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.