Above: The Sea Drum House at The Inn at Newport Ranch, Fort Bragg, California

I last reported on California’s wine country in May 2013, but recent research uncovered some potential new properties in the north of the state, sufficient to convince me that a return visit would be worthwhile. I didn’t need to consider this at great length. With its coastal vistas, historic sites, charming towns, stands of redwoods and the unspoiled Anderson Valley wine area, I find the region hard to resist.

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Above: The Sea Drum House at The Inn at Newport Ranch, Fort Bragg, California

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