by Sandy Zimmerman (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
When you drive along the private road, the Brewery Gulch Inn beckons you with calming surroundings, a place to take nature trails around the Inn, stop at their water tower and brook. The atmosphere changes to concentrate on the beauty of nature.
You will find romantic benches for two at the brook and hidden near the front of the Inn.
Guy Percurer, Brewery Gulch Inn Proprietor, explained, “Guests take whale watching trips or may even see whales from their rooms and the Inn’s Great Room.
Try salmon fishing, kayaking in and out of sea coves, traditional kayaking, canoeing and hikes to waterfalls.
Visitors can experience horseback riding along 10 miles of beach.
There are 30 nearby wineries with small tasting rooms where you can meet the owners.
Guy discussed the history of the Mendocino area, “There were two beginnings of Mendocino, the first during their logging industry boom in 1800 which settled the area. All of the wood used to rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake was from the Mendocino area.
The second boom began when artists moved into Mendocino in the ‘50’s and is now huge for the arts. We have live theater, the Mendocino Arts Center and lots of artists.”
The Redwood trees stand out. I drove through the famous Redwood forest just 30 miles east of Mendocino, Montgomery Woods, where visitors can see some of the largest redwoods in world. The Avenue of Giants, just two hours away, with trees so big a car can drive through the center. These are thousands of years old.
Some interesting attractions include Cabot Cove, the setting for Angela Lansbury’s “Murder She Wrote” is actually Mendocino. The Skunk Train travels through 40 miles of history, Glass Beach covered with sea glass and much more.
Check when the Mendocino, Little River and Fort Bragg festivals are scheduled to add to your fun.
Whether you wish a vacation for two or the whole family, call 707-937-4752. The Brewery Gulch, 9401 North Highway 1, the coastal highway, Mendocino, California. www.BreweryGulchInn.com
Flights from Las Vegas to Santa Rosa are the closest way to bring visitors to see some of the most beautiful sections of northern California.
At the Santa Rosa Airport, the Sixt Car Rental has a unique Mercedes Smart Car-for-two, with a choice of electric or gas cars. I was amazed away from the big cities, Sixt offers luxury and economical cars. For information, call 1-707-523-1676. Sixt of Santa Rosa Sonoma County Airport, 2200 Airport Boulevard, Santa Rosa, California. www.sixtcarrentals.com
Flying from Las Vegas to San Francisco or Oakland (1-1/2 hours) take the Airport Express, Inc., shuttle (every hour) for a quick relaxing trip to the Santa Rosa Airport (special rates for seniors). For rates, call 707-837-8700. www.airportexpressinc.com
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