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Our California Coast Mendocino Bed and Breakfast Inn is a Select Registry property offering guests ocean views, gourmet in-room breakfasts, pristine nature reserve trails onsite, with a guest-only Wine Bar[n] and After Tea Service. Reserve Now.



Tour the Garden with Maggie

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This year we redoubled our efforts to grow as much food for our breakfasts and our Shared Table dinners as possible right here on property. 

We have berries, multiple kinds of kale and lettuces, an Herb Spiral, rhubarb, leeks, multiple kinds of onions, various potatoes, zucchini, various bush and pole beans, edible flowers, beets and other root vegetables, and much more!  We are using our greenhouse for starts and seeds.  We use the property's own cuttings and manure for the best, richest compost ever.

We are also trying out new things and making plans to expand the beds as we look ahead to our new restaurant coming early next year at the new Lodge at Glendeven. 

Maggie has done an amazing job in a very short period of time with what we're growing here!  Guests have enjoyed meeting and chatting with her in the garden as she works. We've decided to officially offer consults and informal chats with her so we can help inspire you as you work and plan your own home gardens.

Here is a note from Maggie....

Hello!  I look forward to meeting you!  I'm so happy to be able to provide tours of our vegetable and cutting flower areas, garden classes on specific topics, or garden consults if you want guidance on your own gardens at home.

A little more about me: I was born and raised in Fort Bragg, California just 10 miles north of Glendeven.  I had little interest of gardening as a kid even though my mom always had a big garden in our backyard and taught Garden & Nutrition at the local schools. I took all of the access to garden fresh produce for granted and did not recognize how important my time in the garden was.

After a couple of years away from home, I discovered my own love of seeds and soil. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Conservation & Resource Studies with a concentration in Food Systems.

I have spent the last few years working for a variety of non-profit and market farms across California and fall deeper in love with plants every day. My own experiences of the healing potential of gardens has led me to herbal medicine and a masters program in Integrative Health Studies.

Whatever your garden interest or inquiry, I'm happy to meet you for a detailed discussion about compost & soil health, a simple chat about plant identification, container herb garden design, tips for growing your own flowers, or whatever you may like to know!

- Magnolia

Times are very flexible.  Let the front desk know if you are interested and we can schedule your private or group time with Maggie during your next visit! 

What You Need to Know About Mendocino Mountain Biking

Situated on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Mendocino, California, has a unique geography that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Rolling rivers, sandy beaches, and State Parks abound, and the smell of salty sea air makes outdoor recreational activities exciting and memorable during any time of year. Guests at the Inns of Glendeven particularly enjoy cycling in Mendocino, where dense forests, jagged cliffs, and spectacular waterfalls provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s well worth the journey. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see the beauty of Northern California for yourself on a Mendocino mountain biking adventure!

Your Guide to Mendocino Mountain Biking

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Situated in the middle of a lush, green forest, Mendocino Woodlands State Park will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. This 720-acre park has various mountain biking trails that travel through Tan Oak, Douglas Fir, Madrone, and Redwood trees, and you’ll come across various bridges, creeks, and other cross-country obstacles throughout your journey. Keep your eyes peeled for curious wildlife including river otters, deer, fox, and beavers.

Mendocino Headlands State Park

One of the most popular Mendocino trails, the Big River Trail offers an easy ride through Mendocino Headlands State Park and follows a gently rolling course alongside the majestic river. Once an old logging road, this trail winds eight miles through redwoods and blackberry bushes and features breathtaking sights along the way. You’ll pass an abandoned quarry, a small laguna that’s home to wood ducks and blue herons, and will eventually end up at Big River, a mint-colored estuary that flows for miles. Be sure to bring your camera to snap a few photos!

Mendocino National Forest

Mendocino National Forest is comprised of one million acres of wilderness areas, lakes, rivers, and hot springs and features over 100 miles of trails for cyclists to enjoy. Advanced riders will love the Hell Hole Trail, a strenuous, 3.5-mile trek that challenges bikers with winding, tight-turning curves through grassy glades and woodlands. Or, for an easier route, take the scenic Letts Lake Loop Trail which offers a high-elevation ride through conifer/oak forest with picnic spots along the way. The trail follows level roads that are well marked and easy to follow, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Pedal Back to the Inns of Glendeven!

After a day of sightseeing from the seat of a bike, return to our beautiful Mendocino bed and breakfast and rest those tired muscles in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. Then, join us for a Shared Table dinner where you can enjoy a delicious, handcrafted meal that’s made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Top it all off with a big glass of local wine, and you have the perfect ending to a day of Mendocino mountain biking. We can’t wait to hear about where your journey takes you!

What’s New This Year at the Mendocino Botanical Garden?

Since its grand opening in 1966, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California, have attracted thousands of visitors each year to experience the wonder of nature. The property’s 47 sprawling acres are comprised of canyons, wetlands, forests, and coastal bluffs that are home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, including over 150 species of birds, thousands of flowers, and various plants and vegetables. With tons of festivals, events, and activities available throughout the year, guests can spend an afternoon in the gardens during any season – and it’s just ten minutes away from the Inns of Glendeven! The next time you’re in the area, take a trip to the Mendocino Botanical Garden where you can sit back, relax, and be inspired by the simple beauty of life.

The Best Things to See at the Mendocino Botanical Garden

Beautiful Blooming Flowers

The mild climate in Northern California allows for a wide range of plant and flower species to flourish throughout the gardens. They are especially known for their rhododendrons, with more than 125 species blooming until June. The spring also brings camellias, daffodils, magnolias, flowering cherries, and Pacific Coast iris, and the summer months offer heritage roses, succulents and cacti, lilies, and wildflowers. In the fall, enjoy dahlias, fuchsias, and hydrangeas, and you can even visit in the winter, when late perennials, winter heathers, camellias, and wild mushrooms abound. The breathtaking spring and winter whale migration can also be seen from the gardens, whose property stretches all the way out to the Pacific Coast.

Incredible Collections

In addition to spectacular flowers, the gardens are home to collections of shrubs, plants, and even vegetables. Feel free to stroll through the succulent garden, where you’ll see thick, waxy plants and cacti that have adapted to Mediterranean climates and can survive without rain in long summer droughts. Or, stop by the organic vegetable garden and orchard, which offers a mix of medicinal and edible herbs, fruit trees, and flowering plants and provides thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the local food bank as well as the gardens’ onsite eatery, Rhody’s Café.

