Hurrah for Ukiah

Maybe you have never heard of Ukiah, California, but it’s a spot senior travelers will want to put on your map as you head either up or down Highway 101.  Protected by the encircling coastal ranges, the City of Ukiah is nestled in the Yokayo valley in southern Mendocino County.Within the city limits are approximately 16,000+ residents.

The Greater Ukiah area, including adjacent valleys and connecting communities, is home to more than 40,000. Situated on the busy Highway 101 corridor, Ukiah has managed to preserve its small-town feel while acting as a focal point for business and culture throughout northern California.

Wikipedia notes that Ukiah was ranked #1 best small town to live in California and the sixth best place to live in the entire USA.  How about that?  Impressed yet? Hang on. Ukiah has lots of 19th-century architecture, charming tree-lined neighborhoods, and a laid-back vibe. Bing brings you a plethora of videos on Ukiah that you can chose from. Check out the Festivals in Ukiah and download a free guide on the area.

Wine, Fruit and Buddhism Abound in Ukiah

Ukiah is known for wine production and the Ukiah vicinity is now home to some of the most prestigious wine labels in the nation, including Brutocao, Fife, Parducci, Frey, and Bonterra. Ukiah vintners are known for innovating with organic and sustainable practices. Ukiah is also a major producer of Bartlett pears.

Ukiah is known as the “The Sagely City of 10,000 Buddhas.” Those buddhas are just two miles east of Ukiah  and senior travelers will want to see them up close for yourself.  Purchased in 1974, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is the hub of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.

Ukiah is said to be “Far Out and Nearby” so take a closer look at your opportunities in and around Ukiah. Visit downtown Ukiah for shopping, wine or microbrew tasting, art galleries and more. TripAdvisor lists 13 major attractions that senior visitors will want to check out including the Orr Hot Springs and several wineries.

For you senior hikers, try Lake Medocino or Low Gap Park, both which have scenic, well maintained trails, disc golf courses and picnic areas. has recommended links on Ukiah for visitors to check out including their Pumpkin Fest, the Taste of Downtown, Lake Mendocino and the Grace Hudson Museum. The museum has spectacular hand-woven baskets made by the local Pomo Indians. And Montgomery Woods is not to be missed with one of the most impressive redwood groves in the entire world.

Yes, Ukiah looks like a real deal to me.  jeb

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