Despite its popularity, Mendocino has never been in danger of losing its bucolic charm. With a population of less than 1,000 people, this quaint hamlet manages to maintain a thriving arts community, hosts some spectacular eateries, and invites visitors to travel back in time, to a slow-paced, easier way of life.

Fly Into

STS Sonoma County Airport 
(Santa Rosa, CA)

Drive

2hours To Mendocino, California
Where is

Mendocino

  • United States
  • California

TOP TIPS FOR MENDOCINO

  1. Shopping on Main Street is a must, and Mendocino Jam & Preserves shop is a favorite.

  2. The historic Point Cabrillo Light Station, just north of town, is a lovely spot for a picnic.

  3. It goes without saying that the coast is beautiful, but a stroll at sunset is literally worth the trip, all by itself.

When to Go

Bring the windbreaker: Mendocino’s elevated position above the surf means that it gets breezy, and a little chilly, especially at night. Bundle up in the winter months.
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Don't Miss

  1. Wild Fish Restaurant Hyper-local, seafood-forward fare is prepared simply in this comfortable, cove-front dining spot.
    7750 N Hwy 1, Little River CA
  2. Russian Gulch State Park Easy hiking trails provide a glimpse into nature that the whole family can enjoy.
    12301 N Hwy 1, Mendocino CA
  3. Brewery Gulch Inn This B&B has the soul of a lodge, charming ocean views, dynamite food and rustic charm to spare.
    9401 N. Highway 1, Mendocino CA
  4. Mendocino Art Center This funky facility is the hub of Mendocino’s art scene, where there’s always something eclectic on display.
    45200 Little Lake Street at Kasten Street, Mendocino CA
  5. GoodLife Cafe & Bakery Homemade, healthy fare (and awesome bread pudding) served in a cozy setting has made this eatery a local favorite.
    10438 Lansing Street, Mendocino CA

lodging

Hotel
Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites

The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites is a sanctuary for travelers looking for the tranquility of scenic California coast views and garden surroundings.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Stanford Inn By The Sea

Take in the beautiful northern California coast at this stunning inn set on 10 acres, overlooking the bay. There are many amenities and classes, plenty of delicious food, and each romantic room has a cozy fireplace.

Restaurants

French
Cafe Beaujolais

A cozy, candlelit French restaurant located in the historic town of Mendocino on the northern California Coast, this hotspot is highly rated food and has excellent service.

American
Albion River Inn Restaurant

Enjoy romantic, oceanfront dining, fine wine from an award winning wine list, and coastal cuisine at this upscale restaurant.

Things To Do

Outdoor Activities
Kayak Mendocino

Climb into a kayak and allow professional guides to take you though the sea caves and view marine wildlife. With smooth waters, these tours are great for beginners.

Outdoor Activities
Russian Gulch State Park

Start your visit by picking up a trail map by the ranger booth. Then, choose an easy waterfall loop hike, look for the giant sinkhole, make your way to the beach, or check out the campgrounds.

Wineries

Winery
Navarro Vineyards

Plan a visit to this Anderson Valley winery and tour the expansive property, then enjoy a complimentary tasting in their beautiful tasting room. Bring snacks or a picnic to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables out in the garden.

Winery
Goldeneye Winery

The friendly staff will take care of you at this winery located on a beautiful estate. Sit on the patio and enjoy views of the vineyards and hills while you taste.

Did you Know?

While Angela Lansbury’s hit TV series "Murder, She Wrote" was set in Cabot Cove, Maine, the series was filmed in Mendocino.

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