Museum & Sun House
A powerful, yet sublime energy and freedom about Ukiah have compelled creative souls to make it home, and none more so than Grace Carpenter Hudson.
The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah features the best of the region’s art, history and anthropology. Exhibits in the museum range in subject matter from Native American culture and Northern California coast history to the works of contemporary artists.
The primary focus of the museum is the magnificent work of Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937). She painted some of the most brilliant portraits and oil paintings of the Pomo Indians that have ever been brushed on canvas. The museum features over 30,000 related objects, including historical photographs and Pomo Indian artifacts. The building sits on a beautiful four-acre park with shaded picnic areas and a basket garden that grows all of the materials that the Pomo Indians used in their basket making.
Also located on the grounds is the Sun House, originally designed by Grace Hudson and her husband; it is still furnished with their unique collection of furnishings and décor. Guided tours are offered and begin at the museum. 431 S. Main Street, Ukiah. For more information, call (707) 467-2836 or go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.org.
Named after the world famous springs first discovered by Julius Caesar in France, the virtually identical waters of Ukiah’s Vichy Springs surge forth from six miles deep within the earth. Featuring the only warm and naturally carbonated “Vichy” mineral baths in North America, the water is naturally warm and effervescent, filled with minerals and energy, and is renowned for its healing and restorative qualities.
Opened in 1854, California Historical Landmark #980, Vichy Springs was a favorite retreat of writers Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London, and Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt. Vichy Springs Resort is the oldest continuously operated spa in California.
Today, the Resort is restored and renovated to tastefully combine its natural and historic charm with modern comfort and convenience. Guest rooms and cottages are available. For more information and reservations, call (707) 462-9515 or go to www.vichysprings.com.
Experience the history of Mendocino Wine Country by visiting the legendary Parducci Wine Cellars, the oldest continually running winery in Mendocino County (established in 1932). Taste Parducci Small Lot Blend wines and go on a tour of the facilities, which include 100-year-old Redwood tanks and the beautiful wetlands constructed to naturally and efficiently recycle 100% of the water used by the winery. Or have lunch on their patio that overlooks the organic vineyards and the surrounding Mayacamas mountain range. During the summer months, Parducci hosts the Acoustic Café, a concert series that features great food, wine and many talented acts. They also have event space available for rent for any special occasion. 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah. For more information, call (707) 463-5357 or go to www.parducci.com.
Frey Vineyards was the first maker of certified biodynamic and organic wines in the U.S. It’s open by appointment for tasting where you can sample organic wines made without sulfites. For more information, call (707) 485-5177 or go to www.freywine.com.
Seabiscuit, the legendary racehorse and subject of a major motion picture, lived and is buried at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits along Highway 101 just north of Ukiah. San Francisco auto salesman, Charles Howard, paid $7,500 for Seabiscuit and hired trainer Tom Smith and jockey Red Pollard to race him. Together they turned a 3-year-old, seemingly broken-down, rebellious horse into a champion and one of the greatest racehorses in history.
Together, they embodied the American spirit and gave hope to millions of Americans during the darkest economic era our nation has ever faced. With one victory after another, Seabiscuit lifted the citizens of our country out of the despair of the Great Depression and became the greatest icon of his time.
Individuals and groups are welcome to take a guided tour of Ridgewood Ranch, Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, and Charles Howard’s historic craftsman style ranch house. To schedule a reservation, call (707) 459-5992 or visit www.seabiscuitheritage.com
City of 10,000 Buddhas
The south end of Ukiah is home to the City of 10,000 Buddhas. Welcoming all visitors, this Buddhist monastery, training facility, university, and prayer and meditation center occupies the site of a former state hospital built in the 1930s. The highlight for visitors is the Hall of 10,000 Buddhas, which lives up to that name thanks to the thousands of Buddhas lining its walls. You can also enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine at the Jyun Kang Restaurant. For more information, call (707) 462-0939 or go to www.cttbusa.org.