We’ve had the perfect weather for mushrooms lately; a few rainy days followed by the sunlight which coaxes them out from their underground world. Soon the Mendocino Wine and Mushroom Fest will be in full swing from November 6 -16, and Fort Bragg features a number of seasonal events and specials to honor two of our local treasures. Check out these mushroom and wine themed events, dining options, lodging specials and other seasonal perks.
If you want to learn about mushroom ID and harvesting, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens have abundant opportunities: Mushroom ID for Beginners (Nov.7), a Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop (Nov.8), Mushroom ID for Kids (Nov.15) and Mushroom Walks every Monday through the winter, while the mushrooms last. Visit their website for more info.
Mushroom Paddle Enjoy an afternoon meander on the Noyo River paddling a comfortable touring kayak and admiring and identifying wild mushrooms.This is a 3 hour guided kayak tour. No experience necessary and all kayak equipment is provided including waterproof splashwear. Departs from Dolphin Isle. Tours leave Nov. 7 & 8 at 1pm, and Nov. 14 & 15 at 10 am. $75 per person. Reservations are required and tours run rain or shine.
For more information visit http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com or call (707) 962-1623.
It will be hard to choose a place to eat, with all the special dining options…
Mendo Bistro From Nov-Dec, featuring a three-course mushroom themed meal which includes appetizer, entree and dessert for $35 per person. Call (707)964-4974.
Rendezvous Restaurant Take a walk on the wild side. Oct-Jan, offering a 3-course tasting menu of local mushrooms and local wines – includes soup, entree and chocolate truffles. $50/person or $75 with wine pairing. 800-491-8142
Living Light Cafe Nov. 6-15, Featuring two delicious vegan specialties all week: Creamy Mushroom Soup with potatoes and leeks and Pine nut and Herb Stuffed mushrooms. Call (707)964-2420. www.rawfoodchef.com
Cliff House Restaurant Serving many mushroom entrees including Lobster Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, a Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms in a Demi-Glaze Sauce and much more. (707)961-0255
Magic Mushroom Hors d’oeuvres and Cooking Demonstration (Nov. 12) Enjoy a delicious selection of wild mushroom appetizers accompanied by local Mendocino County wines. Join us at the Beachcomber Motel’s Captain’s Deck, and enjoy one of the best views in town at sunset. 4-6:30 pm. $10/person or $15/couple. Call (800)400-SURF for more info or reservations.
Rendezvous Restaurant For the upcoming Mendocino Wine and Mushroom Fest, the Rendezvous Restaurant will present a winemakers dinner featuring micro-producer Cole Bailey Vineyards’ proprietor Bob Anderson from Redwood Valley. The dinner will be at 6:30 on Saturday, November 7. The four-course meal, including wine, will be $87.50, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 707-964-8142. The menu is posted at www.rendezvousinn.com/WMkr091107.php As always, during mushroom season, we will be offering our “Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” tasting menu featuring four mushroom courses paired with local wines. Information is available on our website: www.rendezvousinn.com
Ride the Skunk in Search of Mushrooms Climb aboard the famed Skunk Train in Fort Bragg and snake your way into mushroom country. You will be treated to local wine and cuisine featuring mushrooms. Arriving at Northspur, you will have an opportunity to walk around the forest and speak with a resident mushroom expert. All aboard at 10am. Call (866)45-SKUNK
North Coast Brewing Company Fall Specials: Taco Tuesdays – $1 tacos in the taproom only while supplies last, Wild Wine Wednesdays – Every bottle of wine is 40% off and Pint Night Thursdays – Tap room only- $3.75 first pint of our featured beer and free souvenir glass, $3.00 each pint after. Super Steak Sundays – $7.00 off any regular menu steak. (707)964-3400
“Mushroom Madness Special” at the Beachcomber Motel. Enjoy two nights for the price of one for the whole month of Novemberto celebrate the Wine & Mushroom Festival! (Excludes weekends and holidays). (800)400-SURF
Historic Old Coast Hotel – Wine & Mushroom Festival Special: All Rooms are $135.00 for patrons of the Wine and Mushroom Festival November 6th thru 15th. You will be entitled to stay in one of our nicest rooms available. Each room has delightful character all its own with brass beds, old-world lighting fixtures, and cozy quilts. Call us at (707) 961-4488
North Cliff Hotel & Cliff House Restaurant Special dinner and lodging package starting at $169, Sunday-Friday nights and $199 for Sat. (707)962-2500
Shoreline Cottages Two seasonal Specials! Stay 2 nights, get 1 free (Sun – Thurs only) or 15 % of a stay of 2 or more nights. 800.930.2977 www.shoreline-cottage.com
Coast Inn & Spa Offering Seasonal Special Rate of 20% off on rooms, or 2 night stay with Free Far-Infared Sauna or 3rd night Free during Wine & Mushroom Festival. www.coastinnspa.com Phone: 707 964-2852
Colombi Motel Beginning November 1st room rates for a full size kitchenette with double occupancy are as low as $45.00 plus tax on the weekdays and $50.00 plus tax on the weekends. Cable television. For the traveler’s convenience we are located next to a Laundromat, Mexican restaurant and a small grocery store with a deli. Free WIFI is also available. If you would like more information please call (707) 964-5773.
Other Seasonal Specials…
Coast Natural Healing Center Offering a Seasonal Special Rates during Wine & Mushroom Festival
20% off on Spa Packages. 10% off Massage for one person. 15% of Massage for two people.
Fort Bragg Feed and Pet is sponsoring this year’s “Your Pet’s Photo With Santa!” for S.O.S. (Support Our Shelter) on Saturday, Nov. 14th. This popular event is always a fun way to help homeless animals, and you get a priceless keepsake to use as a holiday card or gift. Phone 964-FEED for more information.
Posh Pauper is having a Pre-Holiday Sale! November 13th & 14th 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Annual Gifts, Huge Discounts!, Hors d’oeuvres & Door Prizes. 145 East Fir Street @ Franklin 707-964-7781
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For a full listing of county-wide Wine & Mushroom Festival events, visit GoMendo.