The many wineries clustered in and around Ukiah, Hopland, and Redwood Valley embody the spirit of Mendocino County winemakers – friendly, mostly-family owned, and filled with passion for their craft. Home to the first wineries in Mendocino County the Russian River Valleys have a long history of making handcrafted, award-winning wines. This region features well known regional wine tasting events such as a Taste of Redwood Valley and the Hopland Passport.
The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California, is an art, history and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936). Changing interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs feature Western American art, California Indian cultures, histories of California's diverse North Coast region, and the work of contemporary regional artists.
The Solar Living Center, which serves as the headquarters for the non-profit Solar Living Institute, is a world-famous demonstration site for renewable energy, alternative fuels, green building, permaculture, and sustainable living technologies. Open seven days a week and 362 days per year, Solar Living offers educational exhibits for the whole family and hands-on green courses and workshops.
One of the first Chinese Zen Buddhist temples in the United States and one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere is located just about 2 miles East of Ukiah. The site houses the popular Jyun Kang vegan restaurant as well as the Darma Realm Buddhist University and the beautiful jeweled Hall of 10,000 Buddhas. Visitors, please sign-in or register at the main administration office which opens daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors generally arrive through Santa Rosa into Mendocino County’s incredibly fertile and spectacularly beautiful inland, along the Russian and Eel Rivers.
These inland valleys are home to many of the County’s famous award-winning, intimate and family-owned and operated wineries where wine tasting is still mostly free! While wineries and vineyards have become the dominant agricultural presence, you will also see many farms and orchards, stands of redwoods, majestic valley oaks, grazing cattle, and horses and sheep at pasture.
Dotted among the vineyards you will find the historic towns of Hopland and Ukiah. Hopland, home of the world famous Solar Living Center, is a quaint, unchanged quiet farm town surrounded by vineyards. Ukiah, the county seat, is a charming small town, filled with unique stores, galleries, restaurants and more.