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Mendocino, CA
Travel Guide

Explore the art galleries, trendy boutiques and museums in this refined town on a headland with scenic views of the ocean.

Mendocino is a haven for artists, with spectacular views of bluffs and rock formations. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the headland is in the midst of vineyards, museums and parks. Enjoy the haute culture among the art hangouts and quaint cafés.

Hike along a nature trail during warm summers and mild winters for views of the ocean. Watch the migration of pods of gray whales off the coast from February through April. Among the most scenic sights in the town is Agate Beach, with headlands and offshore rocks. Relax and enjoy the tranquility in this secluded cove.

On the western flank of the town is the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which has beaches, cliffs and a historic home. Visit the park’s iconic Ford House Visitor Center and Museum for the model display of the town in the 1890s. Learn about the intriguing logging industry of the community.

Wander through the blocks of the cultured town center to find the Mendocino Art Center. It offers more than 200 classes each year on topics from ceramics and fiber arts to jewelry and sculpture. Examine the works by local artists in monthly exhibitions.

Explore the displays of the nearby Chinese Taoist Temple of Kwan Tai. This brightly painted red-and-green structure has a museum educating visitors about California’s Chinese history. East of the town center, watch all types of sports games at Friendship Park.

Note that the community is often referred to as Mendocino Village to distinguish it from its namesake county. It has been used for the setting of many movies, including The Karate Kid and The Majestic.

Fly to San Francisco International Airport and drive north for about 175 miles (280 kilometers) to get to this community in northwestern California. Move around this small town on foot or rent mountain bikes. Visit nearby towns, such as Sacramento, Fort Bragg and Santa Rosa.

Mendocino is a sophisticated retreat with art galleries and museums in the heart of wine country.

The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
3 out of 5
45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA
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Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mendocino Headlands State Park and Mendocino Art Center. Agate Beach and Russian Gulch State Park ...

3.7/5Good! (607 reviews)

"Friendly and courteous staff, great location in downtown Mendocino. Hotel is very old but quaint. Could use some upkeep but overall it’s clean and our room was open and spacious. Coastline just steps away from front of hotel and restaurants also close by."…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
The Stanford Inn By The Sea Eco-Resort
The Stanford Inn By The Sea Eco-Resort
4 out of 5
44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA
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Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendocino Headlands State Park, Van Damme State Park, and Friendship Park. Ford House Visitor ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)

"We love this place so very much! We will go back again and again. The view of the ocean, the canoeing on the river and fireplace have us hooked."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

The Stanford Inn By The Sea Eco-Resort
Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
3.5 out of 5
10481 Howard Street, Mendocino, CA
The price is $189 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Kelley House Museum, Mendocino Headlands State Park, and Friendship Park. Ford House ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (87 reviews)
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"Beyond expectations... will be coming back."…"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
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Pacifica Suite - Best Ocean Front, Private & Secluded, NEW Cleaning Standards
Pacifica Suite - Best Ocean Front, Private & Secluded, NEW Cleaning Standards
Mendocino, CA

Situated on the beach, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Mendocino Headlands State Park and Friendship Park. Ford House Visitor ...

5/5Exceptional! (182 reviews)
Breathtakingly Beautiful

"The property was absolutely Amazing!! The views were astounding and we loved opening the sliding glass door and listening to the waves at night. Can't wait to go back!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Pacifica Suite - Best Ocean Front, Private & Secluded, NEW Cleaning Standards
Sweeping ocean views nestled in exquisite private garden
Sweeping ocean views nestled in exquisite private garden
Mendocino, CA

This family-friendly Mendocino vacation home is located by the ocean, just steps from Temple of Kwan Tai and Mendocino Headlands State Park. Kelley House Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (233 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"We had a wonderful stay at this place. The place was beautifully appointed, clean, and functional. My kids had a wonderful time exploring the lush gardens. The ocean views from the property were awesome!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Sweeping ocean views nestled in exquisite private garden
Ocean Front Luxury.  Main Street Mendocino.
Ocean Front Luxury. Main Street Mendocino.
Mendocino, CA

Located in the heart of Mendocino, this family-friendly apartment building is steps from Mendocino Headlands State Park, Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)
Beautiful Mendocino

"Great location overlooking the ocean. Inside is comfortable and very nicely decorated. Great deck that overlooks the ocean with table and chairs. Had a great stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2021

Ocean Front Luxury. Main Street Mendocino.
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