Events & Workshops

Throughout the year, the Mendocino Botanical Garden hosts everything from plant sales and art exhibits to educational classes and fundraisers. Guest favorites include monthly rhododendron walks, where you’ll tour Dennis McKiver’s collection of over 1,000 hybrid and species of rhododendron, and bird watching tours with the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society where you can admire incredible species like hummingbirds, California quail, and black-headed Grosbeak. To see even more of the gardens, join naturalist Mario Abreu on his natural history walks where you’ll learn all about what’s blooming in the collections from April through October.

Head Home to the Inns of Glendeven

Whether you’ve spent an afternoon wandering through the flowers, learning about gardening, or enjoying a picnic lunch on the lawn, we guarantee a visit to the Mendocino Botanical Garden will leave you with lasting memories! Be sure to stop by the Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza before you leave, then come back to our beautiful Mendocino bed and breakfast and experience stunning ocean and garden views right from your room. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the gardens!

10 of Our Favorite Tasting Rooms in Mendocino Wine Country

Considered the mecca of organic wines, Mendocino Wine Country in Northern California is a haven for wine lovers. Mendocino county is one of the largest producers of organic wine grapes, where Chardonnay dominates the region and award-winning Pinot Noir abounds. When planning your next wine adventure, be sure to download a Mendocino wine country map and get ready for a wonderful day of sipping, savoring, and indulging! Here are some of our favorite tasting rooms and wineries in Mendocino.

The Top Mendocino Wine Country Tasting Rooms

  1. Toulouse VineyardsLocated in the heart of Anderson Valley in Philo, CA, this boutique winery takes pride in creating some of the finest Pinot Noir in the area and does all of their winemaking and bottling onsite. They also produce Rose, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Reisling, and much of the fruit grown in their vineyard is purchased by other Anderson Valley growers. Guests can visit the Toulouse tasting room daily from 11 AM to 5 PM.
  2. Foursight Wines: One of the best Anderson Valley wineries, Foursight was founded in 2006 and uses traditional, old-world techniques to produce 100% estate wines. Their tasting room is located in Boonville, CA, and features a picnic area and patio space where visitors can enjoy a glass or bottle on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
  3. Lula Cellars: With a yearly production of over 3,000 cases, Lula produces wines entirely from vineyards in Mendocino County. Guests can taste-test their impeccable Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Rosato varietals Monday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  4. Nelson Family Vineyards: At this tasting room, guests can sip and savor twelve varieties of Nelson Family wine made in ultra-small batches, including Zinfandel, Carignane, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Orange Muscat, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
  5. Pacific Star Winery: With its unique location, Pacific Star’s winemaking process is one of the most fascinating in the region. Waves to crash into sea caves under the cellar and naturally filter the wine from its sediment, and the salt from sea air deposits on barrels and creates delicious, dense wines. Guests can learn more at their tasting room, located on North Main Street in Fort Bragg.
  6. Balo Vineyards: The Balo property is comprised of 10 acres of grapevines, where fertile soils and high rock content provide an ideal environment for high-quality grape production. Their beautiful tasting room features a stone chimney and a picturesque outdoor sitting area and is open daily from 11 to 5.
  7. Handley Cellars: Situated on Northern California’s scenic Highway 128, visitors of Handley Cellars can taste wines and shop in the folk art-inspired tasting room. Walk-in tastings are offered 7 days a week, and cellar select tastings that including a cheese pairing are available by appointment.
  8. Rivino Winery: Located along the Russian River in Mendocino county, Rivino handcrafts all of their wines from select grapes that are grown on the family’s Schrader Ranch Vineyard. The vineyard has 7 different grape varietals, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Syrah, and Sangiovese, and the winery is open daily from 10 to 5.
  9. Baxter Winery: Known for their incredible Pinot Noir, Baxter Winery combines over 50 years of experience with natural techniques to produce handcrafted single-vineyard wines. Their winemaker, Claire Baxter, will guide guests through a tasting of their award-winning wines in the tasting room, open Thursday through Monday from 11 to 5.
  10. Glendeven Inn’s Wine Bar[n]: Each day from 3 to 7 PM, our Mendocino bed and breakfast offers our guests exclusive access to the onsite Wine Bar[n] for wine bottle and by the glass purchases. You’ll be provided complimentary glasses of wine each day as part of your stay with us, and the choices rotate daily. Serving 50 regional wines and scrumptious treats including cheese and charcuterie, you can experience some of the best Mendocino wines just steps from your room. Cheers!

What Are the Best Things to See at Van Damme State Park?

Situated in the picturesque coastal village of Mendocino, California, Van Damme State Park offers 1,831 acres of beach and upland, endless activities, and breathtaking scenery for visitors. Throughout the year, guests can spend time venturing through the park and enjoy hiking, biking, or camping amongst sky-high redwoods, blooming wildflowers, and the peaceful sound of lapping ocean waves. The next time you visit the area, be sure to plan a trip to Van Damme State Park and experience the spectacular beauty that the California Coast has to offer.

Explore Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park surrounds the Inns of Glendeven on three sides and can even be accessed by a private trail from the inn’s east llama pastures. Hiking down our switchback trail, you’ll find stunning sights and lush forests that are just waiting to be discovered! Here are some of our favorite features of the park.

Van Damme State Park Hiking

Whether you’re in the mood for a vigorous climb or a peaceful stroll, the park features ten miles of trail systems that can accommodate hikers of all skill levels for a fun afternoon in the fresh air. The scenic Van Damme State Park Fern Canyon Trail features vibrant green ferns and giant redwood trees, and the Pygmy Forest offers mysterious century-old cypress and pine trees that stand only a few feet tall. Throughout your hike, you’ll see a variety of native wildlife, different species of plants, and unique natural wonders like a skunk cabbage patch and bog.

