Find your Happy Valentine

Mar Vista Couple
Mar Vista Couple
No Valentine's Day plans? Check out our suggestions for a Mendo getaway!

With Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, it's time to start thinking beyond the ubiquitous bunch of flowers and box of chocolates! We've got some great ideas for wowing the love of your life and creating special memories for the future. Follow us on our V-Day tour of Mendocino County!

Relax with Champagne…

But not the stuff you drink… we mean the “Champagne Baths”! Tucked into the hills east of Ukiah is Vichy Springs Resort, a unique 160-year old historic hot springs resort. Set on over 700 acres replete with hiking trails and a waterfall,Vichy Springs is the perfect spot to relax in the warm, carbonated waters that bubble up from six miles below the earth's surface. Soak in the stone tubs, indoors or under the stars at night, to emerge refreshed and revived. Stay overnight in one of the creekside or mountain view rooms.

For dinner, head into Ukiah where dining options include Patrona, Chop Chop, Saucy, and Crush. Feeling lazy after a soak? Then give a call to Oco Time for sushi delivered to your door.

Vichy Springs Bridge
Vichy Springs Bridge

V-Day Getaway

Enjoy a scenic Valentine’s Day cocktail hour ride aboard the legendary Skunk Train, featuring signature “Cupid’s Arrow” cocktails and a scrumptious selection of savory and sweet bite-sized treats. Trains leave from Fort Bragg and Willits. Take Reeves Canyon Road off the Inspiration Highway (Hwy 101) in Redwood Valley and head west to your lodging at spectacular Leonard Lake Reserve. Paddle across the private lake and hike the trails on 4,000 acres of woodland and redwood forest. Stock up for your lake adventure at Westside Renaissance Market, Barra of Mendocino, and Testa Ranch.

Enjoy “A Taste of Redwood Valley” on February 10!

Leonard Lake
Leonard Lake ©Sabine Scherer

Count Your Chickens!

Make a beeline to Mendocino's south coast for an out-of-the-ordinary trip for two. If the rain's falling and the wind's blowing, you'll be glad you're cozied up in one of the cottages at Mar Vista where your companions are the chickens, goats and other assorted critters that call this stunning place home. Explore the rugged Point Arena-Stornetta Lands with Unbeaten Path Tours‘ Margaret Lindgren, the source of all knowledge about this incredible area. Forget the Stairmaster and climb to the of the Point Arena Light for views to Hawaii (just kidding!).

Craving something sweet? Stop in at Franny's Cup & Saucer for some of the best macarons we've tasted!

Mar Vista Swing
Mar Vista Swing

Uniquely Mendocino

If you're looking for a unique place stay in Mendocino County, look no further! Whether it's a cozy Victorian B&B, retro chic cabin, or an over-the-top inn, there are plenty of choices to fit your fantasy. At Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse, you'll be wowed by the comfortable feather beds and Jo's famous breakfast in bed! The Andiron in Little River hearkens back to a simpler time with cabins filled with nostalgic games, kitschy vintage furnishings and a charming atmosphere. Feeling particularly flush? Then the Brewery Gulch Inn has the ultimate luxury package for just 10 large! If you crave a hot tub with a view, the Inn at Newport Ranch is the place for you. Stay in the Redwood House among the big trees and drink in the 360-degree views from the tub perched atop the main building.

Stay tuned for the re-opening of the Harbor House in Elk!

Serenity Cottage
Serenity Cottage ©Jay Graham

A is for Apple and Anderson Valley

Indulge your farm fantasy and stay in one of the comfy cabins that dot the heirloom apple orchards at the Philo Apple Farm, in the heart of Anderson Valley just east of majestic Hendy Woods. Sign up for a Stay & Cook weekend or just stay and enjoy. Dogs (and their humans) are free to roam the 500 acres at The Other Place, a quartet of Fido-friendly quarters nestled among the oaks above Boonville. Or indulge at The Madrones, a former radio repair shop transformed into a stunning Mediterranean-style villa surrounded by English gardens full of roses, exotic doves and tranquility.

Splurge on an amazing dinner with Chef Janelle Weaver at The Bewildered Pig, or at the petite Stone & Embers.

The Apple Farm ©Jesse Narducci
The Apple Farm ©Jesse Narducci