boontling – the linguistic phenomenon created and spoken by locals in the late 1800s. Their slogan, “Bahl Hornin’,” is a way of saying “cheers” in Boontling. Stop by after your visit with us, grab a few discs, and set out to play their 18-Hole Disc Golf Course right on the brewery grounds. Enjoy beer from the Tap Room as you try your hand sinking a few holes-in-one.
4. See Redwoods at Hendy Wood State Park
These gentle giants are sure to make your list of favorite sites in Northern California. Hendy Woods State Park plays guardian to two groves of redwoods, some of which are taller than 300 feet and older than 1,000 years. Great for swimming in the summertime and canoeing or kayaking in the wintertime and with year-round hiking and camping options, Hendy Woods State Park is the perfect choice for experiencing the range that Mendocino County has to offer.
5. Enjoy Dinner at Wild Fish
This incredible restaurant in Little River, CA often plays host to our winemaker dinners but is a perfect spot to enjoy any time of year. Exceptionally curated, each dish at Wild Fish is sustainably sourced and highlights the best of the local fare. The most distinguishing part of their menu? The freshly caught fish, purchased each morning directly off the boats. Placing a focus on collaboration, quality, and community, owners Liz and Kelvin’s phenomenal restaurant is rivaled only by the equally stunning views just outside the restaurant’s doors.
6. BONUS: Bowling Ball Beach
If you choose to return via Highway 1 or if you cross to the coast after your stop in Boonville, this bonus is a can’t-miss destination. This famous beach is renowned for its mysterious round rocks. Slick and scattered across the beach, these oversized bowling balls are most easily spotted at low-tide. There is much speculation in regards to their origin, but the answer is simply that they are a geological phenomenon. Grains of sand are bound together by mineral cements that ultimately create larger formations. Plain and simple, they’re a natural wonder and a crown jewel of Mendocino County.
We can’t wait to see you in the tasting room and to welcome you to Yorkville, CA!