Welcome to Mendocino Travelers Guide!

Let us be your guide to the many pleasures of Mendocino County. Look through our digital magazine to find information on where to stay, where to eat, where to shop and more. Start from Page 1 and browse cover to cover; or use the links on this page to jump right to the many things we have to tell you about Mendocino County. Timeless communities and rugged natural splendor invite journeying in Mendocino County from coast to inland, north to south. You’re invited to experience our rural small towns, agricultural heritage, arts and crafts, and the pleasures of the table. As we like to say... put a little Mendocino in your life!

Unforgettable Bowling Ball Beach

Unforgettable Bowling Ball Beach

For travelers who can withstand a bit of walking or light climbing, the trek to Bowling Ball Beach, located at Schooner Gulch State Park will be an unforgettable part of a Mendocino County journey. The trip is ideal for families, photographers and lovers of geology, and can be half of a full-day Mendocino coast experience. No one really knows where Schooner Gulch got its name, but colorful history reports the sighting of a stranded schooner one evening, which by the following morning had disappeared.

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Live Music on the Coast

Live Music on the Coast.

There’s plenty of nightlife on the Coast to go with the natural beauty, fine restaurants, art and shopping. That nightlife is usually accompanied by good food and great drinks. Mendocino is frequently referred to as “a University town with no University,” primarily for the wealth of musical talent that is local to the area. On any given night you might be able to hear anything from opera to world music to roots and blues.

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Sparkling Wines

Sparkling Wines.

Many people drink sparkling wine at weddings or holiday functions. For some, the sweetness of inexpensive “party bubbly” is cloying and unpleasant. For those who enjoy the “tiny bubbles,” Mendocino County has a number of wineries producing first-rate sparkling wine, with a range of flavor complexity that rivals the best wines. Like Cognac, the word “Champagne” refers to the region where the beverage is produced.

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North Coast

North Coast
Historic architecture, rocky bluffs and sandy shores, a working harbor, unique shops and a great selection of restaurants and lodging.

South Coast

South Coast
Beautiful seaside drives, dramatic headlands, an historic lighthouse, an active arts community, lodging from camping to luxury inns.

Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley
The very heart of Mendocino Wine Country. Pastoral scenery dotted with friendly hamlets where good food and drink are plentiful.

Russian River Valleys

Russian River Valleys
Mendocino's county seat and surrounding towns offer awardwinning wineries and breweries, a mild climate and Lake Mendocino.

North County

North County
A journey from rolling valleys to lush forests and rugged mountains, through vibrant small towns, each with its own unique character.
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