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The Newport Perspective

We’ve got some secrets about our hometown, and we want to share them with you. Read our blog, discover our staff’s favorite facts and attractions, and see California like a Californian.

Marvelous Mendocino Mushrooms

Mendocino County is brimming with rich fall flavors during the month of November. Visiting at this time of year allows you to savor the harvest from local vineyards, breweries, and farms, but it may be the wild-grown bounty that's most impressive.

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Marvelous Mendocino Mushrooms

Mendocino mushrooms have a reputation for being marvelous. With thousands of square miles of live oak and redwood forests, the region is a natural hotspot for around 3,000 varieties of mushrooms. In the autumn, the coveted candy cap, chanterelle, and porcini mushrooms are ripe for the picking, and there is more than one event that lets you sample some hearty mushroom soup. Throughout the month, edible opportunities abound from Ukiah to Point Arena. The foraged fungus can also make a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for the foodie in the family.

If you want to dig deeper, you can join the mycologically minded for a full foray into the world of fungus. On November 8-10, the Mycological Society of San Francisco hosts the annual north coast fungal rite of fall. Join the society in order to participate in guided forays, presentations, meals, and more. For a more introductory immersion, head to the Mendocino County Museum in Willits on November 16 for a free class demonstrating how to grow edible mushrooms on wooden logs.

wild edible mushrooms

Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

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Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

Eventually, though, people took notice. Working out of a 10-barrel brewhouse in Boonville, the company racked up awards and accolades. They quickly outgrew their original home, and in 1996, moved down the road to a 100-barrel brewhouse on 26 acres of land.

Befitting their status as craft beer pioneers, Anderson Valley Brewing Company continues to push the envelope. They adhere to sustainable brewing practices, generating 40 percent of their electricity through solar panels and reusing all of their wastewater to irrigate their hop fields. They even resurrected a near-extinct style of beer—German Gose.

At 60 miles from our inn, a trip to this seminal brewery makes for a fun excursion. And if you fancy yourself a craft beer aficionado, we highly recommend visiting.

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