Mendocino: A Wild and Sophisticated Weekend
The picturesque seaside village may look like a movie set (indeed, the TV series "Murder She Wrote" and such films as "Same Time Next Year" were filmed here), but its allure runs deep and wide. There's fine and funky dining, beach combing, hiking, abalone diving, a population of artists and crafts people, and a calendar full of food and wine festivals. And the drive from San Francisco takes you through the Anderson Valley and its countless opportunities for tasting superb North Coast varietals.

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I Could Live by Bread Alone

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Anytime we get anywhere near Mendocino, we have to stop at the Brickery, the stand-alone bakery behind the renowned Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. This is where the breads are baked for the restaurant, but the bakers also sell retail right out the window. Our go-to bread = Austrian Sunflower. Wow. We take loaves home and freeze them, to hold us over until the next trip. (Thawed and toasted, the way to go.) Another tip: When the Brickery's closed, walk down the passage along the west side of the restaurant and ring at the kitchen window--they will sell you loaves from their stash as available!

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Anytime we get anywhere near Mendocino, we have to stop at the Brickery, the stand-alone bakery behind the renowned Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. This is where the breads are baked for the restaurant, but the bakers also sell retail right out the window. Our go-to bread = Austrian Sunflower. Wow. We take loaves home and freeze them, to hold us over until the next...

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Anytime we get anywhere near Mendocino, we have to stop at the Brickery, the stand-alone bakery behind the renowned Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. This is where the breads are baked for the restaurant, but the bakers also sell retail right out the window. Our go-to bread = Austrian Sunflower. Wow. We take loaves home and freeze them, to hold us over until the next trip. (Thawed and toasted, the way to go.) Another tip: When the Brickery's closed, walk down the passage along the west side of the restaurant and ring at the kitchen window--they will sell you loaves from their stash as available!

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