What's a Skunk Train? An old steam train once famous for its odor, now renovated to take passengers comfortably over long, tall trestles and a rushing river, through a redwood forest.* In addition to that exciting half-day trip, we offer you Mendocino—a village sited on a bluff overlooking the Pacific that reminds many of New England. You can explore its art galleries and boutiques, quaint cottages, restaurants, and hiking trails...perhaps even spot a passing whale.
En route we may lunch in Boonville (a picturesque village known for "Boontling," its own "language," and its great brewery), as we wind through the Anderson Valley Wine Country (justly famous for its pinot noirs and superior champagnes…and almost unbearably beautiful! scenery). On the way back, we may have time to visit an outdoor spa for a mineral bath and massage or an early dinner at an excellent country inn. If wine's not your thing, ask us about two of the nation's best places for premium beers.
* The Skunk Train runs from Ft. Bragg and back from May to October, its modern equivalent a few weeks earlier and later.