Ukiah, California, is surrounded by encircling coastal ranges and resides in Yokayo valley in southern Mendocino County. While Ukiah is one of the best stops on trips north and south, thanks to its location on the busy Highway 101 corridor, the small-town feel is what visitors remember when they stop, browse, shop and stay overnight. There are around 40,000 residents in the valley area in and beyond Ukiah city limits.
Average summer temperatures are in the 80s to 90s while winters are int he 40s and 50s during the day.
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Wineries and breweries number close to a dozen in and around Ukiah, with most located in Hopland, a mere 20 minutes away by car.
Located in one of the premier wine country regions of California, the area combines a love of the grape and of beer (hops) to produce some award winning beverages satisfying a variety of tastes. The official wine association for Mendocino County is located in Ukiah. The Mendocino Wine Commission is the source for downloadable maps and information about member events, tastings, trails and news. truemendocinowine.com
Annual Festivals and Events keep tourists and local residents busy with an incredible calendar of fun. Ukiah Country PumpkinFest, Family Fun in the Sun, 4th of July Picnic in the Park, Fabulous Flashback Car Show, Comedy Alley, Ukiah Farmers' Market, Sundays in the Park, Moonlight Movie Madness, Annual Taste of Downtown, Cinco De Mayo Festival and Fair and Holiday Trolley are all planned months in advance and attract visitors from far & wide.
Grace Hudson Museum The Sun House
Art, history and anthropology combine to focus on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936). Changing interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs feature Western American art, California Indian cultures, histories of California's diverse North Coast region, and the work of contemporary regional artists. Included within the museum is the Norma & Evert Person Gallery featuring textiles, photographs, and manuscripts highlighting the history and celebrating the legacy of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family.
431 South Main Street Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 467-2836 gracehudsonmuseum.org
Held-Poage Memorial Home and Research Library
Corner of Dora and Perkins Streets Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 462-6969
Pomo Cultural Center
Lake Mendocino Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 485-8285
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course
A challenging 18 hole, par 70 golf course situated along the western edge of Todd Grove Park and the southern edge of Low Gap Park is a championship golf course recognized as a member of the Northern California Golf Association. Open to the public for play all year, the coursed is a pride of the community with well maintained facilities. It features a pro shop, bar and snack shop. 599 Park Boulevard, Ukiah, CA 95482 707.467.2832 ukiahgolf.com
Mendocino Ballet is a nonprofit Regional Ballet Company , Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor. The company presents an annual Nutcracker, other ballets and fundraisers throughout the year, featuring local dancers & professional guest artists. mendocinoballet.orgWhere to eat & drink:
Branches Wood Fired Chop House premiered in late fall 2010 as a Destination Restaurant, Bakery, Butcher Shop and Pub in the Heart of Mendocino County's Wine Country. The 10,500-square-foot restaurant, gourmet marketplace and pub from Executive Chef and Proprietor Munther Massarweh and Executive Pastry Chef Debbie Coenen, is a welcomed addition to this mom & pop community where restaurants tend toward locally owned and managed. Specializing in American comfort food, fine meats and a range of house-baked breads and goodies, Branches houses a family-friendly Restaurant, traditional Irish Pub and Sports Bar, Butcher Shop and Bakery with generous portions, affordable prices and outstanding service. Location: 1180 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah. branchesrestaurant.com or call 707-468-5400.