This cold, gray stormy weather can really make you crabby so why not just go with it–in a good way. The best thing about January is that it’s Dungeness Crab season, and one of the very best places to experience this delicacy is at the Rendezvous Inn in Mendocino. Actually, as far as making your own fun, Mendocino believesa in making their own fun and kicks off the new year with a bang, offering a variety of special food and wine events such as mushroom foraging, crabcake cookoffs, cioppino galas, and it’s also the perfect time for whale-watching. Plus, many of the local inns and restaurants are offering fantastic rates that you can enjoy without hassling the summer crowds. For special winter offerings go to:

I love the coziness of Rendezvous Inn and both their special Dungeness Crab Tasting Menu and Wild Mushroom Tasting Menu are calling out to me. The crab menu offers the Big Three : Dungeness Crab Bisque,Crab Ravioli, and Crab Cakes, and each course is paired with a local wine. This will be offered throughout crab season.
Their wild mushroom tasting menu will only be available through the end of this month. You can view that menu at

And if you don’t believe me, just read the write-up in the 2007 Zagat:

“A magical evening awaits guests of Kim Badenhop, a classically trained chef-owner and wonderful host whose little New French gem tucked away in Fort Bragg is the nicest place for miles and miles. Stopping by to chat with all comers to the romantic, redwood-paneled spot, he handpicks wines to complement the fabulous, organically inflected, creatively presented fare (of course, the outgoing staff really knows the menu too). Bottom line: it’s worth every dollar for anniversaries, birthday dinners or even once a month.”

Rendevous Inn

647 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, California 95437
707.964.8142 : 800.491.8142