The northern part of it is rugged with spectacular views. A favorite weekend get away destination is Mendocino, a small coastal town about a 2 hour drive from Santa Rosa. The drive through Anderson Valley is beautiful, with many great wineries along the way.
Last weekend we stayed at the newly opened Heritage House Resort in Little River, just south of Mendocino. It was closed for a few years and recently re opened. The location right on the coast is spectacular, the rooms are beautiful and comfortable and the restaurant on site has an ever changing but great menu.