Brunch! The trick to having a good getaway is to start with an awesome brunch. We picked this farm-to-table gem nested in the town of Santa Rosa called The Naked Pig and boy did they not disappoint. We ordered their porchetta sandwich and bacon battered waffles -- regretted right away for not ordering more because they are delicious.
Our first stop was Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. The entrance was hard to spot so make sure to keep an eye for a small parking lot. There isn't a grand entrance like other more popular state parks but this park is definitely worth a stop of you're looking for some nature therapy deep in the redwoods.
We stayed a night in Ukiah and stumbled upon this place called Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery which was an interesting addition to our trip.
After a fully rested night, we drove to Russian Gulch State Park for a 3 hours hike and it literally felt like we're hiking in fairy tale:
When we could no longer feel our legs, we ended the day with a beautiful sunset along the Mendocino coast..
So.. here's a summary to this weekend getaway:
Brunch at The Naked Pig, Santa Rosa - short hike at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve - Stay a night in Ukiah - Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery - Russian Gulch State Park - Mendocino Coast.