Doug McConnell is now traveling the back roads of cyberspace. The longtime Bay Area Backroads host recently launched OpenRoad.tv, a travel website that offers streaming videos about myriad American West destinations as well as maps and travel resources, and message boards so visitors can praise their favorite spots. Diablo asked McConnell and OpenRoad.tv’s food forum cohost Laura Remington to recommend some delicious destinations.
McConnell recommends comfort food on the coast: “I’ve always loved Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero—a great little restaurant that has been run by the same family for 100 years. They serve hearty seafood [and] artichoke soup, and they grow their own olallieberries, so you have to try the olallieberry pie. A must-stop nearby is the Harley Farms Goat Dairy, which has delicious goat cheese. Pescasdero is between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, so whichever direction you take to get there, you’ll have plenty of state beach parks to explore and spectacular California coastal views.” Duarte’s Tavern, 202 Stage Road, Pescadero, (650) 879-0464, www.duartestavern.com ; Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 205 North Street, Pescadero, (650) 879-0480, www.harleyfarms.com
Laura Remington recommends the Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville as an ultimate gourmet getaway. “Across the street [from] the Russian River in a beautiful, thick forest, the Farmhouse has wonderful food, with an emphasis on organic, locally grown ingredients. They have an amazing wine list and a cheese plate that’s to die for.”
The 10-room inn was picked as one of the world’s 36 best food destinations by Gourmet magazine earlier this year, but Remington didn’t sleep there. “There are lots of great campgrounds right nearby. My husband and I enjoyed a $200 meal at the Farmhouse, then walked back to our $20 campsite. There’s great wine tasting nearby as well—and in the spring and summer, you can canoe on the river.” Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, 7871 River Road, Forestville, (707) 887-3300, www.farmhouseinn.com
Log onto Doug McConnell’s new travel website at www.openroad.tv