Just a few hours north of San Francisco lies picturesque Mendocino. This area has long been known for its hippies and eccentrics, but more than that, the gorgeous scenery. Mendocino’s majestic ocean front views and redwood canopies can move the traveler with its natural beauty. Just spend one weekend there and you’ll understand how amazing this area is.
After arriving on Highway 1, pull in and pull up a stool at Beacon Light By The Sea. Here you will be greeted by the legendary Bobby Beacon and his Great Dane. Enjoy a drink and one of his stories from his last 80 years as you begin your journey. Take in the breathtaking view before heading further on.
After a long day, settle in for a spectacular meal at Ledford House in Albion. The French country bistro is known for its new California style, featuring local farms and wines with international flavor. Enjoy your steak au poivre while gazing through expansive windows facing the Pacific, as jazz filters through the air. Then head to the Caspar Inn for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Start your day with a stroll through the Village of Mendocino. Enjoy the architecture and galleries as you make your way down to the coastline and the Blowhole. The hole is 60 ft deep and at least as wide again, and it rushes full of ocean waves at high tide. In Fort Bragg grab a hearty breakfast of Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict at Eggheads, then spend the afternoon experiencing the ocean’s beauty and power. Stop in at Liquid Fusion Kayaking on Basin Street to learn the art of white water surf-kayaking. If you’re into a more leisurely sail, head to Catch a Canoe and Bicycles Too and rent an outrigger for meandering up Big River.
If the water isn’t for you, check out the Long Haul Road. The trail now runs a good 3 miles oceanside, and traverses beautiful forest vistas, grassland and wildlife sanctuaries. You can also experience the trail by renting a bike in town. While in town check go see Triangle Tattoo and Museum, where tattoos from 1800, circus skin and ink machines are all on exhibit. Another noteworthy gallery is the Mendocino Art Center, a highly regarded educational and art foundation featuring local and national artists. Along with the galleries are numerous artisan shops, bookstores and boutiques.
At day’s end, treat yourself to a unique dining experience at the Mendo Bistro on North Main. Housed in a former lumber mill store, the restaurant offers delicious meals such as barbeque lamb shoulder with fried tomatoes. Take in their cathedral-like atmosphere, and then head out for a night of jazz at the Headlands Coffee House before retiring.
In the morning, head out of the county and catch brunch at Queenie’s Roadside Cafe on your way home. Enjoy a feast of waffles, fruit and yogurt dressing. As you continue southbound visit Point Arena Lighthouse. Three miles beyond the lighthouse, end your weekend at Schooner Gulch State Beach. Take a stroll down the beach as you get ready to say goodbye to beautiful Mendocino.
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Mendocino is great holiday location, with great food and lots to do, making it a place that’s not to be missed. Book your next RV trip with Mighway and let the journey unfold!