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Visit the Bay Area's Most Beautiful Lighthouses

Lighthouses may have originally been designed to guide sailors, but these historic relics also serve as gorgeous beacons for a vista-filled roadtrip around the Bay Area. 

The Explorer’s Guide to Mendocino

When Marin is packed and Big Sur is feeling crowded, we like to take off for Mendocino County. Just a few hours drive north up Highway 1, this place is a NorCal dream with acres of redwood forests, hot springs, and long stretches of wild, untamed coastline. Who knows — maybe we’ll see you up there this weekend.

Mendocino's a Whale of a Time

Although the name implies the presence of pirates, the only seafaring creatures you'll spot in Smuggler’s Cove in Mendocino are gray whales. March and April are the ideal times to spot the gentle giants. Mendocino goes all out for the occasion, from whale watching tours to the Whale & Jazz Festival (April 3 - May 13), so clear your calendar and get ready to head north.

Gals Who Grow Grapes in Mendocino

Handley Cellars

Mendocino County is growing a name for itself in the wine industry and responsible for some of that growth is a few fabulous women winemakers.

Soaking and Sipping in Ukiah


Though it plays the role of the big-city as needed, Ukiah, the largest city in Mendocino County, has managed to hold on to some small town charm. 

24 Hours in Boonville and Philo

With each twist and turn in Mendocino County, you never know what you might find or what you might see. 

Mendocino Wine Country is Growing a Name For Itself

The rugged Mendocino coast has a well-earned reputation as a Bay Area weekend getaway. But there’s more to Mendocino County than just those beautiful beaches. Head inland to stumble upon some small towns and get a taste of Mendocino Wine Country.

Add Llamas to Your Mendocino Must Do List

Lodging & Llamas

Mendocino is known for its picturesque seaside setting. You expect to see things like shining blue water, rugged coast and even the not-so-pretty thick, wet fog.

Llamas out for a jaunt – well they make you question your eyes, and when you realize you’re not seeing things, even pull over.

5 Beaches for the Christmas Visit List

Año Nuevo State Park

Sunny skies and mild temperatures make day trips to the beach a year round possibility in the Bay Area. And there’s no better time to take advantage of a little surf and sand than over the holidays. Whether you’ve got some extra time off, or are looking to escape the holiday craze, here’s some great beaches to put on your Christmas visit list.

Año Nuevo State Park

Weekend Getaway to Mendocino, Northern California's Other Wine Country

Roederer Estate Mendocino

Whenever there's a discussion about Northern California wine country, it typically revolves around Napa or Sonoma. However, just north of Sonoma is an often-overlooked wine region: Mendocino County.

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