Van Damme Beach

Just steps from the front door of Glendeven’s Beach Trail Cottage, you’ll find the trailhead that winds down to a sandy beach where you’ll encounter curious sea lions and harbor seals, osprey flying overhead, and other water birds hunting and playing. We’ve even spotted sea otters playing in the waves! At Van Damme Beach, small waves and mild tides provide guests with the opportunity to hunt for shells, driftwood, and other treasures. Feel free to sit in the sand and enjoy the breaking waves, or walk a short distance from the main beach where you’ll find peaceful spots away from the crowd. Guests can also take a guided sea cave tour by kayak where you’ll paddle alongside harbor seals, starfish, and birds. The tour leaves right off of Van Damme Beach and will journey through narrow coves, caves, and passageways for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nearby Attractions

Just two miles north of Van Damme is Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds the town of Mendocino on three sides. Here, guests can experience breathtaking sunsets, hidden grottos, and spectacular views of gray whales during migrating season. Recreational activities at this park range from hiking and biking to surfing and fishing, and photographers and painters are frequently spotted throughout Mendocino Headlands, enjoying and capturing the scenery.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

Visiting Van Damme State Park is a beloved activity by many guests at our Mendocino bed and breakfast, and heading back to our inn after a fun day is just as enjoyable. Be sure to join us for delicious local wine and snacks in our exclusive Wine Bar[n] for happy hour, or treat yourself to a private in-room massage to restore those tired muscles after a hike. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures in Mendocino!

5 of the Most Breathtaking Redwood Hikes

Where can you find skyscraping trees that have branches up to 5 feet in diameter, are enveloped in 12 inches of bark, and can live for thousands of years? Right here in Northern California! Our area is home to a variety of lush forests and state parks that feature winding roads and trails that are just waiting to be explored. Redwood hikes offer guests the unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these incredible looming giants and provide a memorable experience you’ll never forget. Here are some of the best places to go to see California’s majestic redwoods.

Our Favorite Redwood Hikes Near Mendocino

1. The Colonel Armstrong Loop

This trail in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is about two hours south of the Inns of Glendeven and is the perfect place to stop on a weekend getaway from San Francisco. The Colonel Armstrong Loop is a flat, 1.3-mile hike that runs past mid-sized redwoods and dense foliage. Guests can also travel on a single-lane road just a few feet from the trail that is incredibly scenic and passes by the best redwoods in the park. Be sure to watch out for other drivers who may be paying more attention to the trees above than the road!

2. The Fern Canyon Trail

A stroll through Fern Canyon in Van Damme State Park will take you to the heart of the park’s sky-high trees. The hike is about 5 miles round-trip and winds along the bottom of a canyon filled with vibrant green ferns and gigantic redwoods. Multiple walking bridges provide a spectacular view of the river, and if the season is right, you may even see wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. The paved trail is open year-round and is a fun and relaxing activity for hikers of all skill levels.

3. The Avenue of the Giants

Situated in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (about 70 miles north of Mendocino), the Avenue of the Giants is a picturesque winding road that is shadowed by giant Coast Redwoods. These trees are some of the densest and most impressive in the world, and many of the most iconic images of the redwood forest come from here – so don’t forget your camera! After driving along the avenue, grab your hiking boots and make your way to Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This Coast Redwood was discovered on August 25th, 2000, and measured 370 feet as of July 2004.

4. Montgomery Creek Trail

Montgomery Woods is one of the more remote of California’s 31 redwood parks and is perfect for a peaceful hike through the trees. The Montgomery Creek Trail follows Montgomery Creek upstream to five separate redwood groves that have never been logged. The trail is about three miles long and features the two main species of redwoods in the Western United States – the Sierra Redwood and the Coast Redwood.

5. Navarro River Redwoods State Park

This 660-acre state park in Mendocino County offers an 11-mile stretch of redwood forest along the banks of the Navarro River. Although this area was heavily logged in the 19th century, visitors can still enjoy a peaceful walk and admire the second-growth redwoods. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing are also available under the shady trees.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

Spending the day amongst some of the tallest trees in the world is a beloved activity by California locals and visitors alike. After your hike, you can return to total comfort and relaxation in one of our charming rooms or suites or join us for an afternoon glass of wine in our exclusive wine barn. Our Mendocino bed and breakfast offers wonderful accommodations and expert recommendations for once-in-a-lifetime activities, and we can’t wait to hear all about your journey through the redwoods!

Some of the Most Beautiful Waterfall Trails in Mendocino

Known for its breathtaking ocean views, sky-high redwood forests, and abundance of hiking and biking trails, Mendocino, California, is a dream come true for those who want to spend the day exploring the great outdoors. In particular, the waterfall trails in Mendocino provide visitors and locals with the unique opportunity to see cascading water in the heart of lush forests. If you’re a nature lover in search of spectacular sights, grab your camera and head to these gorgeous waterfall trails in Mendocino.

Our Favorite Waterfall Trails

When planning your sightseeing excursion, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. Our inn is surrounded on three sides by Van Damme State Park and is just a short drive from some of the best trails in the area, so you can start your adventure right off of our grounds! Here are some of the most beautiful waterfall trails in Mendocino.

Russian Gulch State Park: The Russian Gulch Trail is a 4.8-mile roundtrip hike and ends with a beautiful 36-foot waterfall that runs almost all year long. The hike is easy, lasts about 2-4 hours, and offers breathtaking views along the way. Guests can also extend the journey with the Waterfall Loop hike, a 5.7-mile trail that runs along the Russian Gulch stream and then drops steeply into the Gulch above the waterfall.

Mendocino National Forest: For a bit of a longer hike, take the 6.8-mile Waterfall Loop Trail in Mendocino National Forest where you’ll climb at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,400 feet. The trail is designated as easy, but if it seems too long or strenuous, you’re in luck! The first waterfalls are at the beginning of the trail, so you can always venture there for a photo op and then head straight back if you’re pressed for time or are low on energy.

Van Damme State Park: With vibrant green ferns and gigantic redwood trees, the Fern Canyon Trail in Van Damme State Park offers incredible views of native wildlife, different species of plants, and a secret serene waterfall that is not mapped and only some locals know about! Located in Little River, CA, this paved trail is open year-round and offers a fun and relaxing stroll for hikers of all skill levels.

