Welcome to Coastal Mendocino
Known for its cliffside trails and an abundance of beaches, Coastal Mendocino is one of northern California’s most coveted addresses.
Designated a historical landmark, this Victorian coastal village was established in the 1850s, and much of the original architecture remains. Grand Victorian homes are interspersed with quaint Saltbox cottages, and an array of charming Mendocino Inns welcome a heavy influx of tourists.
Gardens and picket fences can be found throughout, and more than 90 different pristine beaches cover the coastline.
There are a visitor’s center and museum of local history, and galleries and restaurants are clustered at the town center. The Point Arena Lighthouse and Stornetta Lands contain significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitats, riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, ponds, and other water sources.
What to Love
- Cliffside trails and an abundance of beaches
- Beautiful Victorian architecture
- Plenty of local history
People & Lifestyle
Life is serene in Coastal Mendocino. Residents are very much one with nature, wandering trails in pursuit of blackberries, resting at sunset to appreciate the beauty of a pink-and-purple sky. Ideal for retirees or the independently wealthy, this is a place that is built around taking life slowly.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The dining scene here is built around small cafes, charming garden eateries, and coffee shops— each with breathtaking views of the coast. Local favorites include Mendocino Cafe
, a tiny eatery with deck seating, serving an eclectic menu of Thai-inspired cuisine. Mendocino Hotel Restaurant
is an upscale American bistro that offers many California wines in an elegant Victorian setting, and Trillium Cafe & Inn
serves beautiful locally-grown food.
Things to Do
Activities in Coastal Mendocino are inspired by nature. At the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
, delicate plant species thrive on 47 acres of coastal land of canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and forests.
You can tour the Point Arena Lighthouse, which dates back to 1908, ascending 115 feet up a winding staircase to witness 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
The Kelley House Museum is also a must-see. Built for the affluent Kelley family that settled in Mendocino at the end of the 19th century, this property has been restored and converted into a museum. Its mission is to preserve local history and guard the cultural heritage and architecture of the Mendocino coast.
Residents and visitors to the Mendocino Coast can also ride a Skunk Train through the stately California redwoods. Called skunks because of their pungent fumes, these classic trains take visitors on a four-hour trip through the Northern California mountains.