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One of north California’s favorite getaways, Mendocino oozes quintessential American seaside charm. White picket fences border sea air weathered Victorian homes, lovingly converted to houses for weary urban evacuees who make their escapes on weekends. Its coastal bluffs provide a tranquil backdrop for vacationers seeking respite, and natural splendor for artists seeking inspiration. Here you can watch grey whales migrate, explore national parks, or fine dine overlooking haunting vistas. A city of heritage and modern convenience, Mendocino Village is a haven in every sense.

Home to some of the best scenery in the city, Headlands State Park offers acres of unspoiled coastline. Here craggy cliffs and tucked away beaches are connected with relaxed trails, where wild flowers, thriving wildlife, and remarkable landscapes will take your breath away. Cradled beneath green bluffs, Agate Beach is one of Mendocino’s more hidden away beauty spots. Amateur treasure hunters come here to scour the shore for pieces of agate. If all that leaves you feeling inspired, grab your brushes and visit the Mendocino Art Center. With an array of retreat-style classes, artists of every level come to immerse themselves in a variety of mediums - from fine art and sculpture, to ceramics and jewelry. The Taoist Temple of Kwan Tai was built by Mendocino’s Chinese community over 150 years ago. Inside, the mint green redwood hut is vibrantly adorned with traditional Chinese art, paying homage to the god of war.

Hotels in Mendocino

A seaside holiday favorite, you’ll find hotels in Mendocino to suit every pocket and preference. Much of the accommodation here comes in the form of charm-laden Victorian homes, set within prim and pretty gardens. Whether you opt for a B&B or a self catering rental, many come decorated in classical flowery style, complete with four poster beds and porch seaside views. You won’t be without the mod-cons however – expect cable television and internet access to keep you connected in the midst of idyll. There are one or two more modern hotels in Mendocino if you’re more about style, along with a few budget options too.

Where to stay

Wherever your hotel in Mendocino happens to be, the city’s walkability makes getting about easy. Whether you’re exploring its natural attractions or visiting the gentle buzz of its downtown district, the stroll is always picturesque. The whitewashed and weatherboard Downtown is home to the city’s ever vibrant galleries, where local artists display and sell their works. After a browse, quaint boutiques provide relaxed shopping, while a top notch collection of eateries offer everything from organic fare to delicious pastries. If you’re looking to explore more of the county however, you will need a car. Nearby Russian Gulch State Park and Montgomery Woods, an ancient Redwood Forest, are certainly worth the effort.

How to get to Mendocino

Mendocino’s nearest major airports are all a little out of the way. Most visitors choose to fly into San Francisco International or Oakland International, rent a car, and then drive to the city. The journey is somewhat lengthy, taking a good 4 hours if you’re coming from San Francisco. Such is Mendocino’s appeal however, it’s not enough discourage the Bay Area residents who visit for their weekend getaways. The quickest route is to take Highway 101 and then 128, before merging onto Highway 1 which goes straight into town. If you’re not pushed for time, taking Pacific Coast Highway 1 the entire way is a more scenic alternative.

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