Jackson State Forest: The Chamberlain Creek Waterfall Trail is located in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Fort Bragg, CA. Start your journey by carefully descending steep stairs into a canyon, then make your way to the spectacular 50-foot waterfall about 1/3 mile into the trail. For a longer adventure, continue past the waterfall into a thin, deep canyon where you’ll see beautiful virgin redwood trees and lush forests.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

After a wonderful morning stroll or some refreshing afternoon sightseeing, treat yourself to much-needed rest and relaxation at our luxurious Mendocino bed and breakfast. You can end the day with a selection of delicious local wine and hors d’oeuvres during Wine Hour, or enjoy a private in-room massage to relieve tense muscles. You’ll experience total comfort and pampering and can reminisce about the incredible sights and memories you made on your trip!

What is the International Alsace Wine Festival?

Wine lovers, mark your calendars! The 11th annual International Alsace Wine Festival will kick off on February 20, 2016, and is the perfect event for those who crave a cool, refreshing glass of white wine. Presented by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, this event showcases the beauty of Anderson Valley and its unique group of vineyards and wineries that produce world-class Alsace varietals. Whether you’re a bonafide wine connoisseur or are just looking to savor a good glass of vino, a trip to the Anderson Valley Alsace Festival is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Spend a Day at the International Alsace Wine Festival

Before you start planning your trip to Northern California, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. Our picturesque inn is an ideal homestead in Mendocino and will provide you with all of the relaxation and comfort you’ll need after a day out in wine country! Here are some things you’ll see at this year’s festival.

Alsace-Style Wines

Alsace wines are produced in the Alsace region in France and are primarily white wines. Anderson Valley is often referred to as the American Alsace because they produce grape varieties commonly associated with France’s region, especially Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. These grapes thrive in the cool climate of Anderson Valley, so it’s only natural that this area is home to the Alsace Festival!

Anderson Valley Wine Festival Events

Grand Tasting

On Saturday, February 20th from 1 to 4 PM, head to the Mendocino County fairgrounds where you can meet the winemakers and sample over 100 Alsace-style white wines from around the world. Varietals being poured include Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat that you can enjoy alongside delicious eats like Tomales Bay oysters, tart flambee, and more. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $75 and are going fast, so hurry and get yours today!

Anderson Valley Open Houses

The next day, spend an afternoon touring the many winery open houses where you can savor tasty pairings, enjoy live music, and sample unique vintage Alsace varietals. Participating wineries include Balo Vineyards, Elke, Goldeneye, Greenwood Ridge, Handley Cellars, Husch Vineyards, Lichen Estate, Lula Cellars, Navarro Vineyards, Phillips Hill Winery, Philo Ridge, and Toulouse Vineyards. This event will take place on Sunday, February 21 from 11 AM to 5 PM and no tickets are required.

Winemaker’s Dinner

Guests are invited to dine with one of 6 featured winemakers at this intimate and private event on Saturday, February 26th at Scharffenberger Cellars. You’ll learn firsthand why these aromatic whites are some of the best in the world, and Chef Rocco Hansen will create an unforgettable meal that’s perfectly suited for the wines. Seats are limited and tickets are $130.


Sip and Savor at the Inns of Glendeven

After a wonderful day at the festival, head back to our Mendocino bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. Then, feel free to join us for wine hour in the barn where you can sample more special Anderson Valley wines and nosh on treats like cheese, pasta salads, salamis, olives, and other delicious deli items. Cheers!

What You’ll See in the Mendocino Pygmy Forest

If you thought fairies and elves were just a figment of a child’s imagination, you may change your mind after visiting the Mendocino Pygmy Forest. Situated in Van Damme State Park in Northern California, this baffling natural phenomenon looks as though it’s been taken right from the pages of a storybook. Here, 100-year-old Mendocino cypress, Bishop pine, and Bolander pine trees grow between 6 inches to 8 feet tall and have become strangely stunted due to the area’s unique terroir, which includes nutrient-poor soil and extremely acidic soil conditions. The next time you visit the California Coast, take a trip to the Mendocino Pygmy Forest and get ready for this incredible natural wonder to blow your mind!

Explore the Mendocino Pygmy Forest

When planning your trip to Mendocino’s enchanted woodland, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. Our luxurious inn is surrounded by the State Park on three sides, so you’ll have easy access to trails and can start your adventure right off our grounds! Here are some fascinating facts about the Mendocino Pygmy Forest.

What is a Pygmy Forest?

A pygmy forest, also known as a dwarf or elfin forest, is a rare ecosystem that features miniature trees and is inhabited by small species of wildlife like rodents and lizards. They are usually located at high elevations, where there is a lot of humidity but poor soil. The plants and trees have shallow roots due to an iron and sand concreted hard-pan layer about 18 to 30 inches below the surface.

Additionally, pygmy forest soils show low levels of essential nutrients and high levels of aluminum, which limits the ability of plants to grow. Low pH conditions prevent the trees from setting deep roots and as a result, the pine trees in the area are no more than a few feet tall. Only yards away, but with better soil, full-size redwood trees can grow hundreds of feet high. Pretty cool, right?

Hike the Fern Canyon Trail

Guests can spend an afternoon admiring this miniature wonderland when they travel the Fern Canyon Trail to the Pygmy Forest. After you walk about 2 miles down the trail, you’ll find a ¼-mile, wheelchair-accessible platform that winds through the Pygmy Forest in a loop. Along the way, trail signs will mark your journey and will tell you about the different types of plants around you. Explorers will have the chance to experience these strange trees up close, and it’s an easy and short hike right off of the Pacific Coast Highway. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Head Back to the Inns of Glendeven

After a fascinating stroll through the forest, come home to our Mendocino bed and breakfast and put your feet up! You can enjoy delicious local wine and snacks in our exclusive Wine Bar[n] for happy hour, or treat yourself to a private in-room massage to restore those tired muscles. Be sure to tell us all about your adventures in the Mendocino Pygmy Forest!

Your Guide to the Most Unique Fort Bragg Shopping

Home to picturesque coastal bluffs, various state parks, and the breathtaking Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, the small fishing town of Fort Bragg, California, is an ideal destination for a relaxing beachside getaway. In addition to the area’s beautiful scenery, there are tons of local gems and unusual attractions that are just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift or a unique souvenir to bring home with you, the family-owned stores and quaint shops in this area have it all. Here are some of our favorite places to go for a wonderful day of Fort Bragg shopping.

Far-From-Ordinary Fort Bragg Shopping

Rubaiyat Beads: Since 1984, this shop has been a go-to place for locals and tourists to discover locally-made glass beads and various treasures from around the world. Located on Redwood Avenue, guests can peruse a wide variety of aromatherapy oils, scented candles, crystal balls, tribal jewelry, and stained glass art.

