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A favorite weekend getaway for Northern California Bay Area residents, the town of Mendocino is located on the coast of Mendocino County. The town has long been a haven for artists, and is famous for its art galleries as well as its restaurants and trendy shops. It is smaller and more "refined" than its blue collar neighbor to the North, Fort Bragg.


The city is sometimes called Mendocino Village to differentiate it from Mendocino County.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest international airports are in San Francisco, Oakland, and now Santa Rosa. Little River Airport is a small county-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Little River, in Mendocino County.

By car[edit]

From the Bay Area, the most scenic drive to Mendocino is on coastal Highway 1, winding through western Marin County and Sonoma County. A faster but less impressive alternative is to take highway 101 to the junction with tiny state Highway 128 just north of Cloverdale, then 128 to 1, about 2 miles south of the town proper. This route takes you through the Anderson Valley, which is one of Mendocino County's main wine-growing regions. Mendocino is about 165 miles north of San Francisco.

From the north, it's easiest to take Highway 1 south from highway 101 at near Garberville, through Fort Bragg. An alternate is taking state highway 20 west from Willits to Fort Bragg, then south to Mendocino.

Get around[edit]

The town is easily walkable, but you will want a car for visiting nearby beaches and sights. The Headlands, the bluffs on the west end of town, are only a half-mile from the eastern part of town, which is only several blocks from north to south. Mountain bikes are another fun option.


A favorite pastime from mid-December to early May is whale watching. Pods of Grey Whales are visible off the coast, migrating to and from their winter home in Mexico.


  • 1 Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway One, +1 707-964-4352, . 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. A seaside garden on 47 acres. It is open daily and admission is $15.00. General admission is $15.
  • Skunk Train. A train that goes into the redwood forest. It is a fun family trip.
  • Mendocino Film Festival, +1 707 937-0171. The Mendocino Film Festival takes place every spring in the town of Mendocino and showcases independent films by the sea. Filmmakers often attend to talk about the journey of creating the idea for a film through to you, the viewer. There is so much variety in the choices of independent films that it won't be hard to find many that appeal to you. NEW venues have been added in addition to historic Crown Hall. Now film goers in Point Arena will see films at the also historic and very cool Arena Theater and the Fort Bragg community will view films at Coast Cinema. Mendocino Film Festival (Q33078452) on Wikidata
  • Mendocino Music Festival (Two Weeks Every July), Mendocino Headlands State Park, +1 707 937-4041. Evenings 8PM, Days 3PM. In the iconic 16,000 square foot Performance Hall Tent overlooking the Pacific Ocean you'll enjoy classical music from The Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Allan Pollack - many of the professional musicians come from the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, every year music and dance offerings include Celtic music, Big Band music with a jazz flavor, Bluegrass, World music, Chamber music, jazz, and the Emerging Artists Concert. You'll also love The Piano Series, JazzSeries, and intimate village concerts at various venues in Mendocino and Fort Bragg. It's an eclectic festival that also offers picnic tables outside the tent for you to partake of delicious Mendocino County wines and dinner before your concert. Various Prices. Mendocino Music Festival (Q6816691) on Wikidata Mendocino Music Festival on Wikipedia


  • Gallery Bookshop (& Bookwinkle's Children's Books, added in 1988). Since 1962 has been one of the main attractions of this town for visitors and locals alike. The bookstore has earned its reputation for great service and selection- something for everyone. Under new ownership from September, 2006, the store continues to prosper and serve as a meeting place. There are children who found their first books here now bringing in their own children to enjoy the space. There is a fantastic view of Mendocino Bay from the front windows, and Mendocino Headlands State Park (complete with picnic benches for reading and eating) is only steps away.


  • 955 Ukiah, +1 707 937-1955. Mendocino chic, next door to Cafe Beaujolais and equally good
  • Albion River Inn, +1 707 937-1919. Ocean views, piano music
  • Café Beaujolais, +1 707 937-5614. International reputation, Italian-leaning menu in an intimate setting
  • Ledford House, +1 707 937-0282. Sunset dining, mellow jazz
  • Little River Inn Restaurant, +1 707 937-5942. Ocean view bar, fine dining
  • MacCallum House Restaurant, +1 707 937-5763. Café, bar & fine dining set in an old in with lots of atmosphere
  • Mendo Bistro, +1 707 964-4974. Eclectic menu, reasonable $1
  • Moosse Cafe, +1 707 937-4323. Great soups & salads, with a full dinner menu
  • Ravens, +1 707 937-5615. Vegetarian
  • Rendezvous Inn, +1 707 964-8142. Intimate, attention to detail (
  • Restaurant at Stevenswood Lodge, +1 707 937-2810. Exceptional cuisine
  • Sharon's by the Sea, +1 707 962-0680. A harbor-side dining treat
  • Victorian Gardens, +1 707 882-3606. Worth the drive


  • Mendocino Wine Co., 45070 Main St, +1-800-860-3347. Pleasant tasting room right in town, featuring the various wines of the Parducci Winery.


There are several inns in the Mendocino Village. In addition to the many Bed and Breakfasts in town, there are a number of rental properties in the area. These tend to be booked on holiday and summer weekends, but many bargains are available off season.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Mendocino
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