Although a bit off the beaten path, a trip to the Mendocino Coast was well worth the meandering drive. We spent a relaxing weekend exploring the shops and restaurants in the quaint villages of Mendocino and nearby Fort Bragg, and taking in the vast ocean views. As I was planning this trip, I began by researching lodging in Mendocino. This was a last-minute, spur of the moment trip, and I was not able to find anything in my budget range. I decided to expand my search a few miles to the town of Fort Bragg. Based on price and proximity to the ocean, I reserved a room at the Beachcomber Hotel in Fort Bragg. This turned out to be a wonderful decision! The accommodations were nice and from the balcony of our room we could enjoy expansive, beautiful views of grassy hills, beach, and ocean, along with listening to the sound of waves hitting the shore.
Just steps from our room we had access to…
Long walks along the beach,
and miles of walking and biking trails.
From the hotel it was just a couple of minutes drive to the downtown Fort Bragg area that has a variety of shops and restaurants. Just a few more minutes drive takes you to the village of Mendocino. This is a relaxing place to spend the day wandering through small stores and art galleries. While I was there I enjoyed having breakfast at a cafe called Thanksgiving Coffee Company. There were so many unique and tempting items to choose from, and I decided on the latte and quiche below.
There are several lovely blocks to wander, popping into shops and stopping here and there to have a drink or a bite to eat.
After enjoying 2 days in Fort Bragg/Mendocino, we took an amazingly beautiful drive along Hwy 101 South. Here are some pics of the drive home.