Northern California's Mendocino County is an internationally renowned wine terroir—and when the autumn rains hit, the region comes alive with wild mushrooms. The Wine & Mushroom Festival (November 6–15) welcomes that happy annual invasion with mushroom-themed menus in area restaurants, a serene kayak tour of wild fungi along the Noyo River ($60), and wine tastings held on a vintage steam locomotive that winds through the towering redwoods ($60). Or take a seminar to help you spot each mushroom variety ($10), including the maple-flavored Candy Cap, which grows only along the California coast (GoMendo.com).
Can’t make it? Mendocino Mushroom Co. will gladly send their porcinis, matsutakes, or chanterelles your way (707-964-1646 for details and prices); add a bottle of La Crema’s 2007 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for the full experience ($30; LaCrema.com).
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