Thanks to tree-shaded streets, an inviting downtown, and a vibrant cultural life, Ukiah was once named California’s best small town—and the sixth best in the entire country. The largest city in Mendocino County, Ukiah is home to a bumper crop of Bartlett pears, Victorian architecture and a distinctive laid-back vibe. For a taste of the past, saunter over to the Grace Hudson Museum for a personal tour of the Sun House, a stunning 1911 craftsman bungalow offering an inside look into the lifestyle of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson.

Hike and bike up a storm on a host of hiking trails in the western hills and Ukiah’s cycle-friendly streets. Golfers can try for a birdie at the only 18-hole golf course in the county. Follow the signs to Lake Mendocino for outdoor recreation or take a trek to the City of 10,000 Buddhas for some spiritual renewal.

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2. El Azteca

Family style Mexican restaurant serves large portions for reasonable prices. Enjoy dinner outside with their patio seating.

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4. Enoteca Wine Bar

Located in the heart of downtown Ukiah, Enoteca is a refreshing stop after work or in the evenings. Featuring local wines from boutique wineries as …

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6. Forest Club

One of Ukiah’s favorite watering holes. Great place to grab a beer or cocktail and meet some friends around the firepit or play a game …

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7. Forks Cafe

Family owned and operated dining establishment offers great down-home breakfast, delicious sandwiches and burgers for lunch combined with friendly service and a smile!

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9. Grace Hudson Museum

The Grace Hudson Museum offers exhibitions and programs on regional fine art; the artwork and legacy of early California painter Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937); exquisite …

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10. Hampton Inn Ukiah

The Hampton Inn offers affordable, reliable lodging with amenities such as an outdoor pool, gym, free Wi-Fi and in room coffee makers. Choose from rooms …

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