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Which Wireless Firms Are Doing Well?

The study is out for the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Vol. 1.

As the release linked above describes, this study measures network quality experienced by customers with wireless phones and network performance of tablets and mobile broadband devices. It’s based on responses from 32,159 wireless customers and was fielded from July through December 2018. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West.

The metric used is quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality, and data quality in each region. Simply put, the lower the number, the fewer problems customers experienced by customers and the better the overall experience is.

The release notes that wireless network problems are rising among customers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central regions, but that problems have decreased in the Southeast region.

As for what carrier is doing the best overall, Verizon is the clear leader. It ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, achieving the lowest network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality and data quality in each region. T-Mobile ties Verizon in data quality in the Northeast region.

You can find specific charts for each region in the study.

Here’s the link to last year’s release if you’d like to compare.

GODSPEED – THE RACE ACROSS AMERICA

Comes to Theaters on May 22

This true story features Jerry Schemmel, a Major League Baseball sports announcer and survivor of the United DC-10 crash of 1989 (Sioux City, Iowa); and Brad Cooper, USA Triathlon All-American, 11-time Ironman finisher and co-founder / CEO of US Corporate Wellness/Catalyst Coaching Institute, as they fulfil their dreams to compete in the world’s most grueling and demanding bicycle race. The trek chronicles the two endurance athletes through 12 states — from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.

 

·         GODSPEED – THE RACE ACROSS AMERICA, the documentary chronicles this first-time racing duo as they compete 24 hours a day covering miles of deserts, mountains and plains, to overcome physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

·         Schemmel and Cooper embark on the journey of a lifetime — a race testing extreme physical endurance and dependence on faith, all for the greater purpose, and personal calling to help raise more than $50,000 for the orphans of Haiti via “Building Hope International.”

·         GODSPEED – THE RACE ACROSS AMERICA is executive produced by 30-year Hollywood & TV veteran Brian Bird, whose credits include executive producer/head writer for Hallmark’s original series, “When Calls the Heart”; co-executive producer/senior writer on the hit CBS series, “Touched By An Angel,” and producer/writer for feature films such as “Captive,” “The Case For Christ” and “The Ultimate Life.”

BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA

From bourbon & barbeque to grape stomps and lavender harvest, BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA announces its Annual Line Up Of Edibles, Events & Culinary AdventureS

 

No culinary stoned unturned in this annual lineup, which spans a salute to the Lodge’s annual lavender harvest to an evening of sheer decadence focused on the world’s top treasures. Back by popular demand, chef Cal Stamenov’s 4th Annual Craftsmen Exchange (October 27) delivers a culinary cache of local artisans, cheese mongers and fungi foragers for a convivial afternoon. 

 

EPICUREAN PLAYGROUND

Carmel Valley is a unique microclimate delivering optimum conditions for growing grapes, lavender, fruit and a litany of obscure herbs and vegetables. Tucked into 28 fragrant acres of lavender, olive orchards and vineyards with sweeping Santa Lucia Range views, Bernardus Lodge & Spa savors the seasons with an enviable larder of on-property organic gardens paired with a back pocket of foragers, farmers and fishermen answering chef Cal’s call. Just 10 miles inland from the Pacific, the lodge features 73 luxurious guestrooms, including the 2016 debut of 14 exclusive guest suites and villas crafted from the ground up. Key perks include the award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, guestrooms with alfresco rain showers, butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, the 5,200 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus and a three-to-one staff ratio.

 

2018 EVENTS

Exhibition Kitchen Dinner: 2nd Annual Chicken & Brisket

Thursday, March 8, 2018

6:30 pm

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Back by popular demand, this festive event begins with a welcome reception on the Harvest Terrace with live music and Southern inspired specialty cocktails hosted by Lost Spirits. Then step into the Harvest Room Exhibition Kitchen by Sub-Zero and Wolf as Chef Cal takes a spin on comfort food with smoked Wagyu brisket and organic fried chicken showcased in three distinct styles paired with select wines from the award-winning cellar. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

 

Spring Equinox at The Spa

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

Renewal is on tap at the luxurious 5,300 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus. Choose from an array of seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with our complimentary Spring Equinox activities including restorative yoga, Bernardus wine tasting and soap making demonstration. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Spring Solstice events.

