Mendocino, CA

Travel Guide
North Coast California

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.

Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
3.5 out of 5
10481 Howard Street, Mendocino, CA, 95460
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Stay at this 3.5-star B&B in Mendocino. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (119 reviews)
"Rooms were beautiful. Very clean. Excellent value. Great location. Our room (201) didn't have an ocean view unfortunately, but was beautiful nonetheless."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
3 out of 5
45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA, 95460
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Mendocino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (774 reviews)
"The staff was Very friendly and fun to look at the decor filled with antiques."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Hill House Inn
Hill House Inn
2.5 out of 5
10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino, CA, 95460
Stay at this hotel in Mendocino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Friendship ...
3.8/5 Good! (884 reviews)
"It was over all just a pleasant experience. I would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Hill House Inn
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Sweetwater Inn and Spa
Sweetwater Inn and Spa
3.5 out of 5
44840 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, 95460
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly cabin in Mendocino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (90 reviews)
"It was great finding a place where I could walk around Mendocino. Great experience!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Sweetwater Inn and Spa
Mendocino Grove
Mendocino Grove
2.5 out of 5
9601 California 1, Mendocino, CA, 95460
Stay at this cabin in Mendocino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fireplace in the lobby. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Bit of Heaven
"So great! Staff was so kind and responsive! Bed was like a cloud. Glamping tent clean and had everything we needed"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Mendocino Grove
Mendocino View West
Mendocino View West
3.5 out of 5
44920 Little Lake Road, Mendocino, CA, 95460
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Mendocino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Friendship Park and Kelley House Museum are ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
"This place was very scary not friendly not conducive to any types of welcoming arrived late only after both speaking to the hotel directly AND having expedia contact them at 3 PM . During both phone calls we were told to pick up welcome package at the front door on the right hand side and their key ..."

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Mendocino View West
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