Mendocino, CA

For Labor Day weekend, JC and I decided that a weekend getaway up the coast to Mendocino was necessary to enjoy the last summer holiday.

We left San Francisco early Saturday morning and drove for about 3 hours, taking the 101, 128, and 1 and instead of driving straight up the coast on the CA-1. Our first stop was lunch at Mendocino Markets, picking up sandwiches and pasta salad. After lunch, we rented a canoe from Catch-A-Canoe at Big River. We weren’t quite prepared for how hard it was to paddle back against the wind, but nonetheless, we enjoyed the rather peaceful excursion of Big River; we even saw a seal!

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We then checked in at the cute Sea Rock Inn, where we had our own homey cottage, complete with fireplace, comfy robes, and a welcoming bottle of wine. Our late afternoon exploring involved walking along from the inn through Mendocino Headlands to downtown Mendocino. The Mendocino Headlands offer a great view of the Mendocino coast and there are some tide pools you can explore as well. We had dinner at the historic MacCallum House.

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Our Sunday started off wonderfully with the homemade breakfast of scones, quiche, and parfaits at Sea Rock Inn. Fueled by our breakfast, we hiked at Russian Gulch State Park on the waterfall trail and then headlands trail to the Blow Hole Overlook. Like the Mendocino Headlands, there is a wonderful view of the California coast. We then drove a little further north to the town of Fort Bragg where we had our second breakfast at Egghead’s with pumpkin pancakes and crab omelettes. Afterwards, we walked around the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. On the drive back to San Francisco, we stopped at a small ice cream shop, Paysanne Ice Cream, in Booneville and had dinner at Willi’s Seafood in Healdsburg.

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Photos by CH

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