Perched high atop a bluff in its namesake village, the Mendocino Hotel enjoys unhindered panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. In the 1870s, the quiet coastal town bustled with loggers who harvested the area’s towering redwoods and enlivened its saloons, pools, and fast houses. Although the village has since eschewed its rowdy reputation, the redwoods continue to thrive. Along the bluff, the giant trees shadow traces of old buildings and old anchor lines set into rock. Briny air permeates the town, carrying all the way to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where meticulously manicured formal gardens contrast with untouched landscapes. Guests can stroll through thick pine forests, peer into fern-fringed canyons, and frolic on flower-covered bluffs. After getting their fill of local flora and fauna, sojourners can peruse manmade creations at the Mendocino Art Center. Displays of visual and performing arts celebrate still and moving forms, and various studios invite budding Botticellis to fine-tune their own brushstrokes. For those interested in learning more about the area, the Kelley House Museum, set amid an acre of gardens, recounts Mendocino’s history with artifacts, exhibits, and photographs of yesteryear.
Relish Culinary Adventures offers experiences that highlight Sonoma County's finest farms and ranches, bakeries, cheese makers, and other artisan goods. Though Relish Culinary Center in Healdsburg serves as headquarters for public and private events, a wide range of tours and hands-on cooking experiences take place offsite at a variety of local epicurean destinations. Focusing on seasonal, locally grown, and locally produced ingredients, the program's events match locations with skilled chefs to create cheese or craft elaborate meals.
From season to season, dedicated foodie and owner Donna del Rey works with chefs to alter the menus that fuel Relish Culinary Adventures' expeditions and classes. Special guests vary, including chefs Louis Maldonado of Top Chef and Spoonbar; Todd Knoll of Jordan Winery; producers from Bernier Farms, Twisted Horn Ranch, Preston of Dry Creek, and Valley Ford Cheese; and wine makers from Longboard, Kelley and Young, and Preston Vineyards.
Bow Wow Meow Grooming serves an eclectic clientele?dogs of all breeds, including labradoodles and great pyrenees, and a full spectrum of cat breeds, from persians to blue russians. Grooming services are tailored to each breed, as well as each animal's fur type and lifestyle. Its full grooming consists of more than a bath?pups and felines also luxuriate in paw massages, blowouts, and haircuts. The expert technicians tidy up pets beyond their fur, too. They also clean eyes and ears and brush buildup off teeth. Pet owners who prefer a more hands-on approach can bathe their animals in the center's self-bathe facilities, complete with waterproof aprons for splashes. In addition, Bow Wow Meow Grooming offers other services, such as pet daycare, which hosts pets during the workday and allows them to romp in a cage-free play space.
Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Since 1995, VIP PetCare has been operating community veterinary clinics to make preventive care accessible and affordable for all pet owners. The clinics rotate through 250 markets and provide heartworm tests, flea treatments, dewormers, and other vital care on a regular basis to keep pets healthy. Furry friends stay easily identifiable after microchipping services, and vaccination packages protect from maladies that range from rabies to kennel cough. Each clinic is overseen by a state-licensed vet to ensure the safety of each animal. VIP PetCare also partners with pet retail stores and animal shelters in each of their markets, and has donated more than $400,000 in supplies and materials to animal shelters and rescue groups over the last three and a half years.