 

Bourbon & Barbeque

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$55 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Move over California red and make way for Kentucky Gold! Enjoy a spirited afternoon with select small bites, smoked treats, sweet and savory chicken waffles and chef Cal’s signature smooth culinary moves paired with a single-barrel, rye and small batch bourbons from an eclectic line up of producers across the United States. 

 

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 1, 2018

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children 5-12 years old $35, plus tax & gratuity

Tap off steam with a Children’s’ Ester Egg Hunt (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) backed with a culinary cornucopia of spring’s best. The traditional grand brunch includes grilled organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and sinful fresh fruit tarts, the majority of ingredients culled from chef Cal’s organic on-site gardens.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2018

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children ages 5-12 $35, plus tax & gratuity

Celebrate mom in all her glory with an afternoon at the Lodge, backed with stunning brunch buffet prepared by Chef Cal and his culinary team.   Highlights include a sushi and seafood bar, local organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and traditional brunch desserts. Accented by a classical harpist, the atmosphere will pamper the entire family with an afternoon of world-class service and cuisine.

 

Memorial Day Barbeque

Monday, May 28, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Fire up the barbeque for a day of play in sun-drenched Carmel Valley. Enjoy live music at Lucia Restaurant & Bar paired with a lip smacking barbeque featuring free range chicken, natural Angus beef, smoked Caggiano sausages, country potato salad, organic green salad and the ultimate American sidekick, corn-on-the-cob.

 

Father’s Day Barbeque, Beer & Bocce

Sunday, June 17, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Ah, bocce with a bourbon in hand, what more could dad ask. Settle in for an afternoon of family activities served with a side of delicious barbeque. The summer alfresco celebration includes savory free range chicken, natural Angus beef burgers, artisan sausage and plenty of garden greens from chef Cal’s organic garden.

 

Summer Solstice at The Spa

Tuesday, June 21, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

The longest day of the year symbolically fires up passions and heats up hearts to the potential of life that abounds. Choose from our array of new seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and extend the spa day with complimentary Summer Solstice activities including a guided hike through Garland Ranch, tarot card readings and poolside Bernardus wine tasting. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Summer Solstice events.

 

4th of July

Tuesday, July 4, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off Menu

Embrace America’s independence with live music and Lucia’s Restaurant & Bar’s alfresco setting complete with zenith-of-summer dishes and artisan cocktails inspired by our country’s biggest break up. Sunshine, bocce and a bust-out line up of luncheon treats await.

 

Chef Cal’s Summer Garden Tour

Every Saturday Memorial Day weekend through August (excluding August 25)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary to Lodge Guests

Bees, beets and Brussel sprouts, oh my! Join chef Cal and garden guru Mark Marino for an informative walk through the Lodge’s three-acre organic herb, flower and vegetable gardens – as well as a visit to Bernardus’ legendary Italian honey bee.   This heady experience is certain to pique palates as many of the day’s pick are showcased on Lucia Restaurant’s daily menu.

 

Lavender Harvest Celebration

Saturday, July 14, 2018

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$105 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Tucked throughout the Lodge’s 28-acres of lush olive trees, rosemary and rose gardens lie more than 1,000 lavender plants in full bloom. Provence in Carmel, this event is certain to please anyone who loves the scent of lavender. Glass of rosé in hand, stroll Chef Cal’s abundant organic garden and lavender beds with horticulturist Mark Marino; experience the new informative bee talk and honey tasting and slide into a unique grand lavender inspired buffet lunch with ingredients culled from our garden and vineyard. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Rose Soiree

Saturday, July 28, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s rose all day as Bernardus Lodge raises a rosy-hued glass to summer’s favorite buzz. Set in the blossoming Rose Garden, this is the event for flowing dress wear and big brimmed hats. Sip and saunter with a selection of rose wines, canapes, a seafood bar and seasonal fresh desserts.