Mendocino Chocolate Company: Proving that candy making is an art, this company creates special handmade confections that are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat! If you’re in the mood for sweet treats like fudge, truffles, or toffee, stop by their location in the Mendocino Village or the larger shop in Fort Bragg.

Roundman’s Smokehouse: This family-owned and operated business has been serving the Fort Bragg area for 20 years. Roundman’s produces and sells gourmet smoked fish, meat, and cheese, and offers an extensive fresh meat selection. Stop by to see how it’s done, and be sure to grab a bottle of their sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce to bring home with you!

Harvest Market: You can grocery shop like a local at this store in Fort Bragg. The Harvest Market features locally-sourced, organic, and traditional products and services and has a commitment to green business practices. Be sure to check out their old-fashioned meat & seafood counter, specialty artisan cheeses, and the deli & specialty bakery.

Pippi’s Longstockings: This sock store is all about friendly customer service, so if you’re not sure what you need for an outfit or a gift (or are overwhelmed by their huge selection of socks), their experts are happy to help. They love talking to new and returning customers about socks and life.

North Star Nursery: For all your garden and home needs, head to North Star on Highway 1 in Fort Bragg. You’ll find everything from potted plants and succulents to beautiful flowers and shrubs that are sure to brighten up any space.

Racines Art & Office Supply: From decorative papers and Da Vinci paint brushes to the best gift card selection around, Racines is your ideal destination for unusual office supplies.

Additional Shopping Near Fort Bragg

Sallie Mac Gift Shop: Situated in the heart of Mendocino village, this cheerful shop is the perfect place to find a California Coast souvenir. They have everything from colorful French linens and handmade ceramics to luxurious scents and bath & body products. Follow the lavender-lined path to the outdoor garden shop where you’ll find authentic French bistro furniture, handmade copper wind sculptures, and garden angels.

Rainsong: Also located in Mendocino Village, this clothing and shoe store features contemporary men’s and women’s fashions and offers footwear from European and local Mendocino designers.  You can find the perfect shoe for almost every occasion in your life, whether it’s work or play!

Glass Beach Jewelry & Museum: For some of the most unique and exotic gifts in the area, head to Glass Beach Jewelry where you’ll find handmade, genuine sea glass jewelry made by Captain J. H. (Cass) Forrington who spent 27 years traveling the world by sea.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

After a day of fantastic Fort Bragg shopping, take a short drive back to the Inns of Glendeven and rest your feet in one of our stunning rooms and suites. Our Mendocino bed and breakfast provides unparalleled comfort and luxurious amenities that will help you relax and unwind after a day of spending. Plus, our close proximity to downtown Fort Bragg offers guests the chance to explore tons of local shops just minutes from our inn. We can’t wait to see all of your fabulous finds!

4 of the Most Picturesque Beach Hikes in Mendocino

With secret coves, tide pools full of sea stars, and rocks dotted with resting harbor seals, Mendocino’s coastline has incredible beaches that are just waiting to be discovered. Hiking options on the Coast are seemingly endless, with long beaches, state park trails, and lush forests at every turn. Whether you’re searching for seashells, whale-watching, or admiring a breathtaking California sunset, these beach hikes in Mendocino have something for everyone to enjoy. You just have to get out there!

Our Favorite Northern California Beach Hikes

1. Mendocino Headlands State Park

Miles of trails wind along the cliffs at Mendocino Headlands State Park, giving explorers spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos. During the warmer months, guests are treated to the sweet smell of spring wildflowers, or can witness the winter migration of California grey whales when the weather cools. Photographers and painters frequently visit this area, enjoying and capturing the scenic wonders.

2. Haul Road/MacKerricher State Park

The scenic Ten Mile Beach Trail, also referred to by locals as the MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, hugs the Pacific coastline and travels across a unique sand dune area from downtown Fort Bragg to Ward Avenue. Be sure to bring binoculars for whale and seal watching, as this stretch is one of the largest uninterrupted whale-watching spots on the West Coast. The trail continues north along high bluffs, with breathtaking ocean views and great spots to sit and take in the sights.

3. Russian Gulch State Park

With 7,630 feet of ocean frontage, rugged headlands, and spectacular views of the Pacific, Russian Gulch State Park is perfect for an afternoon beach hike. Be sure to check out the “Blow Hole”, a tunnel that comes inland about 200 feet and has a hole at the end that is 100 feet across and 60 feet deep. This unique feature was formed by pounding waves against the headlands, and now, guests can look into this flower-lined pit and watch the surging sea at high tide.

4. Van Damme State Park

Featuring both beach trails and upland on the Mendocino coast, Van Damme State Park is home to the Fern Canyon scenic trail system, the Pygmy forest, and even a bog where skunk cabbage grows. Our guests especially enjoy this park because it surrounds the Inns of Glendeven on three sides. Right off the grounds, you can hike south to Van Damme Beach, which is just a short, scenic walk from our property!

Restore at the Inns of Glendeven

Spending the day on a relaxing beach hike is one of our guests’ favorite things to do in Mendocino, and our inn offers access to some of the best trails in the area! After a fun-filled day out in the fresh Northern California air, join us for a scrumptious wine hour in the barn, then head back to one of our charming rooms or suites and put your feet up. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!

Mendocino is the Best Weekend Getaway from San Francisco

Just 3 hours from the famous Golden Gate Bridge is the peaceful coastal village of Mendocino. Home to scenic beaches, incredible native wildlife, and sky-high Redwood forests, the Mendocino Coast is ideal for escaping the city and gives visitors the chance to experience the great outdoors during any time of year. Whether you’re looking to explore the area’s many art galleries and boutiques, take on rugged nature excursions, or simply relax and unwind, you’ll find it all on your weekend getaway from San Francisco.

San Francisco Weekend Getaway Ideas

When planning your next vacation from San Francisco, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. Located on eight breathtaking acres, our inn features ocean views, roaming livestock, and access to the best Mendocino attractions – all just steps from your room! Here are some of our favorite things to do on a perfect weekend getaway.

