The following are our own insider's lists or the top things that we like to do, and that we like to tell our guests about. These are named Glendeven's Sevens. Don't tell anyone. We'll keep this amongst ourselves.
There are LOTS of others, these are just the ones that come to mind, and that we tell folks about daily. Ask us, we have lots more tips to share.
TOP 7 DISHES TO EAT WHILE VISITING GLENDEVEN
- The uni at Takas Sushi & Grill in Fort Bragg
- Every fancy restaurant in San Francisco, Sacramento and beyond sources its sea urchin (or Uni) from our waters here. You cannot get anything fresher or more amazing. Trust me.
- The sticky toffee pudding at Wild Fish in Little River
- We pretty much like everything that Chef Jackson makes at Wild Fish, but here's the deal with the Sticky Toffee Pudding. We have frequent-stayer guests who did a walking tour across England and their treat to the themselves in each town along the way was the traditional English dessert called Sticky Toffee Pudding. They said the one at Wild Fish (run and owned by Brits, by the way) was better than anything they had on the whole trip.
- The ice cream at our own Bistro | 150
- We would be guilty if accused of being partial, BUT GET THIS. Chef Michel Johns makes the ice cream with seasonal fruits and flavors from the Glendeven gardens, and uses our own egg yolks for the ice cream. The milk is organic from the nice people at Stornetta down the road. The flavor this month is Meyer lemon using our own lemons. He then used the whites to make these amazing little meringues, and the flavors of blackberry were made with local Shandell property preserves in Comptche, with a touch of mint sprig from our greenhouse. I'm quite sure it can't get better than that -- or more local.
- The soup de poisson at the Ledford House in Albion.
- When halibut is in season, owner Tony Greer makes this amazing thick broth, dark, cooked-down fish soup with every vegetable you can imagine, then strains it to make this thick-not-chunky soup. He also makes his own brick oven bread. If you go on a Friday, that's the only day he makes the seeded bread, which I think is amazing. And all the locals know it too. But remember, this is just between us.
- Steak tartar at Cafe Beaulojais in Mendocino
- Even if they don't have it on the menu, you can ask for the steak tartar. It's chopped up beef filet, done traditionally with Manchego cheese slices around the outside to hold it together, little pickles and capers in there, with a raw egg on top. It's pretty amazing, if you're a carnivore and love what's good.
- The clam chowder at Little River Inn, Little River
- Fresh clams. Made to order. Simple and delicious. That's really all that's needed to say. Trust us on this one.
- Anything at Frannie's Cup & Saucer in Point Arena
- It's a fun day-trip to drive down to Point Arena and see the lighthouse or B. Bryan Preserve or the newly designated National Monument, The Stornetta Public Lands. And no matter the weather, it is worth the drive because you'll get to stop at Frannie's Cup & Saucer where EVERYTHING is amazing. It's right smack in the dogleg of the road that goes through town (you'll know what I mean when you go down there.) It's no wider than my own wingspan. I can touch each opposite wall when standing inside (almost), and it's just worth the drive all by its little self.
TOP 7 HIKES WHILE VISITING GLENDEVEN INN
- Montgomery Woods
- Old growth pristine redwoods, 30 miles inland from us, a three-mile easy hike. I tell people "It feels ancient and remote, because it is." A highly recommended, top choice.
- The Cobbler’s Walk
- An amazing pristine headlands walk. Not a car, road, or house to be seen -- or even another person generally! The trail-head is right across from our driveway, where our other inn is located, The Inn at Cobbler's Walk.
- Russian Gulch State Park waterfall trail
- Three miles north of us, a 3 mile walk to the waterfall. Be sure to also take the loop return trail. It's one of the prettiest walks in the area.
- McKerricher State Park dunes
- A long narrow state park along the water's edge. Home of Ten Mile beach, and Seal Rock.
- Hendy Woods
- Old growth redwoods in the Anderson Valley, 45 minutes away from us. Easy parking, and not far off the main drag. Perfect for stopping on the way home when going south on the 128 towards the Bay Area.
- Jug Handle State Reserve Ecological Steps
- Seven miles north of Glendeven Inn, where you can walk inland and see the forest zones change from sitka pines, bishop pines, redwoods, and pygmy forests.
- Big River Logging Road
- Another must-do. Walk along a former logging road that is now a packed gravel trail, whih is perfect for cycling too. Flat and easy. Park at Big River Beach just two miles north of Glendeven Inn
TOP 7 ACTIVITIES WHILE VISITING GLENDEVEN INN
- Kayaking through caves off Van Damme Beach
- In the caves and out the other side. Beautiful guided tours with Kayak Mendocino.
- Horseback riding in the redwoods and beach
- Ricochet Ridge Ranch will take you any variety of length rides on your choice of sandy beach, redwood trails or both. Book directly with us.
- Outrigger canoeing up Big River
- Paddling these stable, and very fast multi-person wooden canoes up Big River is a must-do. Go at your own pace, not guides. And a tip: if you sit in back, you don't have to paddle, as long as you dont get caught!
- Visit Glass Beach
- A rarity, and a fun sunny day afternoon walk. Browse the colors of millions of pieces of sea glass left over by a very old dump. Something lovely came from that bad idea of throwing trash into the sea once upon a time.
- Stroll the Mendocino Botanical Gardens
- 45 acres of landscaped and sometimes wild gardens. There's a headlands walk, a nice shop, and a small cafe. A must-do in any season.
- Anderson Valley behind the scenes Wine Tour in Glendeven's sedan
- Behind the scenes, using our contacts from our Wine Bar[n] wineries. A wonderful all day trip.
- Visit a really cool lighthouse and see whales
- Either Pt Cabrillo very nearby, or Point Arena where you can walk to the top and see forever on a clear day. Highly recommended.