 

Heirloom Tomato Lunch

Saturday, September 2, 2018

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$115 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s tomato time in Carmel Valley as Chef Cal celebrates the grand fruit in a variety for formats this fall. Sip a Bloody Mary while shucking oysters alongside local farmers Dick and Bonnie Swank of Swank Farms as they guide guests through over multiple varieties of their certified organic heirloom tomatoes. After an alfresco reception, step into Lucia Restaurant for a garden inspired lunch buffet featuring Tomato Ratatouille, Carmel Valley gazpacho, roasted free range Sonoma chicken and natural prime beef. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Labor Day

Monday, September 3, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off menu

The rustic ranch-chic design of Lucia Restaurant & Bar blends with a sunny Carmel Valley vibe with alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and vineyard views. Enjoy live music, dishes highlighting the start of fall while our cocktail artisans serve up autumn inspired specialty hand-crafted cocktails.

 

Autumn Equinox at The Spa

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

From guided hikes to holistic wellness experiences focused on balance, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge rejuvenates the entire being-mind, body and soul. Fall is considered the season of stability, a time in which one restores equilibrium to their life. Choose from our array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with complimentary Autumn Equinox activities including henna art, cold pressed juice bar and vino & vinyasa. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Autumn Solstice events.

 

3rd Annual Barbeque & Grape Stomp

Saturday, October 6, 2018

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

$85 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Pay homage to the Carmel Valley annual grape harvest with a traditional grape stomping and Bernardus Winery barrel tasting backed with savory barbeque oysters, live country music and a family-style barbeque lunch. Celebrate the 2018 vintage firsthand in Ingrid’s Vineyard with winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea as hosts. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

4rd Annual Craftsman Exchange

Saturday, October 27, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An annual favorite saluting a cache of culinary superstars including seaweeds farmers, craft cheese mongers, heirloom fruit enthusiasts, local beer artisans, bee keepers, fungi foragers and wine producers for a convivial showcase of flavor and style. Enjoy a casual Carmel Valley vibe in a sophisticated setting where alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and vineyard views are paired with tastes throughout.   Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 22, 2018

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Adults $95, Children ages 5-12 $32, plus tax & gratuity; children 5 years and younger are complimentary. Traditional Thanksgiving favorites accented with Chef Cal signature cuisine.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 22, 2018

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$135 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu combining intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

 

4th Annual Pure Decadence Event

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:30 pm

$350 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s tough at the top! Indulgence hits a high note at the annual event that continues to wow palates and literally blow minds. Celebrate the world’s top culinary treasures as the evening kicks off with caviar and a glass of champagne or black truffle martini and behind the scenes stroll into Chef Cal’s award-winning kitchen for savory bites right “off the line.” On tap are winter’s most decadent delights: France’s black truffles, Maine’s lobster, ranch-raised Wagyu beef and locally foraged golden chanterelles. Chef Cal combines these inspiring ingredients with rare wines from around the world to create the ultimate winter menu. The tasting menu exemplifies how luxury ingredients can be preserved, reinterpreted and crafted into sophisticated dishes. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

 

Winter Solstice at The Spa

Thursday, December 21, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Price included in service.

The Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and a significant time of ritual, reflection and renewal. Choose from the Spa at Bernardus Lodge’s award-winning array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork, facials or salon services and extend the spa day with complimentary Winter Solstice activities including holiday cookie and cider hour, wine tasting, fire dancers and starlight swim. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Winter Solstice events.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner – Monday, December 24, 2018, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Day Dinner – Tuesday, December 25, 2018. 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$145 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu celebrating the season with intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Monday, December 31, 2018

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

$195 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Ring in the New Year with a sinful six-course tasting menu showcasing chef Cal’s culinary prowess. Focused on healthy, seasonal fare, the menu reflects on the ultimate pleasure of what exceptional dining does for your soul.

 

New Year’s Day Brunch with Live Music

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Price off Menu

Enjoy live music with a backdrop of a fresh New Year and sumptuous brunch.

 

BACKSTORY

Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectatoraward recipient (2001-2017), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing.   Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus Lodge, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space.  Woodside Hotel Group, an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property. 

 

For information, visit www.bernarduslodge.com.

Natural Habitat Adventures

Get Wild This Green Season with Natural Habitat Adventures

 

From taking in lush, tropical landscapes to viewing new animal births during the Great Migration, discover where the grass grows greener around the globe.

