The magnificent Mendocino Coast is noted for its spectacular ocean views and charming Victorian villages dotting the scenic coastline. Mendocino village is situated on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by picturesque wildflower covered bluffs and crashing surf. Established in the 1850s, many of the New England style Victorians have been lovingly restored into romantic inns, world class restaurants and quaint shops. It takes about an hour to stroll the town if you aren’t lured into shopping along the way. The entire village of Mendocino is designated as a National Historic District.
The harbor town of Fort Bragg is best known for the Skunk train that takes its riders on a trip through the redwoods and back in time. The harbor in Noyo bustles with activity from fishermen bringing in their daily catch and charter boats that offer fishing and whale watching adventures. The flowers meets the sea at the Botanical Gardens, a nature lover’s paradise. The 47-acre Gardens host several major fundraisers each year Art in the Gardens and Winesong! top the list and are always fun, well-attended events.
Just two miles south of Mendocino, you’ll discover the relaxed atmosphere of Little River with its beautiful coastline and fern canyons. For fun you can snorkel off Van Damme, stroll sandy beaches or enjoy a round of golf with an ocean view.
Outdoor activities also include mountain biking, horseback riding on the beach with Ricochet Ridge Ranch, hiking through the redwoods, canoeing, birding and guided llama treks. A trip to the beautifully restored Point Cabrillo Lighthouse with its Third Order Fresnel lens is a must. The Lighthouse continues to operate 24 hours per day as a navigational aid. This is where the clipper brig Frolic ran aground and the best place to hear about this intriguing piece of history. Her story is among the most fascinating in California shipwreck history and the site is currently under consideration as a State underwater park.
Mendocino County is home to more than a third of all certified organic vineyard acreage in California and has about 50 wineries on three different tour routes. If you’re coming to the coast from the north, you can visit the Redwood Valley and Ukiah area wineries and from the south, you’ll be driving through beautiful Anderson Valley. Timeless communities and rugged natural splendor invite journeying. Winding country roads connect these diverse regions, each with its own unique personality. You can experience small, boutique wineries with limited productions of outstanding and rare varietals and passionate winemakers skilled in their craft.
Experience the Magic of Mendocino wine country with Mendocino Wine Tours.