We usually go to Mendocino in January – to enjoy a quiet small town and have a look at a wild stormy sea.
This year, it was all warm, sunny and calm. I thought to show you some of the town. It’s a great place to stroll and visit the shops, galleries and restaurants.
The view to the ocean is always available from Main Street.
There’s a small park across the street above the Big River. Waves crash on the rocks at the ocean and might distract you from shopping.
One of our repeated ‘activities’ over the years is to stop at the Mendocino Hotel Cafe and have an olallieberry cobbler with ice cream and Irish/Mexican/French/etc coffee.
While most shops and galleries are on Main Street (including a book store and science store with binoculars looking out to the ocean) and Lansing Street homes many restaurants and a great grocery store – don’t miss the side streets. You don’t know what you’ll find. Check out the doorways, gardens, alleys and remember to look up.
And how many towns have a Chinese Taoist Temple? Here’s a picture of the Mendocino Joss House. Please note the wide steep front steps.
Mendocino has many hotels and bed and breakfast inns, but real people live here too. (We were inundated with high schoolers when we stopped in Mendosa’s for our picnic lunch.) Given the meters on the side of the building, I think this is an apartment house.
This is such a small look at the town – it is amazing – any time of year. If you come in spring, summer, fall the gardens will be full of flowers. There’s a headland to be hiked. And an Art Center on Little Lake Street at Kasten Street. It’s no wonder it was Cabot Cove and in ton of movies. Our first visit was during the filming of Racing the Moon with Elizabeth McGovern and Sean Penn, when we all much younger.
Maybe next January, there’ll be a storm!
See you on the trail!
Words by Lynn Millar, photos by Mike Millar – available upon request.
Link to April 2012 visit Walking the Mendocino Coast
Or try our January 2011 trip that includes the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
How the Mendocino looks when the weather is not so perfect.
Oh yeah, we stayed in Elk this year at the Elk Cove Inn. That beach down there is Greenwood State Beach.