Follow the 101 to the southeast corner of Mendocino County and you'll find the often-overlooked town of Ukiah, home to wineries and a downtown area that has a surprisingly large array of shopping and dining options.


EAT

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Saucy

This modern joint serves creatively topped wood-fired pizzas (including plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options) alongside taps of local beer and wine. But non-pizza lovers will be pleased as well; mac 'n cheese and gnocchi round out the all-day menu, while "Hoppy Hour" includes dollar oysters and lots of bar snacks. // 108 W. Standley St. (Ukiah), saucyukiah.com


(Alyssa Oursler)


Patrona

Just a block away is the family-run Patrona, a farm-to-table restaurant that serves California cuisine featuring the daily catch and local harvest. Plus, they've got a cocktail list that just won't quit. // 130 W. Standley St. (Ukiah), patronarestaurant.com


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Schat's Bakery

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Schat's with full pies and cakes (Oreo is our favorite) and all the pastries and cookies your heart desires. Or, just grab a coffee and snag a cookie from the samples they usually have by the register. // 113 West Perkins St. (Ukiah), schats.com


Soul Sisters

On a health kick? Grab a Humble bowl from Soul Sisters. It's filled with greens, beans, quinoa and more, and is just one of many vegan, gluten-free options at this local favorite. // 816 N. State St. (Ukiah)


DRINK

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Parducci

Just a 10-minute drive north of downtown is the sustainably farmed Parducci Wine Cellars, where travelers can enjoy a classic tasting or plan a trip around one of the winery's Acoustic Cafe music events. // 501 Parducci Rd. (Ukiah), parducci.com


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Rivino

Just 10 minutes south of downtown is Rivino, a boutique winery named after its location along the Russian River. Tastings available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. // 4101 Cox Schrader Rd. (Ukiah), rivino.com


Mendocino Brewing Ale House

The Mendocino Brewing Company was established when the Hopland Brewery—the first brewpub opened in California and the second in the U.S.—needed to expand in the 1990s. Now, just a half mile from that brewery you'll find the Ale House, where you can enjoy a Mendo brew and classic bar games. // 1252 Airport Park Blvd. (Ukiah), mendobrew.com


STAY

View from cottage front porch at Vichy. (Alyssa Oursler)


Vichy Springs Resort

A winding 10-minute drive east of downtown is the best lodging Ukiah has to offer. Lay by the Olympic-sized pool, relax on the front porch of a spacious cottage and enjoy activities only available when you're dropped in the middle of nature (more on this later). // 2605 Vichy Springs Rd. (Ukiah), vichysprings.com


Lake Mendocino

If you're feeling a bit more outdoorsy, camping is possible in Ukiah as well. Lake Mendocino is just 10 minutes northeast of downtown Ukiah and houses 300 campsites. // 1160 Lake Mendocino Dr. (Ukiah)


SHOP

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Shoefly and Sox

For a small town, Ukiah houses an impressive number of boutiques. Shoefly and Sox offers everything from Tom's to great quirky gifts, like little hand towels printed with quips such as "I'm not bossy—I'm the boss." // 120 W. Standley St. (Ukiah), shoeflyandsox.com


La Tre Clothing & Accessories

La Tre isn't cheap, but it has rack after rack of Free People, 7 Diamonds, Lucky, Johnny Was, Chaser and more. And unlike many of the clothing boutiques downtown, the selection caters to both men and women // 201 S. School St. (Ukiah)



Shirt and rings from Liv Fashion Boutique. (Daniel S. McAdams)


Liv Fashion Boutique

Bargain hunters will find some much-appreciated wallet relief at this boutique (which you may recognize from its location in San Francisco). This flagship offers affordable accessories and a reasonable sale rack. The outfit above, including jewelry, totals just $35. // 107 S. School St. (Ukiah), livfashionboutique.com


Mendocino Book Company

While in town, swing by this well-sized spot where you can support a local, independent book store and grab some summer reads. // 102 S. School St. (Ukiah), mendocinobookcompany.com


Farmer's Market

This weekly farmers market, which takes place downtown from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, is worth planning your itinerary around. It's not the largest farmers market you've ever stumbled upon, but besides the expected selection of fresh produce, you'll find a tons plants to start your own garden. // Alex Thomas Plaza (Ukiah), mcfarm.org/ukiah.html


EXPLORE

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City of 1,000 Buddhas

Perhaps the most unexpected thing about Ukiah is the fact that it's home to a large Buddhist community, including a monastery, university, and prayer and meditation center. If you pop in see to see the temple, you may also spot some free-range peacocks! // 4951 Bodhi Way (Ukiah), cttbusa.org


Vichy Baths

The Vichy Baths are not much to look at since they were built in the 1860s, but don't let looks fool you. These are the only warm and naturally carbonated mineral baths in North and South America and were favorites of literary legends Mark Twain and Jack London. Use of the baths (and a nearby hot tub) is free with a stay at the resort or can be enjoyed by purchasing a two-hour or day pass ($33 and $60, respectively). // 2605 Vichy Springs Rd. (Ukiah), vichysprings.com


(Alyssa Oursler)


Chemisal Falls

The Vichy Springs Resort is also home to 700 acres waiting to be hiked and explored. Just a short hike from your room are the Chemisal Falls. You'll spot lots of wildlife and surprises (like this charming yellow truck) as you follow the stream to the 40-foot cascade. // 2605 Vichy Springs Rd. (Ukiah), vichysprings.com


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Lake Mendocino

Even if you don't opt for camping by Lake Mendocino, make the drive to enjoy its 15 miles of hiking and biking trails and some amazing views. Disc-golf lovers are in luck too; there's an ambitious course the challenge your skill. // 1160 Lake Mendocino Dr. (Ukiah)