- Abalone Diving
-- The rocky and scenic Mendocino coastline features
extensive kelp forests providing excellent abalone
and fish habitat.
- Gardens, Public &
Many inns, shops, galleries and restaurants keep
charming vegetable and flower gardens which also
delight passersby; the Mendocino Coast Botanical
Gardens are inspiring in all seasons. Two annual
spring garden tours show off the best of the coast.
- Camping --
Private campgrounds and state parks, beaches and
forests -- campers have an enviable array of options
from which to choose.
Horseback riding on the beach, kayaking to sea
caves, cycling to a cliffside picnic, canoeing a
river, hiking, golfing...active visitors are never
Buildings -- Much of
the coast's mid-19th century architecture has
landmark status; the entire town of Mendocino is on
the National Register of Historic Places. The annual
Historic House & Building Tour points admirers in
the right direction.
Only-on-the-Coast Events --
The World's Largest Salmon Barbecue. The Mendocino
Whale Festival. The Fort Bragg Whale Festival. The
Great Rubber Ducky Race. Winesong. Paul Bunyan Days.
Plus many, many more, as unusual as they are fun.
- Family Fun --
Many of the coast's events and activities are geared
for families, and many accommodations welcome kids
with open arms.
Western Railroad's "Skunk Train" --
Let a vintage steam or diesel locomotive take you
through the redwoods, as they have done for decades.
- Visual &
Performing Arts -- The
Mendocino Coast has long attracted artists, writers
and musicians; a plethora of galleries and
performances of the highest caliber are the happy
result. Visitors may also sign up for classes at the
Mendocino Art Center.
Markets -- The
Mendocino Coast can fill your market basket with
fine wine, beer, wild mushrooms, organic produce,
cheeses, mustard, kelp pickles, coffee, jellies and
many other local delectables. Farmers markets are
open spring through fall and offer a colorful and
delicious sightseeing option.
- Let's Go
Fishing -- From a boat
on the ocean, from the bank of a creek, there are
plenty of Big Ones out there just waiting for
Watching -- From
November-March, watch the gray whale migration from
land or sea. In March, celebrate the leviathans with
the Mendocino Whale Festival.
Legacy -- Lumber
barons built many of the coast's towns in the last
century, and the timber business is still a strong
presence today. Start with a visit to the Guest
House Museum in Fort Bragg to explore the redwood
Mendocino Coast -- A
pampering spa, a private, cliffside cottage
furnished in antiques, stylish shops and
Restaurants...it's easy to indulge any first-class
urging on the Mendocino Coast.
With a cozy inn, crackling in-room fireplace, fine
local wine, the roar of the ocean and plenty of
solitude, the Mendocino Coast offers couples all
that is conducive to romance. There are plenty of
memorable spots to hold a wedding as well, and local
wedding planners to see to the details.
- Pre- or
Post-Convention Getaway --
Just an afternoon's drive north of San Francisco via
Coast Highway One, the Mendocino Coast is the
perfect tag-on to a city convention.
Restaurants -- Clever
chefs are turning out elegant meals in the coast's
many restaurants, which range from humble bakeries
to trendy "celebrity" spots. Fresh, local
ingredients, such as seafood and produce, are
Connection -- From
East of Eden to The Summer of '42, dozens of movies
have been (and continue to be) filmed here. Scouting
out the sites of famous scenes is somewhat of a
hobby with travelers.
Rentals Alternative --
Great for families or anyone wanting the convenience
of more space and a full kitchen, vacation rentals
continue to gain popularity.
Products -- Outdoor
furniture crafted from regional redwood, fine
woodworking pieces, hand-crafted pottery, fabrics,
sculpture...there are many made-on-the-coast
souvenirs to take home.
Season Hideaway --
December brings a candlelight tour of bed &
breakfast inns, an evening lights parade, festive
decorations and a cozy escape from the chaos.