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Pass through the Gate of Three Arches to find pagodas and roaming peacocks as you enter one of the nation’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Join the 10:30 a.m. service inside the elaborate Jeweled Hall to gaze at 10,000 golden Buddhas while monks chant in the background. Sample the house-made satay at the on-site vegetarian restaurant before you hit the road. 2001 Talmage Rd., Ukiah
This 700-acre facility boasts the country’s only warm and naturally carbonated mineral baths. Buy a day pass ($30 for two hours) and continue your Zen. 2605 Vichy Springs Rd., Ukiah
Blink and you might miss the minuscule town of Boonville. Stretch your legs with a walk down the main drag. Peruse the new and vintage wares at Farmhouse Mercantile with a Mexican-chocolate scoop in hand from the colorfully adorned organic creamery Paysanne. Both at 14111 Hwy. 128, Boonville
Photo by Joyrides of America
For no-frills traditional French fare, reserve a spot (tables must be booked well in advance) at the famed Coq Au Vin in Philo. Order escargot and the sinfully rich boeuf bourguignon with a glass of house wine and prepare to lick your plate. 1810 Hwy. 128, Philo; 707-895-9255
Call it a night at this charming nine-room boutique inn. Ask for a room in the recently refinished guesthouse, which is decked out in modern furnishings with quirky touches (like a large framed painting of an exotic bird). 9000 Hwy. 128, Philo
Bonus: The on-site Stone & Embers cooks up citified food in the country (think the best cauliflower soup you’ve ever tasted), thanks to Gary Danko-trained chef Patrick Meany. The restaurant reopens in February after a winter break. 9000 Hwy. 128, Philo
Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir country. Grab a seat on the back patio at Goldeneye so you can sip their 2011 Confluence Pinot Noir and soak in the view of manicured gardens. Then hop across the street to Lichen’s tiny tasting room, housed in the dining area of a quaint country cabin, for a lesson in experimentation. Head west on 128 to the winery at Phillips Hill, which used to be an apple orchard. Cap it all off with a coupe of some fine French bubbly at the historic wood-clad Roederer Estate.
YOU?VE MADE IT, AND YOU?RE JUST IN TIME FOR CRABS. Winter on the West Coast means Dungeness season, and Mendocino is the place to be. The annual Crab, Wine and Beer Festival (January 16 to 25) offers everything crustacean, from crabbing trips and cioppino dinners to crab-cake cook-offs and wine-pairing sessions.
We’ve all seen the breathtaking photos of Mendocino’s craggy bluffs and rugged coastline. But sometimes travel is as much about the journey as it is the destination.
Two hours north of San Francisco, Interstate 101 transforms from busy freeway to a beautiful stretch known as Inspiration Highway. With green pastures, miles of vines and a backdrop of redwoods, the pavement is begging for a weekend road trip. So we’ve plotted the ultimate one. Our path winds north from Cloverdale up to Ukiah, and then takes you west through Anderson Valley’s wine country on Highway 128, eventually dropping you at your coastal destination of Mendocino.
Check out our slideshow for the top stops along the way.
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