This past weekend George & I went north on the 1 to Point Arena in Mendocino. We met up with our friends, another couple, and had a fabulous weekend of wining, dining, coastal walking, and driving top-down. Oh, did I mention that we had no cell service, wifi, or data? Yep, the minute we hit Hwy 1 we were off the grid.
Ok – so not completely off the grid. We did have a reservation at Wharf Master’s Inn, dinner plans, and a loose itinerary. We drove up the coast around 5 and watched the sun set over the pacific.
As we neared Point Arena we looked for someplace to eat. We just kept driving until we found a little Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was delicious, but I couldn’t help but wonder what great seafood restaurant was just around the corner. Of course a quick glance at my Yelp app would have helped, but I would soon learn to live without any apps (for 2 days – well 1.5).
We arrived at the Inn around 10pm. It had been a long day of work, leaving late, and windy roads. It was a gorgeous and fun trip, but we definitely needed some R & R. We grabbed our complimentary bottle of wine, and checked out our in room jacuzzi tub.
The next morning we grabbed two paper maps and plotted out where we’d go. These maps were incomplete, definitely no google maps – but it was part of the adventure! One map was specifically for wine tasting, but didn’t have all the wineries or roads, and the other was a better map with no wineries but more roads. We chose a road and headed east to Anderson Valley. Once we turned south on 128, we still didn’t have any service and decided to follow a random truck into Toulouse Winery. What luck! Their sign said it all “Too tense? Toulouse.”
This winery was a perfect start to our relaxing, fun, and carefree weekend. The modest yet beautiful winery looking over the Anderson Valley was filled with dogs, friendly people, and a welcoming staff. For $5 we tasted 11 wines (including a freebie), delicious crackers and enjoyed the beautiful day.
The friendly staff recommended a restaurant down the street with the best fish tacos and delicious, authentic flan. We hit Baxter tasting room across the street and learned that it had only opened weeks ago.
We purchased a delicious rose and headed on our way. The wine had taken it’s toll, so even though we stopped at the Madrones to do some shopping (unfortunately for me, fortunately for my wallet – the store was closed) we decided not to do any more wine tastings. Instead we just took some photos.