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Mendocino: no mystery why it
When the producers of TV's Murder She Wrote were looking for the perfect stand-in for the fictional New England coastal village of Cabot Cove, they found it about 3,000 miles this side of the East Coast in the Northern California community of Mendocino. So it's no mystery that, with all of the TV exposure, Mendocino has become one of the most popular getaways on the California coast.

The series ran 12 years altogether, filming its last episode in 1996. During that time, 264 episodes were broadcast to millions of viewers each week, each segment serving up a good helping of scenery in and around Mendocino. Interestingly there were just nine episodes actually filmed in the town the other 255 shows used stock exterior footage the producers grabbed while in town for those nine shoots.
Mendocino Lodging
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Coast Guard House Historic Inn
695 Arena Cove / P O Box 117
Point Arena, CA  95468
Ph: 707-882-2442   Fx: 707-882-3233
High TripAdvisor Ranking
A charming inn overlooking the Pacific, Coast Guard House has stood on a bluff over-looking the rugged Mendocino Coast for over a hundred years. The inn, a 1901 Cape Cod, was once home to brave sea rescuers who performed their duties just a few hundred feet away. Today it is a peaceful bed and breakfast inn featuring rooms with fireplaces in the main building and two private cottages with fireplaces and whirlpool spas for two. In the tradition of turn-of-the-century craftsmen, we have decorated with comfortable furnishings, quality linens, and the work of local artists and craftspeople.
MacCallum House Inn
45020 Albion Street PO Box 206
Mendocino, CA  95460
Ph: 707-937-0289   
Located in the heart of the tranquil Mendocino Village, MacCallum House is private and secluded, set on two beautifully landscaped acres of vibrant gardens. The historic landmark Victorian estate is enhanced by an award winning restaurant and bar. The property includes the famed MacCallum Suites, a four-star luxury mansion on the highest hill in Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean, private cottages and vacation homes. Perfect for a romantic retreat, family reunion or small wedding. This property features a private meeting room and a full gourmet catering kitchen.
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