For the next part of our trip we were to head north, eventually ending in Seattle. The first leg, Sonoma to Mendocino was about 120 miles.
After a stop in Healdsburg for coffee, we drove on to Anderson Valley Brewing Co, just south of Boonville. A couple of beers were sampled and entertainment was provided by a chocolate Labrador who thought he could play fetch with tiny pieces of bark from a pot plant.
Boonville is a few shops along the highway. Some abandoned buildings but then some quite contemporary shops like Farmhouse Mercantile. We had lunch at Lauren’s.
Further north we sampled some wine at Navarro’s – Anderson Valley is another good wine area. Finally the road hit the coast and we joined State Route 1 that runs along most of the Californian coast.
Mendocino, a town of B&Bs and water towers, was looking very beautiful thanks to the flowering cottage gardens. The wooden water towers are either still in use or have been converted into decks or rooms. The fog rolled in just as we arrived so we didn’t get much of a view of the coast from here.