Wine tasting in Anderson Valley, (north coast Ca) was very nice! No huge crowds like in Napa. Beautiful country, a little out of the way but well worth it. We went in March and stayed in Fort Bragg during the Whale Festival, where they have Beer Tasting, Chowder Tasting and all kinds of fun things to do & see.
Once in Anderson Valley we first stopped at Brutocao Cellars, then on to Navarro Vineyards where a deck overlooks the vineyards, a beautiful setting for lunch or a snack. Standish Wine Company was next, a new company with old history and great wines. Next stop was Husch Vineyards the tasting room is in a cute old building. Husch has a great collection of wines, I liked it so much I joined their wine club! Our last stop was Handley Cellars another beautiful vineyard with great tasting wines. All of the vineyards we stopped at had wonderful wines, I went home well stocked!
Fort Bragg is about 30 mins up the coast and has very reasonable accommodations. We were with a group and stayed at the Seabird Lodge. The Seabird Lodge is a very reasonable, “no frills”, place to stay.
One of my favorite places to stay is the Harbor Lite Lodge. Ask for a room on the river side, those rooms have balcony’s with views of the river & ocean. It is right on the Noyo River and you can walk down to the harbor where there are some really great restaurants.
Warning: Fort Bragg is a down-to-earth old fishing town, if you are looking for upscale, 5 star accommodations, meals and shopping, go to Mendocino. I happen to like Fort Bragg over Mendocino, but then again I am pretty down to earth.[ad#ad-2]