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奇诺县, a winding two-hour drive north of 旧金山, is the ultimate escape. Despite the region’s accessibility, its bucolic farmlands and untouched coast feel worlds away from city life. 这两天 北海岸 road trip hits all the high notes: artisan wines, 小山羊, 私人海海湾, 红杉森林, 隐藏的海滩, and windswept bluffs. Starting just outside Cloverdale, the trip winds northwest through 安德森谷 and up to the seaside community of 奇诺, with plenty of unforgettable stops along the way.
Taste your way through 安德森谷
Your adventure begins at the southernmost point of 州128号公路在索诺马县. As you head north through 安德森谷’s wine country, you’ll be greeted by grazing sheep and carefully planted grapevines. Once you reach the buzzy little town of Boonville，在…停留 薄荷油的农场. Say hello to the dairy goats and their kids before enjoying a wine and cheese pairing on a patio overlooking the vineyard. Half a mile up the road, pop in at Farmhouse Mercantile. The curated home goods store sells all of the cow-shaped creamers and wooden platters you didn’t know you needed. 巴克斯特酒庄, in next-door Philo, specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. The airy, minimalist tasting room complements the understated elegance of their wines.
Explore the 北海岸’s heartland
Before dinner, head to Hendy Woods State Park, home to two groves of 1,000-year-old redwoods and five miles of hike-able trails. After you’ve worked up an appetite, continue north to 困惑的猪. With an emphasis on hyper-local food and wine, the offerings change daily. Explore the delightful little patio decorated with creative fountains and a cozy firepit before heading into the rustic dining room for an unforgettable meal. Insider tip: The gluten-free popovers are a menu mainstay not to be missed.
Discover a secluded spot in Elk
You will trade green pastures for a rugged coastline as Route 128 turns into Highway 1, where the Navarro River meets the sea. Travel south past rocky shores to arrive at the 港客栈, located in the picturesque town of Elk. 惊人的艺术- - - - - -&-Crafts-style lodge sits overlooking Casket Rock, perched above a private cove, only accessible to guests. Book an ocean-view room and you’ll wake up to a breathtaking panorama of the white-capped sea.
Experience coastal wonder along Highway 1
The 17-mile drive north from Elk to 奇诺 proper is an adventure in and of itself. Highway 1 hugs the Pacific the entire way, offering views of windswept cliffs, 隐藏的海滩, and wildflower meadows. Stop in Little River to stretch your legs at Van Damme State Park, where a short hike takes you down to a driftwood-strewn beach or up through a fern-filled forest to a pygmy grove.
Explore Old Town 奇诺
Over the last 200 years, 奇诺 has transformed from a logging region to a fishing village to an artists’ colony. But thanks to its designation on the National Register of Historic Places, the architecture and landscape has remained impeccably preserved. Steep roofs and leaded windows appear plucked from a classic New England town. Meander along the streets and you’ll find eclectic galleries and charming little shops. Browse the aisles at 画廊书店 & Bookwinkles, try a homemade truffle at 奇诺 Chocolate Company, or enjoy lunch in the flower garden at 延龄草咖啡馆.
Hike in 奇诺 Headlands State Park
No trip to 奇诺 is complete without a trek along the 海角. Stretching out from the mouth of the 大河, this state park comprises 347 acres of seaside bluffs and sandy beaches. Follow the four-mile single-track hiking trail for a picture-perfect perspective of the roaring ocean, secluded offshore islands, and cliffs that seem to spring up directly from the sea. If the timing works, visit just as the sun is setting for a magical cap to a perfect weekend away.