 

Rainy season brings out a special bounty of nature encounters from flourishing flora to new fauna. Ecotourism leader Natural Habitat Adventures proves it’s easy to be green with trips to see some of the most incredible wildlife spring into action around the world. From experiencing sea turtles nesting and spotting whales along Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast to taking in breathtaking views of huge herds making a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, see where the grass grows greener this season with Natural Habitat Adventures:

 

Natural Jewels of Costa Rica
10 Days | From USD$5,495
NEW! Green Season Departure: Aug 4 – 13, 2018

In July and August, “green season” is a time of new birth and plentiful transitions among Costa Rica’s lush rainforests, mist-veiled mountains, wild beaches and active volcanoes, containing some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Enjoy peak turtle season in Tortuguero, when Pacific green sea turtles settle into their annual nesting pattern. On the new green season departure, Nat Hab makes an extended boat expedition in search of whales, particularly humpbacks, and dolphins during time exploring around Isla del Caño. In Monteverde’s cloud forest, resplendent quetzals and three-wattled bellbirds feed on abundant ripe avocados at this time of year, creating some of the best opportunities to encounter these threatened species in the wild. Nature is especially lively during the green season—the extra moisture tends to animate more birds and mammals in the canopy, as well as frogs, interesting insects and nocturnal wildlife.

 

Botswana’s Green Season Photo Safari
10 Days | From USD$11,795
Green Season Departures: November 2018 to March 2019

Botswana’s prolific wildlife is legendary, so it’s no wonder that it is a top destination for photography-focused African safaris. There’s nothing like seeing it during the “green season,” when intermittent rains bring dramatic skies, new grass and new animal life. Join accomplished photographers and naturalist guides on an adventure designed to reveal Botswana’s abundant wildlife and staggeringly diverse ecosystems, from the fossilized salt pans of the Kalahari Desert to the emerald marshes and sprawling channels of the Okavango Delta. Photograph wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as it bursts to life during brief summer rains: where lush grasses lure throngs of wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and other prey, while the region’s legendary black-maned lion, cheetah and other predators follow in close pursuit.

 

The Great Tanzania Migration Safari
8 Days | From USD$9,995
Green Season Departures: Dec 2018 to March 2019

On Africa’s Great Plains, each year, boundless herds of wildebeest and zebra traverse the Serengeti in search of new grass that sprouts with seasonal rains, and to birth their young. Lion and cheetah lie in wait, finely tuned hunting machines ready to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. In the center of the world’s greatest ancient migration route, wildlife lovers will join a small-group safari led by expert expedition leaders to witness a primal spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds before them. Enjoy unparalleled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere at Natural Habitat’s remote private camp, immersed in the wonder of one of the world’s truly epic wildlife events.

 

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About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.

Louis Vuitton 

Louis Vuitton Miami Design District will be the only store in the US to prelaunch the Men’s Spring Summer 2018 collection on January 10th before the official launch on the 19th.Inspired by the idea of exotic islands and travel, Kim Jones’ Spring Summer 2018 collection is overflowing with colorful prints, technical details and light weight fabrics.

 

In the spirit of the collection, Louis Vuitton has redesigned an iconic VW bus which will be parked outside the Design District store fromJanuary 10th to 22nd, before it departs for Rodeo Drive and lastly heads to Waikiki Gump. 

 

Miami-themed limited edition bumper stickers will be gifted with each purchase from the Spring Summer 2018 menswear collection. Louis Vuitton Miami Design District will also be the first store in the US to offer the SS18 surfboard. Additionally, exclusive Monogram Pacific leather goods will be available for purchase only at the Miami Design District store.


The fabrics are lightweight, modern and fluid. Technical skills, tonic mohairs and seersucker, a paper-thin “scuba” lambskin leather bonded with neoprene – fabrics that travel well and are practical, both demanded by the modern island-hopper and emblematic of the functional, technical roots of Louis Vuitton. Colours contrast the signature Monogram palette of earth tones with shades of khaki and flashes of sports-inspired neon, all “surrounded” by the deep ocean blue. 

The key theme of fusion is literally echoed in the accessories. The new style, the Monogram Split, contrasts different colourways of Louis Vuitton’ s iconic Monogram canvas, emphasized with a centre seam. The style is offered in classic Keepalls, re-engineered with a lateral seam; or the tidtotee with an oversized style split vertically, including the handle, which is taken from those traditionally used on the trunks. From mountains of trunks, to hand-luggage only- this is another journey, from past to present, charting the needs of the contemporary bigger. 

