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From trains to trees, from antelope to zebra and beaches to wine, here are our top picks among so many wonderful things to see and do in Mendocino County. #bbryanpreserve #bowlingballbeach #cityof10000buddhas

From trains to trees, from antelope to zebra and beaches to wine, here are our top picks among so many wonderful things to see and do in Mendocino County.

Lake Mendocino The Shakota trail is a three mile (round trip six miles) mostly shaded walk that follows the western shore of the lake. Access the northern end of the trail by taking the Lake Mendocino exit off Hwy 20 east. Drive through the Kyen campground to the Pomo Cultural Center, where the...

While there are several great well-known trails in Mendocino County, these off-the beaten-path and secret hikes are waiting for you to discover.

Walk or bike along St. Helena’s charming Main Street, served by two Vine Transit routes, to savor wineries and restaurants.  From San Francisco on weekdays, take BART to El Cerrito del Norte ($4.30, 33 minutes), then catch Vine Transit’s express Route 29 to St. Helena ($5.50, two hours).  On weekends, take the hour-long ferry to Vallejo ($13.40 one way), then Vine’s Route 11 bus to Napa; transfer to Route 10 to St. Helena ($1.60 and 60-70 minutes each).  The express bus stops just across…

3 for the road: St. Helena, San Martin, Mendocino County

Thanks to winter rainfall, the water level is high at Lake Mendocino near Ukiah in Mendocino County.

While there are several great well-known trails in Mendocino County, these off-the beaten-path and secret hikes are waiting for you to discover.

The historic 115-foot lighthouse tower at Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County sits on a spit of land jutting two miles into the ocean. It’s also one of the few lighthouses you can climb to the top of for a brilliant balcony panorama of the Pacific Coast. Daytime visitors come and go, but for a truly magical experience surrounded by the sea, spend the night here! Point Arena has six ocean-facing cottages.

Overnight Cottage at Point Arena Lighthouse Mendocino Coast

Lake County wines make a name for themselves. Christopher Christensen, winemaker and owner of Bodkin Wines, poses for a portrait at Sand Bend Vineyards in Upper Lake. Photo: Ramin Rahimian, Special To The Chronicle

Lake County wines make a name for themselves

Lake County wines make a name for themselves. Christopher Christensen, winemaker and owner of Bodkin Wines, poses for a portrait at Sand Bend Vineyards in Upper Lake. Photo: Ramin Rahimian, Special To The Chronicle

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