Call it the North Coast, the "end of the world," or just the plain ol' Mendocino Coast - this is one amazing, cool, beautiful, funky place.
Start with the view. I mean, the VIEWS. Honestly, there's an incredible nook and unforgettable cranny every minute or so along Highway 1. That means that catching a sunset or a stroll is easy - and usually not crowded. There are big sandy beaches, rocky coves, unmarked blowholes, wildflower-covered bluffs, secret vistas, and even a glass beach! All for you!
The grand outdoors. From the casual biker to the more outdoorsy type, there's really something for everyone here - kayaking, abalone diving, fishing, hiking, biking, more. Whether you want to snag a canoe and just splash about for an hour with your kids and the dog, or you're more hard core and have brought your wet suit and are diving for abalone, you'll find it five minutes from The Andiron.
The arts. Artists and arty types flocked here during the last century, and helped turn the North Coast into a special place. Not just with art (which is everywhere here) but with what they inspire to flourish around them. Good old bookstores, cool junk shops, tons of fine theater, art classes, our film festival, and an appreciation for culture that seeps into daily life.
And...the hippies! You can't mention Mendocino without acknowledging the hippies who helped shape it. In the sixties and seventies, the back-to-landers made the coast their home. The result? A respect for the land that has never left and that's good news for you - our farmer's markets are rich with local produce that shows up at many restaurants.
The weather doesn't change too much from winter to summer here, but every season does bring a shift in the wildlife on our coasts and in our forests. Birdwatchers are pretty happy here. So are whale watchers. And then there are the seals (and the BABY seals). Totally worth seeing.
And if what's always here already isn't enough, we also have events! Fairly awesome events - fun, folksy, cheesy, lovely events. Like:
- Mendocino Crab and Wine Days
- Mendocino Whale Festival
- Fort Bragg Whale Festival
- Mendocino Film Festival
- Boonville Beer Festival
- Pinot Noir Festival
- World's Largest Salmon Barbeque
- Mendocino's Fourth of July Parade
- Mendocino Music Festival
- Abalone Festival
- Wine Mushroom Fest