We had wine, song and even women.
As well as a Skunk Train.
And believe me, the #MenWhoBlog Virtual Happy Hour travel show featuring Mendocino County, CA, did not stink.
In fact, we came out smelling like a rose.
Throughout the hour-long show we discussed the many virtues, activities and beauty of this area, which is located two hours north of San Francisco along the Northern California coast. All the while sipping wines from Fathers + Daughters Cellars, including its outstanding 2015 Ella’s Reserve Pinot Noir.
Just past the Sonoma County wine country, Mendocino has several wineries of its own, as well as craft breweries, huge redwood trees, B&Bs with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and excellent restaurants stocked with quality chefs, and also the Skunk Train. Which I will get to in a moment.
Mendocino guests were:
- Guy Pacurar, Owner of Brewery Gulch Inn and Fathers + Daughters Cellars
- Scott Schneider, GM at Noyo Harbor Inn and Harbor View Bistro & Bar
- Marc Dym, Executive Chef at Little River Inn
- Robert Pinoli, Vice President of Mendocino Railways and “The Chief Skunk” of the Skunk Train
- Morgan Daniel, a Mendocino musician who played two original songs, “California Wildfires Sunset” and “Grateful For A New Day”
The show was co-hosted by myself of PubClub.com and James Hills of MenWhoBlog,com. Also on the show was the show’s ambassador, PubClubette Ashley, the Virtual Happy Hour bartender Gabi Ione and Tom Fischer of BourbonBlog.com.
Fischer’s presence prompted both Schneider and Dym to state that Mendocino also has distilleries which produce quality whiskeys and rums.
Now, about that Skunk Train. It’s an old-fashioned train that meanders through the Mendocino forest that offers hop-on/hop-off experiences in hiking and relaxing among the redwoods. The train has an open-air observation car and for you PubClubbers out there, wine and craft beer, including a Skunk Beer from Anderson Valley Brewing Co. For the more adventurous souls, you can pedal your own Railbike along the tracks.
To know why it’s called the Skunk Train, well, watch the show!
Here is a link to the show: www.facebook.com/pubclubber