SKUNK TRAIN ~ Travel through HistoryThe Skunk line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits on US Highway 101. Along the way, the tracks cross some 30 bridges and trestles and pass through two deep mountain tunnels and majestic redwood forests. The half-way point of Northspur is popular lunch spot, giving passengers a chance to snack before continuing to Willits or heading back to Fort Bragg.
Attractions, Activities and Arts
Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches on the Mendocino Coast, if not the world. Not only because nature created it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes.
Located on 47 Ocean Front acres, this magnificent landscape includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, a closed-cone pine forest and a varied array of floral and plant collections. Bring a picnic and enjoy these gardens by the sea!
Skunk Train Rides
Along the way, the Skunk Train crosses some 30 bridges, trestles and through two deep mountain tunnels and majestic redwood forests. The half-way point of Northspur is a popular lunch spot, before heading back to Fort Bragg or continuing on to Willits.
Pt. Arena Lighthouse ~ Point Arena
Open for public tours, the museum is located in the Fog Signal Building, includes displays of historical equipment and pictures, Coast Guard and ship wreck artifacts and charts, geographical maps and information on the area, and examples of local plants, birds, and whales.
Mendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by gentle trails that meander along the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of sea arches, ancient blow holes, hidden grottos and the ever changing Pacific Ocean.
Vichy Springs Spa Resort
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).
Little River Inn Golf
Tee off with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Set among noble redwoods, our unique and challenging course is great for golfers of all levels. We also offer two lighted tennis courts available at no charge to our guests.
GO FISHING... Charter a Boat & Skipper
Noyo Harbor offers lots of fishing opportunities. You'll find several charter boats that offer fun sport fishing adventures, great whale watching tours and party charter boats for larger groups.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Join our knowledgeable docents for a leisurely stroll through the meadows and along the windswept bluffs of the 300 acre Point Cabrillo Preserve. You'll learn a little coastal ecology and some Mendocino history including the story of the Frolic, the 1850 shipwreck that changed the north coast forever.
Drive Thru Tree
Located 175 miles north of San Francisco at the junction of US 101 and Coast Highway 1, lies the tiny hamlet of Leggett known worldwide as the home of the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree.
Mendo ART Insider Tours
Mendocino has drawn artists to its shores for over 50 years. Their work can be seen throughout Mendocino, but only Mendo Insider Tours takes you to the heart of creativity as we explore the personal home studios of these artistically talented individuals.
Ricochet Ridge Ranch
Horseback riding along deserted Ten Mile Beach, through Redwood forests or ranches overlooking the ocean. Adventure Vacations and daily trail rides for beginner through advanced riders, English or Western. "Outside Magazine" called them one of the "Top 25 Vacations of a Lifetime!"
Mendocino Art Center & Gallery
Explore the arts! Take a class, listen to a concert, enjoy the theater, relax in the gardens, view our exhibits, buy a piece of local art, talk with artists, go on a garden tour, join the fun. There's always something going on.
Best View of Mendocino
Picture postcard view of Mendocino Village from across the bay! Mendocino Bay Overlook offers a spectacular view of the village of Mendocino from south of Big River. Located off Road 500B/Brewery Gulch Drive immediately south of Mendocino (after the bridge).>> Click for Map.
Emerald Mini Golf
A fun yet challenging mix of miniature golf with holes around & through streams, fountains and a two sided water fall! Sure to delight people of all ages.They have a Snack Shack and Arcade and a great place for kid parties.
Roots of Motive Power
Roots of Motive Power (Roots) preserves and restores steam- and diesel-powered equipment used in the California north coast logging industry from the 1850s to the present, located in Willits.
A collective of Mendocino painters, sculptors, jewelers, glass artists, potters, photographers, fabric artists, silk screeners, weavers, beaders, candlemakers, and haberdashers from Mendocino County.
The Home of Mystery, Fun, and Family Entertainment since 1949. There is the World Famous Gravity House, the Redwood Shoe house, the Worlds Largest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving and the unique miniature Mountain Train Ride to enjoy.
SEABISCUIT ~ Slept Here!
Thought you might like to know; Seabiscuit, subject of the critically acclaimed major motion picture and America's favorite race horse in the 1930's, lived between Willits and Ukiah.
Murder She Wrote
The popular television series starring Angela Lansbury, features the exteriors of Mendocino Village. A Victorian bed and breakfast in Mendocino was used as Jessica Fletcher's home in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Ford House Museum
Constructed in 1854, this home today houses a visitor center for Mendocino Headlands State Park. The museum features models of vessels which once plied coastal waters, carrying lumber, passengers and other essentials to those who made their homes on the North Coast. It also features an elaborate model of the town of Mendocino in 1890.
Assaggiare ~ Cooking Classes
So much of the joy of cooking is in learning and sharing new techniques and ingredients. Julia Kendrick Conway has created several dynamic courses for all experience levels, that cover diverse culinary topics and adapt well to a variety of formats and venues.
Grace Hudson Museum
The Museum's collections consist of more than 30,000 inter-related objects, with significant holdings of local Pomo Indian artifacts (particularly basketry) ethnographic field notes, unpublished manuscripts, historic photographs and the world's largest collection of Grace Hudson paintings.
Arts Council of Mendocino County
The mission of the arts council is to introduce, promote and benefit the arts to enrich the quality of life in Mendocino County.