This gardener's dream getaway takes place in California’s North Coast. Tucked in between the lush redwood forests that populate this area, discover sweet coastal villages, enjoy a visit to one of California’s seminal wineries, all while the dramatic Pacific coastline frames your leisurely drive.
Explore the only public garden in the continental United States that faces the Pacific Ocean! The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers alike. Manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse plant collections, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean are among the many attractions. Whale watchers can take shelter in the Cliff House to view winter and spring migrations, bird lovers will delight in the over 100 species of birds that live in or visit the Gardens each year. Open Daily. March - October: 9AM - 5PM. November - February: 9AM - 4PM. (Closed some major holidays)
Where do art and nature meet? At the Wildwood Nursery of course! A favorite stop for gardeners and Japanese maple aficionados, the nursery boasts three hundred different varieties of Japanese maples and dogwoods plus display gardens with original works of art. Discover both figurative and abstract sculptures & wall hangings by California's finest artists. The Wildwood Nursery is open from June through Labor Day. Tuesdays 9 AM to 2 PM. Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM. Closed on Mondays.
In the heart of the charming village of Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards' rich history dates back to 1825. Franciscan fathers from a nearby mission, assisted by local Native Americans, first cleared and planted land for these vineyards making them one of the oldest vineyard sites in northern California. Emigrating from Tuscany, Italy, Samuéle Sebastiani, acquired the land in 1904. Come in and enjoy one of Sonoma's most complete 'Wine sensory experiences'. Take a Historical Tour of this vineyard and a tasting of 4 reserve wines. (Must be 21 or older) Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Visitor's Center, Wine tasting and marketplace open daily, 11AM to 5PM. Closed major holidays.
Bonus Shopping Tip: Located just off Hwy. 101, Petaluma Village Premium Outlets features savings of 25% to 65% every day at 60 designer and brand name outlet stores including Banana Republic Factory Store, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Gap Outlet, Jones New York, Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue, Puma, and more! A complimentary VIP Coupon Book featuring additional discounts is offered. Open daily: Mon-Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-7 PM. Holiday hours may vary.
BONUS Tip: Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House - Picnic beneath the trees at the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House! This lovely museum houses the artifacts of the Pomo Indian of California's North Coast, showcasing the tribe's artistry in basketry. See these wonderful crafts, view historic photographs and the world's largest collection of Grace Hudson paintings. Changing exhibitions in the Museum's front gallery focus on regional art, history and anthropology. Tour the Hudson's charming 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow. The Museum gift shop offers high quality books, children's items, local crafts and t-shirts. The Museum is located at Hudson-Carpenter Park. Visit the local market beforehand and after your visit enjoy a leisurely lunch on picnic tables shaded by ancient oaks and a basketry garden featuring the plants used by Pomo Indian weavers to create their baskets. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10AM to 4:30PM, Sundays: Noon to 4:30PM. Closed Major Holidays.