New colourways and treatments of the iconic Monogram are introduced – Pacific, a cobalt-blue, Oceania-inspirwd iteration and Reflect, whose hi-vis reflective finish is influenced by high-impact sport. 

The importance of the sportswear theme-surfing, scuba and trekking- is underscored by a new technical, sports inspired line, “Monogram Outdoor”, which mixes canvas with sports webbing, scuba, zips, cording and hardware based in the coloured metal if a climber’s carabiner clips, creating new styles infused with the energy and and dynamism of outdoor pursuits. Other styles play with the recent archive – blowing up the ‘Noe’ bag into oversized backpacks, and revisiting clog style shoes first offered for women. The footwear cross-breads these clogs with hiking boots, Harajuku with Honolulu. The construction of Louis Vuitton trunks inspire soles in dovetailed lightweight ash and nailhead metallic details – as modern today as they seemed 163 years ago. 

The soundtrack is as unique as the clothes: the musician Drake has recorded a song inspired by this collection, to be premiered at the show. Another fusion – between music and high fashion. 

 

Mendocino County

MENDOCINO COUNTY’S TOP 10 SELFIE STOPS FOR THE INTREPID TRAVELER
– Close Encounters with Rothschild Giraffes, Candelabra Trees and Edsels as Art –

Succumb to the selfie wonderland known as Mendocino County, where concrete fades to green and wide-eyed wilderness captures the imagination. From Rothschild Giraffes to the legendary Lost Coast, the Instagram options are endless along northern California’s stretch of Highway 1. Traverse inland and the Inspiration Highway (101) steps up with eye-popping oddities and a potent lineup of ready-to-shoot stops. www.VisitMendocino.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #11.6 – Bowling Ball Beach

As the tide pulls out, a surreal setting unfolds just north of Anchor Bay on scenic Highway 1. Rare and wonderful, Bowling Ball Beach has caused speculation for centuries given the mass of almost perfectly spherical stones. Hidden like the Terracotta Army, the geological phenomena known as “concretions” are rare and picture-ready, formed by a natural process of sedimentary rock binding to minerals and/or stone. These surreal stones, paired with a sizzling Mendocino sunset, finish the frame. Located at Schooner Gulch State Beach, visitors can access the site via a short hike across the bluffs and moderate scramble down a dirt path. Note: Low tide access only. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=446.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #15.1 – B. Bryan Preserve

A Rothschild Giraffe kiss is worth a thousand shots! Secluded in Point Arena along Mendocino County’s south coast, B. Bryan Preserve is the stop for an escape to the African veldt. On tap at this remote sanctuary are an assortment of rare and endangered African hoofstock including Grevy’s Zebra (the largest of the breed and known to be most untamable), Greater Kudu (considered to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes) and stately Rothschild Giraffes – the tallest land animal on earth. Visitors can join the twice-daily tours to feed the animals and cash in on a kiss; overnight lodging also available. ($35/adult; $20/children for 1.5 hour Land Rover tour). www.bbryanpreserve.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #18 – Point Arena Lighthouse

Surfing for the ultimate whale-spotting perch? Just 145 stairs from the shore delivers Point Arena Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast allowing visitors to the top. Four landings deliver 360-degree views of Mendocino’s rugged shoreline, combining science, history and natural beauty. Shouldered by the adjacent Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, this iconic figure was originally built in 1870 and today stands as a beacon of brilliance, especially with the dazzling sea-swept backdrops. Daily and full moon tours ($7.50/adults; $1.00/kids); six lodgings dot the 23-acre property including the romantic Lighthouse Keeper’s Apartment. www.pointarenalighthouse.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #70.3 – Inn at Newport Ranch Hot Tub

Located 10 miles north of Fort Bragg, the Inn at Newport Ranch can set one back with its gorgeous Architectural Digest-worthy guestrooms, but it’s the water tower hot tub that is truly over the top. Set on a 2,000-acre coastal cattle ranch with 20 miles of world-class hiking, horseback riding and ATV tours, the Inn fuses luxury lodgings with outstanding views of shrouded sea stacks, mystical miles of MacKerricher Beach and bluffs to the edge of infinity. Soak up the scene with a romantic post from the top of world, Mendo-style. Overnight accommodations required. www.theinnatnewportranch.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #90.88 – The Lost Coast

