A walk along North Main Street allows a look at some of the town's most interesting shops.
Carol Hall's Hot Pepper Jelly Company 330 N. Main St. Daily 10-5:30. Pick up a souvenir jar of delicious pepper jelly here. Poured atop cream cheese and served with crackers, it makes an instant hor'dourve. I prefer the colorful red pepper jelly, but there are many other flavors, including mango pepper and jalapeno pepper. More house products include jams and mustards and dessert toppings, and many other local food products are also available.
●Mendocino Chocolate Company 232 N. Main St. Daily 10-5:30. Stop in for hand-dipped chocolates and truffles.
Northcoast Artists Gallery 362 N. Main St. Daily 10-6. This cooperative gallery displays and sells the works of local artists. Member artists take turns operating the shop.
●Roundman's Smoke House 412 N. Main St., (800) 545-2935, (707) 964-5954. M-F 9-5:30, Sat 10-5:30, Sun 10-3. Stop in for smoked meat, fish, cheese, and an assortment of jerkies—including salmon or turkey—and flavors. Summer sausage is also very good. Items can be vacuum-sealed so they stay fresh. Bread from a local bakery is available, and so it is easy to put together a simple picnic.
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