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Oceanfront Getaway on Mendocino CoastOceanfront cottage on the bluff-top with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Mendocino Coast. We have our own tide pools! Great location - private yet convenient to downtown Fort Bragg. Only 5 miles from Mendocino. Sleep to rushing waves in our sunny & peaceful house. Wi-fi, full kitchen and all appliances. Renovated kitchen & bathroom. Amazing sunsets and great stargazing! Rates include all Mendocino County lodging taxes.
Mendocino Coast Cliffside Cottage—Sea CloudWe are open! And Sea Cloud is the perfect place to relax & renew. Our cottage nests cosily on a high bluff with breathtaking panoramas of the ocean, at the junction of Anderson Valley wineries & the majestic coast. Sit on the deck or take a soak in a hot tub under the stars. A short drive takes you to historic Mendocino village. A Zagat-rated restaurant is steps away! Our calendar respects 72-hour period in-between guests. Price includes 11% county tax.
Mendocino Outdoor Activity HubHome is located right around the corner from the Russian Gulch State Park with only a 5 min walk to the parks entrance and its hiking trails. Location is also one mile away from Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and 2 miles to the Mendocino Village and Caspar Beach. Within driving distance to many other coastal attractions, including wine tasting, hiking, kayaking, fishing, redwoods, Fort Bragg and many other activities. Access to many premier mountain biking trails is right across the highway.
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.
The Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa is the closest airport to Mendocino, a two-hour drive northwest. Depending on where you’re traveling from, you may have more luck finding a flight into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is a three-hour drive from Mendocino. Either way, opt for a rental car, which is essential for exploring the town and surrounding area. The scenic drive to Mendocino is part of the fun, particularly along Highway 128 (nicknamed Wine Road for its many notable tasting rooms) and the iconic and cinematic Highway 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.