Mendocino County is a large and sparsely populated with less than 90,000 people living throughout this lovely and diverse county. Its a picturesque collection of small towns, coastal villages, redwood forests and wine country vineyards with lots of open space in between. With an easy going pace, and many opportunities to explore. From outdoor activities to hike, bike, kayak and beachcombing -to- indoor activities from live theater, museums, galleries and of course, enjoying your stay in one of our unique inns.
Where is Mendocino? Mendocino County is in Northern California, half way between San Francisco and the Oregon Border. Hwy 101 and Hwy 1 (coastal route) run the length, north to south.
Mendocino County is a sparsely populated collection of
picturesque villages, forests and vineyards.
The quaint villages of Albion (pronounced AL-BEE-INN) and Elk are found on either side of where Hwy 128 meets the Pacific Ocean. If you're turning south on Hwy 1 from 128, you'll discover the offbeat village of Elk. It's a lively close-knit community and one of the most pleasant oceanfront hideaways you'll ever find. This charming hamlet is perched high above the Pacific Ocean on sparsely populated scenic bluffs.
Places to Stay in Albion & Elk
Inn Schoolhouse Creek & Cliffside Cottages
Great selection of ocean view cottages at the Inn or on the "Cliffside". Complete with kitchens, gas or wood burning fireplace stoves, King &/or Queen Bed(s) and a private deck or yard.
Fort Bragg is a rustic seaside town with a working fishing harbor, beautiful State Parks on the beach and in the redwood forests. You'll find a great selection of interesting shops, everything from grocery stores to stylish boutiques. Fort Bragg is best known for the Skunk Train, it's an old Time Train that takes you on a redwood forest journey without having to hike. Just south of Fort Bragg, on the ocean side of Hwy 1, is a "Must See" for any flower lover, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are the only oceanfront botanical gardens in America.
Places to Stay in Fort Bragg
Pelican's Pier Vacation Rental
Pelican's Pier Vacation Rental
This three bedroom home in Fort Bragg, enjoys magnificent ocean views from the large picture windows, wrap around deck and the private hot tub. Full kitchen, gas fireplace, gas BBQ grill, washer and dryer and a game room with bumper pool and darts. Kid and pet friendly.
Ocean View Lodge
Spectacular views from the comfort of your spacious ocean front room. Relax in your in-room whirlpool spa in front of the fireplaces or on your private patio with a 180º White Water Oceanview overlooking Fort Bragg's best beach.
Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf
Spacious rooms boast gorgeous granite counters, cherry wood furnishings, upscale linens and comfortable beds. Some upper floor rooms offer either direct or indirect views of the ocean (1/4 mile from ocean bluffs). Some rooms have Romantic Jetted spa tubs for two and electric Fireplaces. On-site Mini Golf and Gameroom. Kid Friendly
Coast Inn and Spa
All rooms are non-smoking with Free wi-fi. Suites include refrigerator, microwave, spa tub, in-room coffee, fireplace. Some pet-friendly rooms, as well as guest laundry, on-site day spa and organic health food!
Modern waterfront motel rooms located in the Noyo Harbor with river and ocean views. Your private deck extending over the river, imagine that - you can't get any closer to the water without falling in.
Howard Creek Ranch
In the rural seaside hamlet of Westport, you'll find this eclectic B&B. Located on 60 private acres with ocean and mountain trails, magical gardens and sandy beaches a short stroll away. Every room is rustic and unique. Private cottages are available too! Farm fresh country breakfasts are included.
Little River has an unique attraction in its Van Damme State Park. There are three distinct parts to this park; the beach is a favorite for kayakers and abalone divers. The east portion of the park features a paved trail through picturesque towering redwoods that progresses into a hiking trail that loops through a pygmy forest. The nutrient-poor, highly acidic clay hardpan soil that is found at this level of the Mendocino Coast terrain is relatively inhospitable. As a result, the trees are dwarfed; some mature trees are barely waist-high even though they are hundreds of years old.
Places to Stay in Little River
Cottages at Little River Cove
Situated high on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, nine cottages offer private accommodations, fireplaces, modern full kitchens and baths, free Wi-Fi, comfortable bedrooms, amazing ocean views, BBQ area and more.
Little River Inn ~ LITTLE RIVER
Across from a sandy beach, this full service resort offers award-winning dining, oceanview bar, day spa, tennis courts, golf course and spacious rooms with expansive ocean views, with fireplaces, luxurious tile bathrooms with large Jacuzzis, wet bars and refrigerators. Upstairs rooms have king beds and balconies, downstairs rooms have one king or two queen beds and decks. Some rooms are pet friendly.
Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
Stay on Mendocino's quiet side. This Historic 1860's farmhouse has rooms and cottages that sprawl across 8 acres of
garden meadows, with hot tub and beach access. cChoose from a nice selection of forest and ocean views.
Mendocino (pronounced "MEN-DOUGH-SEA-NO", although locals usually shorten it to "Men-dough"), is the only town on the California Coast designated as an Historical Landmark. Established in the 1850's with architecture reminiscent of grand Victorians and quaint Saltbox cottages of Maine. Surrounded by crashing waves and flowered covered bluff trails. Quaint shops and functioning water towers with flower covered picket fences, line the tranquil streets.
Places to Stay in Mendocino
Sea Rock Inn
This bed and breakfast with cottages is perched within beautifully landscaped flower gardens on a hill overlooking the sea. All of the suites have spectacular panoramic ocean views of waves crashing on the rocky cliffs of Mendocino Headlands Park. Includes Breakfast.
Blue Door Group - Inns of Mendocino
Offering comfort and elegance by the sea, with 19 Mendocino bed and breakfast rooms spread across three Victorian inns in the heart of Mendocino. Packard House, JD House, and Blue Door Inn are located within a few blocks of each other and the magnificent oceanside cliffs, shops, and restaurants.
Sweetwater Inn & Spa
Sweetwater Inn & Spa offers private cottages, watertower suites and vacation homes with fireplaces, off street parking, and some with private hot tubs. Their guests enjoy free hot tub and sauna privileges and discounts at their on-site day spa.
Stanford Inn By The Sea
Offering superior rooms, with wood burning fireplaces, panoramic views of the ocean, our gardens and the village of Mendocino, enclosed year-round pool, sauna and spa, kayak, canoe and bicycle rentals plus a complimentary gourmet breakfast cooked to order.
Agate Cove Inn
"Words can barely convey the almost surreal splendor of the view from the inn's front lawn, a sweeping unfettered vista of the sea and its surging waves crashing onto the dramatic bluffs"
FROMMERS GUIDE - Mendocino
Mendocino Preferred Vacation Rentals
Vacation rentals that make for perfect getaways...
On a dramatic oceanfront bluff, set back from the ocean with an awesome ocean view...
or tucked away in majestic redwoods, mysterious "Pygmy" forest or in a peaceful meadow.
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Enjoy oceanfront magic, at the only Bed and Breakfast on the Mendocino Headlands with direct beach access. Ocean view rooms and cottages, fireplaces, decks, a hot tub and a path to Mendocino's Big River beach.
Mendocino's South Coast runs from Irish Beach to Gualala. The locals pronounce it "Wah-Lah-Lah". Gualala is the Native American Pomo word for "water coming down place". This area is appropriately named because of the Gualala River that flows majestically into the pacific ocean creating a wide river mouth.
Places to Stay on the South Coast
Serenisea ~ Vacation Homes
All Serenisea Cottages and Vacation Homes are fully equipped with linens, cookware, dishes, and firewood. Most have fireplaces or woodstoves, and hot tubs. Many have access to sandy beaches or tidepools.
Mendocino Wine Country begins about 90 miles north of San Francisco in the inland valleys of Mendocino County. Due to the varied terrain and expansive range of micro climates, Mendocino produces an impressive variety of grapes that create superior wines. The Mendocino Wine Tasting Tour is best traveled in a loop, beginning on Highway 101, in the quaint little town of Hopland, head west toward the coast, then Hwy 128 to enjoy the wines of Anderson Valley.
Places to Stay in Mendocino Wine Country
Terra Sávia offers Bordeaux varietals, several styles of Chardonnay and distinctive dry Sparkling Wine. Producing high quality estate grown organic wines at reasonable prices.
Vichy Springs Resort Spa
The only naturally warm and carbonated mineral baths in North America. Overnight guests in the bed & breakfast and cottages enjoy a full buffet breakfast and use of the famous "champagne" baths, hot soaking pool and Olympic size swimming pool (in the summer).
Testa Ranch Winery and Vacation Rental
The Testa Ranch Guest House was built in 1927. Three beautiful bedrooms. Bathroom with a tile shower & original claw-foot bathtub and addition shower bath short walk from house. (Two Bath) It also features a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer, sleeping porch, dining room, wireless internet, and cable television. There is also a large fishing pond and rowboat for your enjoyment.