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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Pick Your Pinot in Mendocino County


2. Where to Eat

Sit near the fireplace at Macallum House.  

Start with homemade mushroom dumplings at the Boonville Hotel Restaurant, a rustic joint located just off Highway 128 deep in Anderson Valley. The produce comes from either the vegetable garden out back or farms within a 100-mile radius. Local wines have low markups.

Book well in advance for one of the two nightly seatings at La Petite Rive, the seven-table bistro off Highway 1 that draws foodies all the way from San Francisco. The five-course dinner starts at $28.95, and local wines are poured charitably.

Though MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant’s fine-dining restaurant is a popular romantic splurge, meals at the property’s fireplace-warmed Gray Whale Bar & Café are half the cost, just as tasty, and don’t require reservations. Craft pints are $3 during happy hour.

Published on Nov 5, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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