Mendocino CA: Heritage House Resort + Travel Guide
Mendocino is your quintessential tour of Northern California in one trip. Just two hours from SFO you will exit onto highway 128 and drive for a little over an hour to a slew of famous wineries; Roederer Estate Winery, Goldeneye Estate, Navarro Vineyards, Toulouse Winery and many more! Once you’ve sampled through a safe amount of Anderson Valley wineries, you jump back on the 128 and head towards the town of Mendocino ! Just ten minutes before the actual town of Mendocino, the Heritage House Resort sits nestled onto the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean !
We absolutely loved the Heritage House Resort. We found a deal through social media and decided to give it a try. I love a clean, luxurious room and this was exactly that! It had a separate sitting area with fireplace and ocean views. The bathrooms had jack and jill sinks and a large jacuzzi tub (only a select amount of rooms have tubs!). It was definitely worth the upgrade, I took at least 3 baths ! Haha! The best part about the Heritage House Resort is the pet policy, they are pet friendly and even allow pets into the lower level of their restaurant. Walking trails line the property, providing endless pet friendly excursions! The entire town of Mendocino is really dog friendly, even art studios and restaurants ! We were pleasantly surprised.
We headed to the famous MacCallum House in downtown Mendocino for dinner. They were packed to the brim and we were lucky to find a quick seat at the bar. I’d highly encourage reservations ! They have a full bar and the menu is really inspired. I had a total American meal of friend chicken, corn bread, coleslaw etc. It was a chicken breast so that was lovely because - no bones! My husband has a delicious creamy gnocchi dish ! We LOVED the food and ambiance too !
This was our onsite restaurant and between room service dinners and breakfast there, we absolutely loved it all! When we arrived on Friday, we both looked at each other and were like, soo dinner? We love when we both figure out we are on the same lazy page lol. Room service was ordered, the fire was lit and we listened to the waves crash, it was amazing ! Highlights were definitely my eggs Benedict for breakfast, bloody Mary’s and who doesn’t love a guilt filled chicken tender room service session? Hahahahaha. I know I do!
We actually didn’t visit this time, but during one of our other Mendocino visits we happened upon Wild Fish for a special dinner! The seafood options were out of this world, completely fresh, caught that same day off the coast. We had an entire dungeoness crab served over fresh pasta, mussels and filet of sole... it was dreamy ! We loved every bite and almost went this time, but tried to be good and try a new spot !
This is a great lunch spot on your way into town and or the way out of town! They are a tasting room that serves very elevated bites and snack packs from products they grow and produce from the the Farm! They are open 11 am to 4 pm daily and have other special events you should check out, including their Supper Club and Sunday Brunches!
Located in Anderson Valley and one of the first stops as you enter the valley, this iconic Pinot Noir producer is no stranger to the wine game ! Goldeneye Winery is sister winery to Duckhorn Winery, which is basically Napa royalty ! The best part about visiting goldeneye, besides the delicious Pinot noir and Chardonnay, their Winemaker Mike Accurso, is from Napa and an acquaintance of mine ! We loved sitting outside on their picnic benches staring at the vineyards and mountainside! Highly recommend checking them out!
This was our favorite spot this trip, the gals hosting were so fun, informative and welcoming ! Toulouse is a vineyard estate that produces gorgeous Pinot noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and a Merlot from neighboring Redwood Valley AVA if I remember correctly.
This is such a classic stop on your way into Mendocino. On one of our first trips I had no idea it was even located in Anderson Valley and was SO pleasantly surprised! We have now made it our goal to visit each time we go to Mendocino so we can stock up on delicious bubbles. They focus on sparkling wines and in my opinion they make some of the best out there! They have a gorgeous patio area to hang out outside and take in their views (they are stunning) and they are dog friendly....so basically the best winery EVER! I highly suggest a visit and you're welcome in advance!
The GOLD standard of Anderson Valley, Navarro Vineyards produces 10+ wines and they are all really generously priced at less than $40 per bottle (with the exception of one of their Pinot Noir's which retails at $55). They focus on Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, Muscat Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon etc.....they are probably most well known for their late harvest Gewürztraminer and or non late harvest version of the same varietal. I remember a date I was on with someone in a group setting at a local restaurant back almost 11+ years ago and a colleague sent over a bottle of Navarro Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, I was blown away by their generosity and I still am.... thank you to that friend for introducing to me a lovely brand that continues to make amazing wines !