Ukiah is one of the best towns north of the Bay Area. Located right on HWY 101 the perfect location whether your destination is the coast, the city or the redwoods! Ukiahs population is a little of 16,000 and continues to grow. Ukiah is the seed of the county so we offer a wide range of services.
The Ukiah valley, located in the heart of Mendocino County, is surrounded by mountains and redwood trees that provide year-round beauty for all to enjoy. We are an agricultural area with grape vineyards, pear orchards, family-owned ranches and small farms that provide produce to wine and retail interests as well as to our own Farmer’s Market. Our business community is diverse and you are sure to find what you are looking for right here in the greater Ukiah area.
From the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the inland valleys to the rivers and lakes that thread the county, there’s plenty to explore! Adventure on the Eel River as it winds northward or take a lazy float south down the Russian River. Head into the wild of Round Valley and the snow-tipped mountains that mark the Yolla Bolly Wilderness.
Before it was known for wine, before it was known for waves, and before it was known for getting off the grid, Mendocino County was known for its hot springs. Since the mid-19th century it has been a haven for cityfolk looking to wander a bit further afield to relax with a therapeutic soak in nature’s own baths. Today it retains its natural heated pools, and two world-class hot springs have grown up around them. Unlike some of the more developed hot springs found to the south, Mendocino’s hot springs still have a rustic charm (albeit with a suite of modern amenities).
Ukiah’s Historic Downtown is the backdrop for an exciting blend of arts, entertainment, cuisine, specialty shops and a down-to-earth functionality that only a small town can provide. Our scenic, tree-lined streets are also host to a well-rounded special events calendar. You won’t want to miss a thing.
Ukiah may be small but it’s open-minded and big enough in spirit for a wide variety of businesses. MacNab’s Menswear is a family-owned, third-generation shop where service is still an art form and shelves are full of everything a man could possibly wear. Boutique 120 features major brands including True Religion, Lucky Brand and Michael Stars and carries a big selection for men and women.
Liv Fashion Boutique is home to up-to-the-minute designs. Beneath its distinctive art nouveau-style sign, La Tre: https://www.facebook.com/La-Tre-Clothing carries a selection of irresistible dresses, boots, handbags, and other accessories. Shoefly and Sox is a go-to Ukiah spot for gifts and fashionable, comfort footwear including Clarks, Born, Frye, and UGG, as well as handbags and accessories. And, if you’re traveling with your four-legged friends, stop by Mendocino Barkery for water and treats, plus everything you need to spoil them.
You’ll also find a number of Ukiah stores with distinctive ideas for your home. Habitat specializes in gifts and fine housewares, while Mendocino Bounty is a marketplace that features local foods and wines along with unique kitchen and garden accessories. Elegant and intimate Three Sisters carries gifts, candles, and other items.
The reputation for food in Ukiah just keeps getting better. And, our restaurant options continue to grow by the month. Speaking of growth, many of our restaurants proudly serve local, organically-grown produce, meats and, of course, wines. In Ukiah, we were organic before organic was cool. When you can enjoy a Zagat-acclaimed restaurant down the street from the second certified organic restaurant in California, you know you have a food scene that can only be described as eclectic. And delicious.
Some of our favorites in downtown Ukiah include Ukiah Brewing Company & Restaurant, which features a fine array of regional favorites to savor for lunch and dinner, as well as everything you want in a bar and plenty of live music too! Also try Patrona Restaurant & Loungewith its beautiful upscale interior and casual sidewalk tables outside. Here you will enjoy seasonal, locavore-style California cuisine and a local wine list from heaven. Another great choice is Oco Time, where you can savor sushi and variations of its signature egg and noodle dish—the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. The contemporary atmosphere at Dora’s Gourmet Cafe brings a touch of Brazil to Ukiah’s historic downtown. Local wines, homemade desserts and creative entrees are always on the menu. For casual lunches, Schat’s Bakery & Café makes its breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups from scratch daily. And, newest to the block, is Cultivo, where dinners are adventurous, gourmet pizzas are wood-fired and guests can enjoy fine wines and many beers on tap.
Where wine country meets redwood forests, among rolling hills and oak groves, you will find Lake Mendocino. The lake has something for everyone and is a dream come true for hikers, campers, water enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Miles of trails wind through the redwood trees around the lake. Rent a kayak and go paddling on the lake, go swimming, or try your hand at sailing or water-skiing. Fishing is fantastic from the shore or a boat. Striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill and several varieties of catfish provide a challenge for fishermen. This serene and underutilized lake is a great place for a weekend getaway. There are over 300 campsites available and plenty of places to picnic too. Located two miles northeast of Ukiah off Hwy 101.
Cow Mountain: Cow Mountain Recreation Area is 52,000 acres of fishing, hunting, hiking, biking and off-roading opportunities. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Clear Lake, over 31 miles of stream, 13 wildlife reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species. Cow Mountain Recreation Area is located just outside of Ukiah with several entrances.
Low Gap Park: Low Gap Park offers something for everyone in the family—even the four-legged members. Situated along Orr Creek, one of the three major streams which run through the city of Ukiah and an important tributary of the Russian River, this 80-acre park features a skate park, public tennis courts, two playgrounds, a dog park, a disc golf park, multiple picnic areas, an archery range, an amphitheater and miles of scenic, well-marked hiking trails.
Ukiah Valley Golf Course: The best public golf in Northern California. Ukiah is home to Mendocino County’s only 18-hole golf course, which overlooks the scenic valley and city. The sloping terrain and majestic hills of the surrounding area lend themselves perfectly to a great day at the links. The short, par-70 course is etched into the hillside and criss-crossed by bubbling creeks. The many trees and undulating greens are also hallmarks of this fine course. The signature hole is the 192-yard par three, third hole. This challenging tee shot dares you to hit the green despite the bunkers that provide heavy protection and a gully on the right side of the fairway.
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