Pacific Coast—Rolling Down Route 1 From Mendocino to Bodega Bay California

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State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast in California. We recently drove it for approximately 100 miles from Mendocino to Bodega Bay. The vertigo-inducing twisty coastal route traces steep cliffs, secluded beaches and occasional fishing/tourist towns along the Pacific coast. The road is slow going but very rewarding. While gas is available, we still [Read more …]

Mendocino Walking Tour

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Mendocino on the northern California Pacific coast is a beautiful small historic town that attracts nature lovers of all kind. Actually, Mendocino isn’t a town at all—but an unincorporated slice of Mendocino County. But for convenience, we will continue to refer to it as a “town”. While we have visited Mendocino many times, we wanted [Read more …]

Mendocino California Hikes and Parks


Mendocino is a small unincorporated area on the northern California Pacific coast. It has breathtaking views. While it is neither a town nor a city, we will refer to it as a town for simplicity. The lovely town and its headlands have been designated a National Historic Area and are well worth spending some time [Read more …]

Mendocino California Restaurants–Updated 2021

We love good food with fresh local ingredients. If you are looking for a place to eat in the Mendocino California area, you might want to check out some of our favorite places. And you can tell, we return to our favorites time and time again. Wild Fish Wild Fish is a short car ride [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

Mendocino shore line

We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens, and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll, [Read more …]

Mendocino Area Parks and Walks

Glass Beach-cliffs

On our way to the annual Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships (see subsequent posts) we made a brief two-day detour through the Anderson Valley to Mendocino. While Anderson Valley Winery stops and Mendocino restaurants are discussed in our previous post, this post focuses on the walks we took through the village and especially, in three [Read more …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

We were recently on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino and made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships). Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver Oak’s Anderson Valley tasting [Read more …]

A Three-Day Pilgrimage to the Mendocino Coast

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Okay, “pilgrimage” may be an overstatement. But we do love the tiny, lovely town (all of which has been designated a National Historic Area). We also love the awesome coastline (although it is quite a challenging drive) and even the inland drive to Mendocino, through the lovely Anderson Valley wine region (although you do have [Read more …]