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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Pick Your Pinot in Mendocino County


5. Oddball Day

Find magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean along the trails of the Mendocino Headlands State Park.  

Head 45 minutes east into Redwood Country, where Shambala Ranch, the off-the-grid yoga sanctuary run by New York expats, offers retreats in a stunning natural setting. Try one of the six types of chakra-balancing massages or take a hike through the giant virgin groves of nearby Montgomery Woods, once home to the world's tallest tree, and still one of the North Coast’s most beautiful and underrated state parks. In the afternoon, follow the Comptche-Ukiah Road back toward Mendocino Village, where you can take a foggy walk over the cliffside trails that snake through Mendocino Headlands State Park. Marked trailheads can be found at various points just across from Main Street. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the area's two ubiquitous inhabitants: California quail and abalone poachers picking up wares to sell in San Francisco's Chinatown. Afterward, grab a Fulton Valley Angus cheeseburger at Patterson’s Pub, the live-music joint on Lansing Street that boasts $5 local-brewed pints of Blue Star and Poleeko Gold. Cap off the evening with a private soak in the outdoor hot tubs at Sweetwater Spa ($20/hour).

Published on Nov 5, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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