Connect with Nature

Mendocino, California is a unique and special place that offers guests countless opportunities to get to know their inner nature-enthusiast. In the winter months, visitors can have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing thousands of migrating California Gray Whales on an incredible whale watching tour. Or, if you’re planning to visit in the summertime, take a walk through the grapevines at a local vineyard or spend an afternoon sampling your favorite wines in a tasting room. With tons of trails open for hiking and biking in the fall and spring months, there is truly something for everyone to explore any weekend of the year.

Get Romantic

Our lovely town knows romance, and there are tons of things to do and see in Mendocino that are sure to ignite that spark. The famous Glass Beach is the perfect place to bring your sweetheart for a stroll amongst the gem-like sea glass, and various restaurants and fine dining establishments offer delicious, memorable meals for couples who are foodies. Most days in Mendocino end with breathtaking sunsets bursting with shades of orange and pink, so you and your loved one can expect a stunning backdrop each evening!

Go Sightseeing

To truly escape the hustle and bustle of city life, be sure to spend a day relaxing and taking in the unparalleled views of the Mendocino Coast. In the forests of the area’s State Parks, looming Redwood trees provide a green canopy of peace and serenity, and a reclined chair on the beach gives you a front-row seat to the gentle lapping waves of the Pacific. For a more expansive view, head up the 115-foot tower of the Point Arena Lighthouse and breathe in the salty air. No matter where you venture, be sure to bring your camera!

Stay at the Inns of Glendeven

Less than three hours north of the Bay Area up the coast, our Mendocino bed and breakfast is your ideal homestead. Our luxurious rooms, suites, and cottages provide visitors with the peace and privacy you’ll need after a trip from the city, and our close proximity to the all of the restaurants, shops, galleries, and wineries in the area make our inn the best place to get to know Mendocino. We can’t wait to be a part of your incredible weekend!

Have an Adventure on the Fern Canyon Trail

Nestled in the picturesque Van Damme State Park in Northern California, a natural wonder known as the Fern Canyon Trail attracts outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. The hike is about 5 miles round-trip and winds along the bottom of a canyon filled with vibrant green ferns and gigantic redwoods. While traversing various walking bridges and paths covered in pine needles, visitors can experience pockets of wild rhododendron and the mild scent of Christmas trees. Totally devoid of motor vehicles, this lush, shady forest and all of its magical features offers the perfect outing for families, couples, and anyone seeking a serene experience with nature.

Explore the Fern Canyon Trail

On your next trip to the coast, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven for easy access to the trail. Our gorgeous Mendocino bed and breakfast is surrounded on three sides by the State Park, so you can start your adventure right off our grounds! Here are some of the best ways to journey through the Fern Canyon Trail.

Hiking & Biking

A stroll through Fern Canyon will take you to the heart of the park’s skyscraping redwoods. Along the way, you’ll see tons of different species of plants including lady, licorice, stamp, sword, deer, five-finger, and bird’s foot ferns. Multiple walking bridges provide a spectacular view of the river, and if the season is right, you may even see wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. The paved trail is open year-round and is a fun and relaxing activity for hikers and bikers of all skill levels.

Visit the Pygmy Forest

Once you’re on the Fern Canyon Trail, you might want to walk an extra mile or two to check out Van Damme’s fascinating Pygmy Forest. Here, century-old cypress and pine trees range from 6 inches to 8 feet tall and have become strangely stunted due to nutrient-poor soil. The wetness of the soil restricts the growth of vegetation and induces a dwarf condition in many of the plants. Be sure to bring your camera!

Dress Comfortably

The climate in Mendocino is temperate year-round, with cool ocean breezes keeping average temperatures in the 60’s during the summer months. The winter daytime temps are usually in the 50’s to low 60’s, and winter rains usually burn off by mid-morning and provide the moisture necessary for the thriving coastal redwoods. Before you start your hike, prepare for changeable weather by dressing in light layers.

Make Your Way Back to the Inns of Glendeven

After a wonderful morning stroll or refreshing afternoon bike ride, treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation at our luxurious inn. You can unwind with a selection of delicious local wine and hors d’oeuvres in our exclusive Wine Bar[n], or enjoy a private in-room massage to relieve those sore muscles. You’ll experience total comfort and pampering and can reminisce about the incredible sights and memories you made on your trip!

Some of the BiggestTrees in the World are Right Here!

Known for sky-scraping forests and awe-inspiring views, Northern California draws visitors from all over the globe to experience the tallest trees in the world. In particular, Giant Redwood trees naturally thrive in the moist, humid climate of the California Coast, reaching mesmerizing heights and providing a picturesque landscape. They can live up to 2,000 years, have branches up to 5 feet in diameter, and are enveloped in bark that grows up to 12 inches thick. To discover these towering giants for yourself, head to Northern California and prepare for an incredible experience you’ll never forget!

Montgomery Woods State Reserve

Located just a half hour from the Inns of Glendeven in Mendocino, you’ll find two main species of breathtaking ancient redwood groves in this State Park. The first is the Coast Redwood, which grows along the coastline and favors moderate temperature with lots of moisture. It is the tallest species of tree on Earth, measuring over 300 feet in height. Next is the Sierra Redwood, which is both older and more massive but not nearly as tall. The Sierra grows at higher elevations, which is why it can be found in the Sierra mountain ranges.

Montgomery Woods has also been said to house the tallest living tree in the world, known as The Mendocino Tree. At 367 feet high, this stunning beauty is five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty! It is estimated to be over 1,000 years old and was declared the tallest tree in 1996.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, however, the world’s tallest tree is named Hyperion and is actually located in Humboldt Woods State Park, about two hours north of our inn. This Coast Redwood was discovered on August 25th, 2000, and measured 370 feet as of July 2004. The second tallest tree living, known as The Federation Giant, measures 368 ft and also lives at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

The Avenue of the Giants

Running through Humboldt Woods is a scenic road that’s appropriately named the Avenue of the Giants. This highway is shadowed by Coast Redwoods and features a number of parking areas, picnic sites, and attractions for visitors. One of its main attractions is the Immortal Tree, a 950-year-old giant that is about 250 feet tall. This tree survived a 1964 flood of the area, a 1908 attempt at logging, and a direct lightning strike which took 45 feet off the top of the tree. Situated in the northern half of the Avenue, The Immortal Tree is easy to find and has a large gift shop and parking area in front of it.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

Spending the day admiring the tallest trees in the world is a beloved activity by California locals and visitors alike. After a fun-filled day amongst nature, you can return to total comfort and relaxation in one of our charming rooms or suites! Our Mendocino bed and breakfast offers wonderful accommodations and expert recommendations for once-in-a-lifetime activities. For more information on incredible things to do in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.

