Probably my favorite day of the week is Friday (afternoon, to be specific). The weekend hasn't even started and you're planning the perfect getaway. If you live in the SF Bay Area, then Mendocino is on the short list. SO grab your pooch and get movin!
Thirty minutes after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, cut over to Pacific Coast Highway 1 and make your way to Pt. Reyes. First stop, Cow Girl Creamery. Grab a slice of their award winning Red Hawk Triple-Cream or Inverness (see photo), a bag of crackers and a bottle of wine. There's an outside grassy area perfect to eat your snack while your dog stares at you, begging for mercy. The creamery also offer tours...definitely worth it if you have the time. If you're up for some shopping, check out the original Coyuchi store in Pt. Reyes. My wife filled the trunk with incredible deals...up to 75% off.
Do you like oysters? If yes, then you're in luck. If no, then you're still in luck, because chances are that these are better than any crap you've had in a restaurant! FRESH. FRESH. FRESH is the key, of course, with all seafood. Tomales Bay Oyster Company is just 30 minutes further up the coast. On an unbelievably clear December day (like today), you can buy a bag of fresh oysters and throw them on the grill with your friends. Picnic table and grill provided. Hog Island Oyster Co. is another option...just a bit more shishi. But if you're in the mood for a quick taste without all the hassle then stop by at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, 6 grilled oysters for 8.95. You'll also see many little oyster road stops further up the way...just as good.
Buckle up and continue cruising Pacific Coast Highway all the way until you reach Mendocino. Be sure to enjoy the awesome views of craggy cliffs, open ocean and scenic farm land. Since we were traveling without JoJo (she's having her own vacation) we decided to stay at the Brewery Gulch Inn (pets NOT allowed...I know this is a dog blog). But man o man, this place is worth it! This was our first time at Brewery Gulch Inn and it lived up to our expectations. Each evening they host a light dinner, complimentary beer and wine, served in their cozy living room. A fantastic wood burning fireplace sets the mood. In the morning, don't miss the complimentary breakfast with "millionaire bacon"! The food is top notch.
Finally, don't forget to check out downtown Mendocino and Fort Bragg. But on your way back to San Francisco, make a stop at The Anderson Valley Brewing Co. in Boonville. Find a designated driver and throw down some tasty samples of ABV beer.
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