Waves, wine, and great grub on the Mendocino coast

Tucked into a 10-acre forest a few paces from the Pacific and builtfrom ancient virgin redwood logs salvaged from the nearby BigRiver, the Brewery Gulch Inn feels like a giant treehouse. Butinstead of child's play, think lazy strolls along fern-coveredtrails and sunset hikes above crashing waves.

But most important, think food. Guests choose from ninebreakfast entrées featuring mostly organic local ingredients,prepared by the inn's new chef, who used to make pastries at ChezPanisse. Feast on a soufflélike egg-white omelet with spinachand wild mushrooms foraged just outside the inn.

Come evening, a selection of hors d'oeuvres accompanies localwines and cider ― enough to convince you to blow off dinnerplans and focus on your sweetheart.

Info: Brewery Gulch Inn (from$170, including meals; breakfast $15 for nonguests; 9401 State 1, 1mile south of Mendocino; 800/578-4454)

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