Hit the road to Mendocino this fall and travel from the rolling hills of Yorkville Highlands to the Pygmy Forest of Van Damme State Park in search of the mighty mushroom. It’s the season for porcinis, chanterelles and candy caps along historic Highways 1 and 101 which houses nearly 2,500 sq. miles of coveted live oak and redwood forest that give birth to 3,000 mushroom varieties.
While you search for fungi, fuel your body with the cuisine of artisanal chefs. Quench your thirst at 85 wineries. Sip raft beer and hard cider scene and pay tribute Mr. Fungi sprouts from November 1-10, 2013. It’s all here at: www.VisitMendocino.com/mushroomfestival.
Hop aboard the iconic Skunk Train on November 2, at either Fort Bragg or Willits and enjoy some fungi hikes, wine tasting and culinary capers making a move with mushrooms. A Mighty Mushroom Weigh-Off, finale cook-off and judging as well as a presentation by local mushroom expert Eric Schramm wrap up the day.
Stop for some pampering with the “Fungi & Girl” spa getaways packages offered at the new Heritage House Resort in Little River (opened 9/13/2013) ($189 rates per night), bunk down in an 1886 former water tower at the Abalone Tower & Weller House Inn ($300 for two nights), or soak up the local culture with Little River Inn’s “Mushroom Mania” ocean-front cottage package ($139 a night.).
Other marvelous Mendocino diversions include:
- Liquid Fusion Kayak Mushroom Paddles Nov. 3 & 10, This three-hour guided tour takes you to the calm waters of the Noyo River in search of wild mushrooms
- Hunt for the Wild Mushroom Mountain Bike Ride--Put the fun in “fungi” with daily bike tours with local experts. Nov 2-3, 9-10.
- Mushrooms at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens--Join staff mycologist Mario Abreu for a series of weekly mushroom workshops and walks at the Botanical Gardens.
- Beginner's Mushroom Identification Walk, Talk and Tasting with David Arora Nov. 16 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teaches you all about ild mushrooms.
For additional information, visit www.visitmenodino.com/mushroomcontest or #mendocinogonewild.
Learn more about mushroom farming by viewing the attached video.