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Spend an Exciting Day at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Since 1987, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been handcrafting authentic ales and lagers with a passion for sustainable brewing practices. Located in Booneville, CA, this pioneer institution started out as a modest 10-barrel brewhouse and was one of only 20 craft breweries in the country. Their award-winning ales, porters, stouts, and wheat beers gained a cult following among fans of the growing craft beer movement, and the high demand allowed the company to grow and expand. Today, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. produces over 15,000 barrels a year in their three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse that is a must-see attraction in California.

Visit Anderson Valley Brewing Company

A trip to this California brewery is a fantastic way to spend the day. Located just two hours south of the Inns of Glendeven in Mendocino, you can tour the brewery and taproom, get competitive with a game of disc golf, indulge in a cold pint or two (or three!), and simply sit back and relax. Here are some of our favorite things to do at the brewery.

Signature Brews

The first thing you’ll want to do when you visit the brewery is, of course, taste the beer! Their bold and balanced ales have made Anderson Valley one of the most highly awarded craft breweries in the country. Visitor favorites include:

  • Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout: This brew’s aroma of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries, along with rich toffee and chocolate flavors, create an unparalleled drinking experience for guests.
  • Boont Amber Ale: This ale has a slight caramel sweetness and a spicy, herbal bitterness that creates a crisp, clean finish.
  • Winter Solstice: Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, this brew’s creamy finish will lift your spirits on cold winter days.
  • Hop Ottin’ IPA: This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that IPA lovers crave.

Things To Do

In addition to the brewery’s picnic groves, tap room, and horse pastures is the famous Anderson Valley Brewing Company disc golf course. Anderson Valley is the first in the world to offer an 18 hole disc golf course right on the brewery grounds, and it’s completely free to play! Pick up a six-pack of your favorite flavors and a course map at the tap room before heading out for a game.

Ecological Commitment

Each year, Anderson Valley Brewing Company donates approximately 2,000 of spent grain to local livestock ranchers as a nutritionally-rich feed supplement. They also have 768 solar panels on top of the brewhouse, and the power of the sun provides over 40% of the energy needed to run the entire operation. With ethical practices and a strong commitment to the environment, Anderson Valley allows guests to have a cold one that they’ll feel good about.

Sleep It Off at the Inns of Glendeven

After you’ve had a few too many, come back to our beautiful bed and breakfast in Mendocino. Our comfortable and relaxing rooms and suites will have you snoozing in no time, and a hot gourmet breakfast the next morning will help nurse that hangover. Cheers!

The Most Amazing Mendocino Whale Watching Trips

Each November through April, the Mendocino whale watching season attracts spectators from far and wide. This coastal village in Northern California is ideal for experiencing the incredible migration of thousands of California Gray Whales as they make their way south from their feeding grounds in Alaska. Along the way, the whales do a swim-by off the Mendocino Coast, offering an unforgettable chance to see them spouting, breaching, and diving as they make their epic journey to the coastal lagoons of Baja, Mexico. This year, head to Northern CA and check a whale watching adventure off your bucket list!

Where to Go Whale Watching in Mendocino

The best time for whale watching in Mendocino will soon be upon us, so hurry and start planning your trip! Whether you plan to admire this spectacular event from the shore or on the high seas, you’re guaranteed the experience of a lifetime. Just don’t forget to bring your camera!

Charter a Boat

To get up close and personal with this breathtaking animal, be sure to take a Mendocino whale watching tour by boat. From December 26th through April 30th, All Aboard Adventures offers their SeaHawk charter boat to guests for an incredible two-hour excursion. Captain Tim is a seasoned professional who has worked out of Noyo Harbor for over 38 years, and will give guests current reports on whale sightings and migration information. Plus, at only $35 a person, you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience without breaking the bank! 

Look-Out from Land

If you’re not keen on being at sea, some of the best Mendocino whale watching can be done right from the shore! There are tons of high-point locations along the coast that are ideal for spotting these beauties, including Point Cabrillo Lighthouse (located just 3 miles from our inn!) and Point Arena Lighthouse. These beacons are situated on land that juts out into the Pacific and are excellent places to view these magnificent animals. Here, whales are commonly observed just off the headlands and appear to almost to scrape the rocks as they swim close to shore. It is an amazing and memorable sight for Northern California guests and locals alike.

Attend a Festival

The beloved Gray Whales are also celebrated at a variety of annual festivals that host special events like walks, talks, and boat charters. At the Whale Festival in Mendocino, guests can spend an entire day admiring whale exhibits, learning about the species’ natural history, and enjoying delicious fare from local restaurants. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the whales throughout the festival and can admire the beauty of these gentle giants like never before.

Stay at the Inns of Glendeven

When you begin planning your trip to the area, be sure to book your stay at our bed and breakfast in Mendocino. You’ll come back to a stunning room complete with ocean and garden views that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a fun-filled day of whale watching! For more information on things to do and see in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.

11 of the Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Mendocino

From breathtaking views to mouth-watering meals, fine dining in Mendocino is an essential part of the Northern California experience. Renowned chefs in this area pride themselves on utilizing local, organic produce and fresh seafood from local fishermen to create scrumptious, unforgettable dishes that are sure to amp up any date night. If you’re planning a romantic trip to Mendocino, take your special someone on a culinary adventure and visit the award-winning fine dining restaurants that have made this area famous.

