Califonia Bountiful

On location: Mendocino County

Sept./Oct. 2015 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

From a stunning coastline to majestic groves of ancient redwoods, the large and diverse Mendocino County offers picturesque views and abundant activities. Visitors can enjoy vineyards, rural communities, open spaces, rivers, lakes, mountains, valleys, fine dining, train rides, winetasting, farmsteads and quaint towns, including one with its own language called Boontling.


Tyler, Greg and Chris Nelson, Ukiah

While most of the family farm consists of rangeland for livestock, more than 200 acres are planted with 12 varieties of winegrapes at the Nelson Family Vineyards, with an onsite winery, tasting room and redwood grove picnic area just off Highway 101. The Nelsons also grow pears, olives, strawberries and grains—and run a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm.

The Apple Farm, Philo

"Come. Cook. Relax." That's the gist of The Apple Farm's Stay & Cook weekends, held through November. There are no formal classes, but participants learn about homestead cooking while staying on this working farm.

Wool & Fiber Festival, Boonville

Held in conjunction with the county fair and apple show, Sept. 18-20, this festival includes animals, vendors, art shows and contests, including a wool competition with entries from all over the U.S.

Emandal's Cowboy Poetry, Willits

Musicians and poets take the stage on Sept. 26 at Emandal, a farm located along the Eel River. Guests are invited to come early and enjoy the farm, which also hosts art stays, family camps and more.

Beer, Bison & Bluegrass, Fort Bragg

On Oct. 3, this annual event celebrates local craft breweries, foot-stompin' music and feasting on bison burgers from local J Bar S Bison Ranch, yet another place worth visiting.

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