Week 2 Picks & Pans

Favourite Hotel of week two: Healdsburg, which had two outdoor pools, a great location close to restaurants and wineries, and free guest laundry.
Least favourite Hotel of week two: Santa Rosa. Hated the city, hated the smell.
Favourite Wine Region of week two: Mendocino. Small wineries, friendly attitude.
Least favourite wine region of week two: Rogue River and Applegate Valley. A let down the day after Umpqua.
Favourite winery: Sip! Not technically a winery, it’s a tasting room, but it was lovely and informative, and we found something rare and special.
Least favourite winery: John Michael Champagne. Plastic cups shaped like a shot glass but smaller. That’s no way to sample champagne.
Favourite restaurants: Caroline picks Chacuterie in Healdsburg, for the original menu. Tim says Bistro Maison in McMinville for three perfect courses.
Honorable Mention goes to Smuggler’s Cove in Brookings, which was very good despite the name.
Least favourite restaurant: El Farolito in Healdsburg. Blah food, and out of just two desserts on the menu, only one was actually available.
Favourite scenery: The redwoods of the coastal rain forest. So quiet, so peaceful.
Least favourite scenery: Coos Bay. It’s an industrial port city, sure, but so is Hood River, and it’s gorgeous.

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