Though not as picturesque as its coastal brethren, Ukiah is a good base for exploring Mendocino County. The Ukiah area is a source of lumber and winegrapes, and hosts a variety of small unusual shops and restaurants.
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, 4951 Bodhi Way, (707)462-0939 . The largest Buddhist temple in the Western Hemisphere over 2,000 acres large, influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. A must see.
To the south, Hopland is a small town of wineries and restaurants. Hopland is also home to the Real Goods Solar Living Center, a showcase of alternative energy techniques and products, and host to SolFest, an alternative energy festival, each summer.
To the west, Philo and Boonville are the centers of the Anderson Valley, a major wine region with many tasting rooms. Redwood Valley, located just north of Ukiah, is also home to several vineyards.
To the north, the city of Willits is home to the "Skunk Train" which runs through the redwoods along the Noyo River between Willits and Fort Bragg. Willits also hosts "Roots of Motive Power, " a museum devoted to steam and diesel equipment used to log the north coast.