There is a rugged beauty to the Mendocino coast. With giant redwood trees and the coastline, there is no shortage of natural wonders to admire and enjoy. Amidst this bucolic environment you’ll find small towns where artists flourish and a counterculture spirit lives on. Looking for great food and drink? Delicious seafood and elegant Pinot Noir make the region a treat for visitors.
Mendocino County Road Map
5 Things to Do in Mendocino County
Steps from the town’s art galleries, a spectacular view of the ocean awaits from a path along wind-swept cliffs. Warm up in the Victorian-style Ford House Museum afterward.
Tour the milking parlor and meet the goats and sheep that help this farmstead craft its cheeses that pair perfectly with the pure-tasting Pinot Noir.
After a stroll of the organic gardens at John Fetzer’s contemporary stone-and-glass winery and barrel cave, you can sample estate-grown olive oil and honey. Don’t miss the Pick and Shovel Zinfandel.
Step back in time at this lighthouse built in 1908. Visit for an hour or book a room for the night at this scenic destination located an hour’s drive south on Highway 1 from Mendocino town.
The home of mellow Boont Amber Ale, this establishment was among the first 25 U.S. craft breweries. Today it offers visitors 20 options on tap.