Bet you had no idea that straight off a movie set, the tiny road through Talmage leads to the Gate of Three Arches and into another realm – the land of 10,000 Buddha’s. Mendocino possesses a magical quality that makes it always worth visiting but this Buddha bonanza gives it new meaning. You will stroll past peacocks, pagodas, “Vigor” and Virtue” and signposts accompanied by the chanting of monks at one of the nation’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Get there at 10:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m., when visitors can join the service inside the elaborate Jeweled Hall of 10,000 Buddhas. Lining the facility from floor to ceiling sit 10,000 golden buddhas in a variety of sizes, said to have been crafted by the Venerable Master himself and etched by hand over a ten-year period; www.cttbusa.org.
Once you experienced that moment of Zen head on a side trip to California Landmark No. 980 – better known as the champagne mineral baths. Situated a few miles north just off the Redwood Highway, Vichy Springs Resort and Spa, a 700-acre facility boasts America’s only warm and naturally carbonated Vichy mineral baths (and Olympic-size pool) where you stop for some rest and relaxation, spend the night in the historic Blue Cottage (1852), hike to Chemisal Falls or take to the creek side baths like a lime in Perrier. The two-hour day rate for plotzing in the pool is $30. www.vichysprings.info.
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