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It's Mushroom Mania in Monterey

Mushrooms

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Let us preface this by saying we have no apple-directed anger, nor do we bear any ill will toward acorns, pears, grapes, or the other edibles usually associated with fall. We love them all, in fact, but the whole autumn and edibles column pretty much belongs to mushroom. We know, we know; little shroomies pop up, in your grass, all year long, especially on those damp spring mornings. But fall is their headlining season, when all the fancy food magazines and cooking shows feature truffle-oil pastas and stroganoffs and casseroles rich with their meaty, meat-free taste. So, you get what we're saying.

With that in mind, we do love when a business will turn over not simply its dishes and restaurants to an ingredient but its spas and activities, too. That's what's happening in Monterey County, at Bernardus Lodge, through January. Not only will mushrooms pop up in various entrees, but Bernardus will feature fungus in the desserts, too: Chanterelle Mousse and a Black Truffle Ice Cream Sundae are two tantalizers. And, yep, there are a mushroom cocktails, too.

Click here for all the mushroom happenings in Monterey this fall!