POSTED ON May 7, 2016 | IN Wine Photo of the Day | BY Joe Becerra
Mendocino romantic weekend

The Blue Door Inn – one of many top lodging accommodations in Mendocino

Mendocino – a weekend getaway of wine, food and romance

This is one of many romantic and picturesque B&B’s in the town of Mendocino. Mendocino is the perfect spot for a weekend of wine, food and ocean viewing. If you could go back in time and visit Mendocino in 1950, it would look exactly the same as it does today. Many of the folks who live in Mendocino are artists, writers, and creative types. The solitude of the town and the roar of the ocean waves are inspiring. For the weekend traveler, Mendocino is the perfect place to rejuvenate the spirit and experience life as it was many moons ago. Wine country is just 40 minutes away in the Anderson Valley. Between the towns of Philo and Navarro, there are 20 or so wineries to visit. Because the Anderson Valley is a cool-climate region, Pinot Noir is the grape of choice. There are many outstanding producers of Pinot Noir,  including Navrarro Vineyards, Goldeneye, Lula and Drew. We spend a good portion of the day in the Anderson Valley on the way to our stay in Mendocino. Much like the town of Mendocino, the Anderson Valley wine country scene is relaxed and laid back. It is quite the opposite of the tourist scene in the Napa Valley or Sonoma. Yet, the wines are fantastic! On this trip, we stayed at the Mendocino Hotel built in 1876. We dined at two very fine restaurants, Café Beaujolais and Trillium.  Café Beaujolais has been around since 1969. Trillium is new and exciting. Early morning in Mendocino is the best time for an invigorating walk or jog along the Mendocino bluffs. The view of the jagged Mendocino Coast is spectacular. Bring a good book, a pair of walking shoes and leave the laptop behind.

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