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.
Bring the kids and family pet for a great time at the beach. There's space for your boat, for rinsing your diving gear and for cleaning your catch. Borrow from their collection of beach items: beach chairs, towels, blankets, beach toys, kits, and picnic baskets complete with plates and glasses.
Weller House Inn
This historic inn includes a lavish breakfast and full baths in every room. Selected rooms feature fireplaces, wood stoves, Jacuzzi and claw foot tubs. Ocean View Hot Tub. Fresh coffee and tea and a 5 PM complimentary glass of wine in the Ballroom! Other amenities on request.
Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf
Spacious room 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.
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, a world-class day spa and organic health food cafe!
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
Above the bustle of Ft Bragg in the seaside hamlet of Westport, lies an incredible 60 acre oceanfront historic Inn, only moments from the Beach. Alive with the rural splendor of sweeping ocean and mountain views and miles of sandy beaches. Every room is unique and the private cottages are like no other!
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 Bed and Breakfast farmhouse and cottages sprawl across 8 acres of
gardens, meadows and forest with ocean views,
fireplaces, hot tub and beach access.
Dennens Victorian Farmhouse
Situated on two coastal acres, this romantic bed and breakfast includes a gourmet breakfast served to your room each morning. Restful feather beds, luxurious linens and robes; deluxe amenities and large private baths are standard throughout the inn.
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
Inns of Mendocino ~ MENDOCINO
Featuring three Mendocino bed and breakfasts of style, sophistication and modern elegance by the sea -- featuring luxurious amenities, gourmet breakfast, chic decor, spectacular ocean views, English flower gardens, private entrances and an updated country style.
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.
Blue Door Inn ~ MENDOCINO
Blue Door Inn offers chic rooms and timeless grace in Mendocino Village. Sleek sophistication defines this plush and stylish Mendocino bed and breakfast. Set in the center of town, within strolling distance to the sea, fine dining and other adventures... just outside the blue front door.
Packard House ~ MENDOCINO
This 1878 Victorian bed and breakfast has been recently redecorated with modern elegance, fireplaces, jet tubs and luxurious linens on cozy King size beds. All surrounded by beautiful gardens and ocean views in Mendocino Village.
John Dougherty House ~ MENDOCINO
This romantic bed and breakfast provides you with the best that Mendocino has to offer in a private, historic, full amenity Inn which will allow you to spend quality time together in the glorious surroundings of the rugged northern California Coast.
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.
This colorful Inn resembles an old west frontier town. You can stay in the Bank, Saloon, Livery Stable, Sheriffs, Millinery, or even Belles Place in a quiet, serene setting looking out to the ocean. Most rooms have views and/or fireplaces, two have kitchenettes.
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 Coast Reservations
Choose from a wide variety of Village Victorians to oceanfront hideaways on panoramic perches high above the breakers, to cozy cottages tucked away in the woods. Perfect for families with children and pets.
Mendocino Seaside Cottage
70 yards to the Pacific Ocean and just a short walk to the timeless village of Mendocino. They compliment your visit with chocolates, a bottle of Champagne or a sparkling cider and
personalized gift for your special romantic Mendocino celebration.
Spring Ranch Vacation Rental
This restored Victorian is one of our oldest and grandest homes in Mendocino. With over 5,500 square feet, 6 large bedrooms and 3 full baths. Built in 1854, the house is fully decorated with unique antiques and intricate Victorian details. Romantic and perfect for weddings and family gatherings.
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 sand beaches or tidepools.
Sea Ranch Lodge
On the Sonoma-Mendocino coast, Sea Ranch Lodge offers 19 newly renovated guest rooms, all with stunning Pacific views & most with gas fireplace; acclaimed food & wine; hiking; naturally beautiful weddings & more. Dogs are welcome, too. Enjoy natural serenity, unsurpassed.
28 uniquely decorated oceanfront rooms built overlooking the Gualala river and the Pacific w/ large private decks, whirlpool spas, fireplaces, king beds, wet bars, frig, TV, DVD, Free WiFi and much more...
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).