Jump on the Skunk Train in Historical Fort Bragg

Skunk Train’s Engine No. 65 travels through the redwoods

Skunk Train’s Engine No. 65 travels through the redwoods

You’ve heard of “real food” and “real simple,” but to get to what I call a “real town,” try Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. To discover the roots of this lumbering town, we boarded the Skunk Train with families and wide-eyed kids and time traveled back to Fort Bragg’s logging days, when the gold of this coast came from magnificent stands of redwood. The Skunk Train clickety-clacks 21 miles along the Noyo River through tunnels and mostly second-growth redwoods into the history of the days when lumberjacks were kings of the redwood forests.

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The New Heritage House Resort

Heritage House’s main entrance was built in 1877

Heritage House’s main entrance was built in 1877

A soap opera litany of woes closed historic Heritage House Resort for five years. Now, fans of Mendocino’s former favorite destination are anxious to see the reopening of this magical setting—where many of us were lured by the romantic 1978 movie “Same Time Next Year,” in which the very married CPA, Alan Alda, had a yearly tryst with the very married housewife, Ellen Burstyn.

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Explore the Beauty of Mendocino

Mendocino’s rugged coast

Mendocino’s rugged coast

On a gorgeous day, driving to Mendocino, California, is a dream. Wind through the verdant Anderson Valley wine region and the Navarro River Redwoods State Park to Highway 1. Hit the rugged coast and it's stunning—the crashing waves against the rocks, lush vegetation, and the village of Mendocino sitting high on a bluff.

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In Search of Bubbly in Anderson Valley

Champagne makes the heart glad

A love of California sparkling wine has inspired a visit to Anderson Valley, one of Northern California's smaller wine regions. This bucolic setting is home to 20 wineries in Mendocino County. As I drive along winding roads through arid terracotta-colored hillsides, it is a delight to descend into the valley with vineyards, orchards and farms. The cooler air and breezes from the nearby coast are a relief.

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