This September we will be traveling to Mendocino from Carmel area, how hairy is the PCH heading this way from Carmel, my husband is concerned about getting sick and/or really being stressed about the curves/cliffs. Am I better off using Hwy.101? Our plan is Mendocino 2 days enjoying the village, Botanical Gardens, a few State Parks. The third day on to Fort Bragg to do the Skunk Train half day, glass beach etc. We are thinking about staying at the Beachcomber, suppose to have great views, any thoughts about this motel? Day 4, we will stay at Howard Creek Ranch Inn in West Port, just relax & explore the area. Day 5, up the coast to Ave of Giants, dont know if we should stay the night there or just head back for Fort Bragg area? We also want to spend a day explore the Anderson Valley area, Navaro River, winerys & enjoy this area. I just dont know if we should do this when we are in Mendocino & add a day there or after leaving Avenue of Giants and spend the night in the area (any ideas for reasonable lodging?)and then we head to SF for a few days before flying out. What would be the best route to go to SF from the Anderson Valley area? When your traveling North on PCH is the norhern lane on the ocean side? Is there any must do's I've missed? We're in our 50's not to active, just enjoy seeing the beauiful scenery & enjoy the quaint towns etc.