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Shop, eat, and enjoy the feeling of going back in time to a simpler era as you groove to the vibes of downtown Mendocino’s hippy past and quaint New England style architecture. Find a secluded bluff, and listen to seals splashing and barking. Visit the Mendocino Art Center, started by San Francisco artists in the 1950s. Enjoy a Mendocino Theater Company performance. Stop in historic Ford House, which doubles as city museum and Mendocino Headlands State Park visitors center.

Mendocino Headlands State Park winds around Mendocino Bay, and is a wildlife corridor linking coast and inland areas. Savor the spring wildflowers. In July the Headlands and city are home to the Mendocino Music Festival. Groove to the... more

Shop, eat, and enjoy the feeling of going back in time to a simpler era as you groove to the vibes of downtown Mendocino’s hippy past and quaint New England style architecture. Find a secluded bluff, and listen to seals splashing and barking. Visit the Mendocino Art Center, started by San Francisco artists in the 1950s. Enjoy a Mendocino Theater Company performance. Stop in historic Ford House, which doubles as city museum and Mendocino Headlands State Park visitors center.

Mendocino Headlands State Park winds around Mendocino Bay, and is a wildlife corridor linking coast and inland areas. Savor the spring wildflowers. In July the Headlands and city are home to the Mendocino Music Festival. Groove to the ocean views, blowholes, wave tunnels, sea arches, grottos, and tide pools as you hike the beaches and cliff trails. Along the Mendocino Headlands Trail, watch for old cross-ties from the oxen-powered railway that dumped lumber to ships below the bluff.

Drive 2 miles north of Mendocino to Russian Gulch State Park for rock fishing, swimming, skin diving, tide pools, bicycling, a 36-foot high waterfall, and a Devil's Punch Bowl of churning water. Savor spring rhododendron blooms at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Take the family on the half-day Skunk Train roundtrip from Fort Bragg to inland Northspur. Bird watch at Cleone Lake, a tidal lagoon in MacKerricher State Park, 3 miles north of Fort Bragg. Enjoy MacKerricher’s wheelchair accessible nature trail, Ten Mile beach, fishing, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and bicycling. Take the kids to Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park.

Tee off at the 5,458-yard, 9-hole coastal golf course at Little River Inn, which also offers llama treks. Take the family to Little River State Park and Van Damme Beach State Park, which are near Little River Airport (KLLR). Kids love the recently renovated Point Arena Lighthouse, because they can climb to the top.

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Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast
A scenic drive along California's Pacific coastline offering beaches, historic lighthouses and old-time fishing villages.
Attraction type: Scenic Drives; Bodies of Water
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino Headlands State Park
A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.
Attraction type: Geologic Formations; State Parks
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Russian Gulch State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
This park's view of the Mendocino headlands is enhanced by a spectacular array of wildflowers.
Attraction type: Beaches; State Parks
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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Attraction type: Lighthouses
Big River
Big River
A beautiful estuary in which to observe nature.
Attraction type: Bodies of Water

All places to eat » Places to eat

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Harvest at Mendosa's
Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Cafe Beaujolais
Cafe Beaujolais
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Price:
Cuisines: American, Continental, Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Patterson's Pub
Patterson's Pub
Ranked #3 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Raven's Restaurant
Raven's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Goodlife Cafe and Bakery
Goodlife Cafe and Bakery
Ranked #5 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Price: $2 - $15
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Mexican, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Sea Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast
3.0 of 5
Sea Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast
$110 - $211
Ranked #10 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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Mendocino Farmhouse
Mendocino Farmhouse
$120 - $155
Ranked #12 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Didjeridoo Dreamtime Inn
3.0 of 5
Didjeridoo Dreamtime Inn
$99 - $161
Ranked #14 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Sea Rock Inn
Sea Rock Inn
$179 - $385
Ranked #2 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast
Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast
$137 - $208
Ranked #3 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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Agate Cove Inn
Agate Cove Inn
$179 - $329
Ranked #4 of 23 Mendocino B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

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Heritage House Resort
4.0 of 5
Heritage House Resort
$138 - $353
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Little River
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.