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Mendocino vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Mendocino

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Cottage in Caspar
Mendocino coast ocean-view cottage, walk to beach.
Private cottage has ocean view, and is just across the road from Caspar Headlands State Park. Enter through private gate into your own garden with outdoor seating. Inside the cottage, there is a kitchen with stove, microwave and fridge, a cozy gas fireplace, free wifi and t.v. with Roku, comfy queen bed with new mattress and quality bedding, tile floor, skylights, full bath with claw foot tub, artistic and period details. From the cottage, walk to the beach, or 5 minute drive to Mendocino.
$179 per night
Guesthouse in Mendocino
Coastal Forest Cabin, Walk to beach and waterfall
Keep it simple at this peaceful and centrally-located place that is minutes from downtown and the most beautiful hiking trails in Mendocino begin on property! This coastal forest cabin is the only property with access to the little known south headlands beach trail of Russian Gulch State Park. Bring your hiking shoes. Just steps from the beach and other connecting trails like the famous waterfall trail, Mendocino headlands trail, and the north headlands trail. Come experience the magic!
$165 per night
Guest suite in Mendocino
The Timbers Suite of Mendocino
This cozy ocean view Airbnb is a perfect retreat for anyone seeking a romantic getaway. The newly renovated Timbers Suite of Mendocino offers a spa, BBQ grill, full kitchen, full bathroom, king size bed and sitting area. Take an evening stroll across the street to 3 private trails leading to The Headlands and watch the sunset. In the daytime watch for spouting and breaching whales! You will be a short 1 mile walk to Russian Gulch State Park and less than 5 minute drive to the Mendocino.
$147 per night

Stay near Mendocino's top sights

Photo of Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino Headlands State Park42 locals recommend
Photo of Patterson's Pub
Patterson's Pub45 locals recommend
Photo of Big River Beach at Mendocino Headlands State Park
Big River Beach at Mendocino Headlands State Park33 locals recommend
Photo of Trillium Cafe & Inn
Trillium Cafe & Inn33 locals recommend
Photo of Good Life Cafe
Good Life Cafe40 locals recommend
Photo of Luna Trattoria
Luna Trattoria22 locals recommend

Mendocino oceanfront vacation rentals

Cabin in Albion
Spectacular 2BR Oceanfront Dog Friendly
$451 per night
Guesthouse in Albion
Navarro Guest House- hot tub | beach | pets ok
$185 per night
Home in Mendocino
Deer haven · Mendocino beach home- dog beach-jacuzzi -EV
$164 per night
Guesthouse in Fort Bragg
Ocean view guesthouse with coastal access
$107 per night
Home in Albion
Ocean Heaven Escape
$367 per night
Rental unit in Mendocino
Circa Ocean View Suite
$281 per night
Cabin in Albion
Navarro House - hot tub | beach | dog friendly
$256 per night
Rental unit in Mendocino
The Bay View Loft
$396 per night
Home in Fort Bragg
Unforgettable 1BR Oceanfront | Hot Tub
$306 per night
Home in Mendocino
$442 per night
Cottage in Fort Bragg
Amazing View Studio Oceanfront | Deck | Firepit
$256 per night
Cottage in Elk
Stunning 2BR Oceanfront | Fireplace | Deck
$300 per night

Mendocino house rentals

Home in Mendocino
Sunny 2BR | Hot Tub | Fireplace | Deck | W/D
$265 per night
Home in Mendocino
Luxurious 2BR | Hot Tub | Fireplace | Deck
$222 per night
Home in Mendocino
Serene Studio Oceanview | Deck | Yard
$240 per night
Home in Mendocino
Oceanview 3BR | Hot Tub | Woodstove | Balcony
$292 per night
Home in Albion
Ocean & River Views | Dog Friendly | Hot Tub
$441 per night
Home in Little River
Sea View Sanctuary, Hot tub, Sauna, on Sunny Acre.
$365 per night
Home in Albion
Pacific Gem - Jewel of the Bluff
$345 per night
Home in Manchester
Ocean view, hot tub, pet friendly, private beach
$293 per night
Home in Fort Bragg
2BR Oceanfront | Hot Tub | Fireplace
$350 per night
Home in Mendocino
Stunning 3BR Oceanfront Dog Friendly | Hot Tub
$551 per night
Home in Mendocino
3BR Oceanview | Hot Tub | Fireplace | Deck
$291 per night
Home in Mendocino
Oceanview 1BR | Dogs OK | Hot Tub | Sauna | Views
$259 per night

Your guide to Mendocino

Welcome to Mendocino

Ruggedly beautiful Mendocino was once a logging town populated by transplanted New Englanders, and their aesthetic influence remains. This small town surrounded by redwood forests and perched on a headland ringed by the Pacific Ocean is dotted with charming Victorian-style homes with white picket fences.

While Mendocino has hung onto the architectural sensibility of its former residents, its current character is decidedly funkier. In the 1950s, artists began arriving here, and the founding of the Mendocino Art Center in 1959 cemented the place as a bustling arts colony. The town retains that bohemian nature today, which has imbued this pastoral paradise with many of the charms of urban living, sans the crowds. The Mendocino Theater Company has staged more than200 productions in its 75-seat black-box theater since its founding in 1976, and the hamlet’s streets are lined with galleries and boutiques selling upscale handicrafts. You’ll also find wine, craft cocktails, and world-class farm-to-table fare here.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Mendocino?

If you’re looking forward to long scenic hikes, spring and summer boast the highest number of warm, sunny days, as well as wildflower blooms. Fall and winter can be chilly and rainy — but the cooler weather is starkly beautiful, and eminently conducive to a cozy dinner with an ocean view. Regardless of season, a warm coat is always a good idea in this coastal town. In March, Mendocino marks the return of migrating gray whales with the Mendocino Whale Festival, which includes beer and chowder tastings. In November, Feast Mendocino celebrates all things culinary, especially the region’s abundant mushrooms, and offers fungi-focused meals, exhibits, and tours.

What are the top things to do in Mendocino?

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Museum

This historic lighthouse first shone for sailors navigating the Mendocino coast in 1909. It is remarkable for its well-restored Fresnel lens, an enormous four-sided glass light heralded at the time of its invention for how far it could be seen at sea. You can visit the lighthouse, as well as a restored lightkeeper's residence replete with 1930s-era furnishings.

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Coastal trails with dramatic views criss-cross this 347-acre greenbelt atop dramatic bluffs, which is home to marshland, coastal scrub, redwoods, and conifers. At the foot of the cliffs lies secluded Big River Beach, accessible by vehicle via winding, two-lane Highway 1, or on foot via bluffside trails. From November through April, gray whales migrate off the Mendocino coast, and the headlands provide an ideal vantage point for spotting them.

Kelley House Museum

This museum chronicles the history of Mendocino County. Among its permanent exhibits is one devoted to the wreck of the Frolic, a 210-foot brig with a cargo of silk and other goods that ran aground off the coast of Mendocino. Included in the exhibit are artifacts salvaged from the wreck, including shards of ornately decorated dishware, a shoe, and an 1,100-pound cannon.

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