Another great stay, this time in the winter. "Our" cozy spot once again came through with warm fires, (huge, fresh-caught) dungeness crab from Noyo, raven calls, and silence. As before, the cottage was spotless, well appointed and just right.
Spent each morning (more like noon!) in Mendocino at Moody's (the local coffee shop), then shopping at Harvest Mkt for dinner supplies. Drinks at Patterson's also a must at least one night.
Nearby Russian Gulch offers nice, flat hiking up Fern Canyon and up-close views of one of the coast's many historic arch bridges built during the New Deal of the 1930s. Bring your camera.
Although the restaurants in town are good and plentiful, we recommend cooking, especially since the cottage's kitchen is well supplied and the market offers such nice ingredients. Here's a spontaneous recipe from our latest trip: for each person, take a boneless chicken breast half, split it lengthwise (almost in half ) and open it like a book. Add a slice of prosciutto, a slice of fontina or provolone cheese, a few fresh leaves of parsley, basil, oregano, or?, salt and pepper of course, and close it back up book-fashion. Brown in olive oil or butter, turning once. Reduce heat, add a good splash of white wine, cover for a couple minutes and steam until chicken is just done. Remove from pan. Reduce any remaining wine down to create a nice little sauce. Chicken ala Petite Maison! One of the many inspirations of staying at such a wonderful place.
Go see Peter and Mary, you'll be very happy you did.