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SF to Mendocino Weekend Review

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SF to Mendocino Weekend Review

We decided to do a nice weekend getaway to Mendocino where we stayed at our first bed and breakfast.

Getting there: Although we planned to take the 1, we got off to a late start and ended up taking the 101 to the 128. Once you get to the 128, it's a pretty curvy road as you are driving through a dry valley in one area and then redwoods in the next.


Cloverdale: Pick's Stand-a cute outdoor diner with benches, booths, very vintage, the only thing not vintage was the price; $7 for a small bacon cheeseburger seemed a little expensive for a small town grub place

Navarro Winery: In the Anderson Valley; Small tasting room; Up to 6 tastings for free; Known for their whites so we got the Gerwutzmeiner since we hadn't heard of it before and it seemed popular for this area

Mendocino: We checked in at the Agate Cove Inn. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as it is located right on the seaside (see my review of the Inn itself). The city itself is very quaint and good for a getaway from the city. The fresh ocean air feels nice against the skin and there are plenty of places to hike. Mendocino is also extremely pooch friendly.


We strolled into town but everything was already closed by the time we got there at 5:00pm

Dinner: 955 Ukaih-very good food; I had the red snapper and my husband had the seafood fettucini. We also ordered the green wilted salad and the calamari for appetizers. Our meal was delicious I just thought it was a little pricey for the food and the ambiance.


*Light stroll into town to see the little shops

*Small hike along the coast

*Hike to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse-very charming

*Stop in Fort Braggs-make sure you get a coffee and cookie at Mendo Cookie company-delicious!

On the way home to SF, we stopped at 2 more wineries:

*Husch-very affordable wines and a charming little tasting room

*Goldeneye-the only winer to charge a tasting $10/per person but you get 6 different wines, cheese and crackers, and a spectacular view outside as you are enjoying your wine. (we found out they are owned by Paradux and Duckhorn

Overall, a weekend getaway to Mendocino is really nice but the drive was longer than we expected even with all our little pit stops. We were pooped after we got home!

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1. Re: SF to Mendocino Weekend Review

We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to Mendocino. As you experienced first hand, two nights is not enough. By the time you are completely relaxed, it is time to go home. A 3 night stay is highly recommended - plenty to do (or you can, of course, do nothing at all).

Hope to see you again soon!

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2. Re: SF to Mendocino Weekend Review

Consumers: AT Baechtel Creek Inn near Mendocino... Read the fine print very carefully. There are certain times during the year when they change the cancellation period from 48 hours to 7 days. This is their policy plain and simple! They make no apologies for it. We had to cancel 6 days in advance of our stay and they took our 350.00 deposits for the 2 rooms we courteously called to release!!! It may be legal for them to do, but not very nice. BE SURE TO CHECK about this when you book your room. It was very disappointing. Check other reviews before staying here!!!

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3. Re: SF to Mendocino Weekend Review

Regarding the post about Baechtel Creek Inn: That hotel is on Highway 101 in the town of Willits, in inland Mendocino County, about an hour away from the coastal town of Mendocino. Your post should go in the Willits forum.

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