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Mendocino County, CA

Mendocino Village is situated on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by picturesque wildflower covered bluffs and crashing surf. Established in the 1850's, many of the New England style Victorians have been lovingly restored into romantic Bed & Breakfast Inns, world class restaurants and quaint shops. Many movies have been filmed in and around Mendocino, as well as the Jessica Fletcher television series, "Murder She Wrote".

Things to do:

Abalone Diving -- The rocky and scenic Mendocino coastline features extensive kelp forests providing excellent abalone and fish habitat.

Gardens, Public & Private -- 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.

Outdoor Recreation -- Horseback riding on the beach, kayaking to sea caves, cycling to a cliffside picnic, canoeing a river, hiking, golfing...active visitors are never bored here.

Historic 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.

California 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.

Farmers 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 visiting anglers.

Whale Watching -- From November-March, watch the gray whale migration from land or sea. In March, celebrate the leviathans with the Mendocino Whale Festival.

Just two miles south, you'll discover the relaxed atmosphere of Little River. Combining a beautiful coastline and Fern Canyons with fabulous lodging and restaurants, you've found the perfect getaway from the hectic pace! For fun, you can snorkel off Van Damme, stroll along sandy beaches or enjoy a round of golf with an ocean view.

The quaint seaside village of Elk is the best-kept secret on the Mendocino Coast. The spectacular views from the oceanfront Bed & Breakfast Inns and cottages are absolutely breathtaking and inspiring. This picturesque hamlet perched upon the bluffs, offers everything from an upscale wine & martini bar to an Irish pub and dinner house. Plus, exquisite ocean view dining to casual Cafe's with California cuisine along Mendocino's South Coast you'll discover Manchester and a Beautiful lighthouse in Point Arena.

The Mendocino Coast is one of the most beautifully romantic areas of California.


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