Raw, rugged and ready for its close up, the Lost Coast is the call for outback enthusiasts seeking a final frontier. Named “One of the top #10 American Adventures” by National Geographic Traveler, this 80-mile stretch of pristine green comprises King Range National Conservation Area, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and a stretch of legendary surf breaks for those who can haul out a board. In 2016, a new system of hiking trails put visitors up close and personal with untouched vistas, ancient redwood groves and the mind-blowing mysteries of the candelabra tree forest. Another photo bomb attraction: the Roosevelt Elk. Weighing in at 750-1200 lbs., this behemoth makes for an excellent selfie backdrop as herds prefer to walk the sanctioned trails. Note: It’s zoom or doom as these are wild animals, indeed. Free. www.mendocinolandtrust.org.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #104 – Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree

Size matters. Soaring at 315 feet high, with a girth of 21 feet, this 2,000-year-old towering tree is a definite show stopper. Cut in the late 1930s as a tourist attraction, the Chandelier Tree seems to defy nature, allowing autos a smooth passage through its center, albeit tight at times. Ideal for Instagram Live, a $5.00 fee gains entry through this gentle giant; there are also wonderful hiking trails in nearby Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area. www.drivethrutree.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #10.4 – Solar Living Institute/Memorial Car Grove

In the offbeat file, a scout about the Memorial Car Grove at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland is certain to spur a selfie. Tucked along the Inspiration Highway (101) at the gateway of Mendocino County, this oddity takes shape in the form of hulking gas guzzlers, including classic Edsels repurposed as art. These rusting relics from the 1950s and ’60s with grown trees sprouting from the interiors are a statement to our times. Get up close and personal with a grinning grille or hug that tree trying to pry a life out of a true junker. Free. www.solarliving.org.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #21.6 – Pennyroyal Farm 

Set on 23 magical acres in wine-centric Anderson Valley, Boonville’s Pennyroyal Farm is the stop for a crisp sauvignon blanc backed with 143+ picture-ready dairy goat companions. This farmstead dairy and vineyard is as easy on the eyes as it is on the Smartphone with dramatic backdrops of vines dressed with sheep and a solar-powered barn stocked with frolicking goats and sheep. (Daily tours $15/adults; $10/children.) www.pennyroyalfarm.com.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #23.2 – City of 10,000 Buddhas

Peacocks, pagodas and “Vigor” and “Virtue” signposts — backed with the resonance of chanting monks – this is the stop for a strategic selfie capturing the calm of one of the nation’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Open to the public, this stunning City of 10,000 Buddhas offers daily prayer (12:30 p.m.) in the eye-popping Jeweled Hall, complete with 10,000 golden Buddhas lining the facility from floor to ceiling; free. Stay for a tasty lunch at Jyuan Kang Vegetarian Restaurant on-site. www.cttbusa.org.

Mendocino County Mile Marker #47 – Skunk Train

It’s a train thing and it doesn’t get any better than tucking deep into mystical redwoods aboard the legendary Skunk Train. Depart from Willits on the Northspur Flyer for a four-hour adventure ascending the 1,740 ft. summit then pushing through to the lush Noyo River Canyon aboard a vintage railcruiser (one of the original 132-year old Skunks) with an open-air coach. For the ultimate holiday selfie, climb aboard the Magical Christmas Train (December 2-23) for a 90-minute ride decked out the big guy in red. Prices vary. www.skunktrain.com.

BACKGROUND

Mendocino County welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors annually who explore its 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline, 90+ wineries and 10 diverse AVAs (earning the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards in the United States), 24 state/national parklands and 450+ unique accommodations. Straddling scenic Highways 1 and 101, “The Redwood Corridor,” the County delivers an ideal vortex of waves, wines and redwoods laced with historic villages and outback adventures. Located 114 mi./184 km. north of San Francisco, the region’s gateway airports are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS). Visit Mendocino County is a non-profit destination marketing organization designed to enhance the economic vitality of the community by increasing tourism revenue. For more information, go to www.visitmendocino.com.

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