Explore the Top Restaurants in Mendocino

  1. Cafe Beaujolais: This rustic French restaurant started as a Victorian farmhouse back in 1893 and has historic charm and elegant grounds. Their delicious cuisine focuses on locally grown and organic produce and the distinguished wine list proudly offers many local Mendocino wines as well as varietals from all over the world.
  2. Trillium Cafe: Located in the heart of Mendocino Village, this lovely restaurant features locally-sourced dishes that are fresh from the Mendocino County coast. Trillium delivers impeccable farm-to-table and modern California cuisine, complete with a cozy atmosphere and ocean views. 
  3. MacCallum House Restaurant: At the MacCallum House, diners can enjoy a delicious meal graced by two stone fireplaces, candles, and garden flowers. Everything about this restaurant is warm and inviting and combines the town’s charm, history, and flavors into one tasty package.
  4. Little River Inn: Magnificent ocean and garden views at the Little River Inn Restaurant have made this eatery an area hotspot. The comfortable atmosphere, enticing local fare, and friendly wait staff will make you feel right at home on the coast.
  5. Ledford House: Just seven miles south of Mendocino in Albion, California, the Ledford House sits atop a bluff on the Albion headlands and offers panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets. Nightly jazz performances and a feel of casual elegance make this restaurant both comfortable and sophisticated.
  6. Wild Fish: With gorgeous views of the Pacific, delectable dishes, and a relaxing, wistful atmosphere, Wild Fish stands out as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Mendocino County. Ten tables and an inviting staff make this intimate eatery a perfect spot for date night.
  7. Albion River Inn: At the Albion River Inn restaurant, Chef Stephen Smith’s refined coastal cuisine showcases perfectly prepared seafood, meat, poultry & pasta dishes, and creates a memorable dining experience for guests. A live piano and award-winning wine list also add to the chic ambiance.
  8. Mendo Bistro: Guests can enjoy succulent housemade pasta, freshly caught seafood, crisp salads, and decadent desserts while indulging at Mendo Bistro. Or, feel free to choose from the extensive small plates tasting menu that’s perfect for sharing with a loved one.
  9. Raven’s Restaurant: This unique vegan and vegetarian eatery has assembled chefs from throughout the United States to produce and purchase only the highest quality ingredients. Their uncommon dishes, top-of-the-line produce, and sustainable practices provide an outstanding fine dining experience for visitors.
  10. 955 Ukiah Restaurant: This incredible Mendocino restaurant knows how to impress even the most discriminating fine dining crowd. Great care is given to preparation and cooking methods, and the chef pays close attention to the presentation of each plate, making the dishes both beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. 
  11. Shared Table: Last, but not least, is our own restaurant, Shared Table! Formerly known as bistro | 150, our Little River restaurant serves up delicious, fresh dishes that use locally-sourced food. Guests enjoy a shared table dining experience and local wine pairings, and after dinner they can retire to one of our cozy rooms!

Inviting Lodging at the Inns of Glendeven

After an unforgettable meal, head back to our gorgeous Mendocino bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our comfortable rooms and suites! You can enjoy a restful night’s sleep before continuing your food journey the next morning with a delicious, gourmet breakfast right in your room.

For more information on incredible Little River restaurants and other area attractions, download our free vacation guide.

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What You’ll See at the Whale Festival in Mendocino

Each year during the Mendocino whale watching season, California natives and visitors are gifted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing Pacific gray whales as they migrate down the coast. During December and January, guests can marvel as about 20,000 gray whales start their incredible 6,000-mile journey from Alaska to Mexico, and then again in February and March when the whales return to their feeding grounds. It’s one of the most amazing wildlife migrations on the planet, and humans are able to witness these gentle giants spouting, breaching, and fluking from ocean bluffs. This March, be sure to check out the Whale Festival in Mendocino and experience these majestic beauties like never before!

The 2016 Mendocino Whale Festival

In early March 2016, visit the beautiful village of Mendocino, California, where you’ll have breathtaking views of the whales from the Mendocino Headlands State Park and can sample homemade chowder, enjoy beer and wine, explore local art exhibits and shops, and more! Here are some of the amazing things you’ll see at this year’s Whale Festival in Mendocino.

Festival Exhibits and Excursions

To learn more about the history of this incredible species, head to the “Whale Tales” exhibit where you’ll see the gigantic bones of a gray whale, learn more about the whale’s interesting migration patterns, and can test your knowledge with a whale quiz. Experienced docents will be on hand with tips on when and where to watch for whales and will provide insight on the gray whale’s natural history.

Daily Whale Walks will also be available to the public throughout the festival. Led by State Park interpreters and guides, guests will be able to watch these glorious whales interact and can use binoculars to get an even closer look at this natural phenomenon. Additionally, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse will have a variety of fun activities including docent-led tours, whale watching, and spectacular lens tours.

Festival Food and Beverages

Start off your day at the festival the right way with a free coffee tasting at the Ford House, presented by Thanksgiving Coffee! You can enjoy a scrumptious cup of joe before heading out to search the sea.

Or, feel free to join the friendly Mendocino community for a yummy chowder tasting that will feature delicious soups from various local restaurants. You can try them all and vote for your favorite! Afterward, make your way to the North Coast Brewing Company beer sampling, or enjoy a wine tasting from local vineyards. Guests are welcome to sip on flavorful wines that have been poured at different locations across Mendocino, all while admiring the beautiful scenery of the California coast. Don’t forget to pick up your Mendo Whale wine glasses for the perfect souvenir!

More Opportunities for Mendocino Whale Watching

For even more chances to spot these rare creatures, you can also check out the Little River Whale Festival and the Fort Bragg Whale Festival. Each will feature their own unique events and activities, but you’re guaranteed to love the main attraction – whales!

Lodging in Mendocino

Unbelievable wildlife, delicious local delicacies, and stunning scenery are just a few of the wonderful things you’ll experience at the Whale Festival in Mendocino. When you begin planning your trip to the area, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. You’ll come back to a beautiful room complete with ocean and garden views that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a fun-filled weekend at the festival! For more information on things to do and see in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.

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5 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Northern California

If hiking through lush forests or camping out by the salty sea is on your bucket list, you’re in luck! Northern California has tons of great backpacking trails that attract thousands of outdoorsy visitors each year. From the lapping waves of the Pacific to the ancient, looming redwoods, you’ll see the natural beauty of this state firsthand when you gear up for one of these backpacking trips in Northern California.

An Itinerary for Northern California Backpacking Trips

At the Inns of Glendeven, we often get adventurous guests who spend vacations hiking and camping the many Northern California parks. Our restful property is the perfect stop along the to relax and restore before getting back on the trails! Here is our guide to a great backpacking trip through Northern California that will help you plan the experience of a lifetime.

Follow our backpacking itinerary and start north in Eureka, then work your way south through the redwoods, along the California coast, through the King Mountain Range, and end in Mendocino for a cozy bed and delicious breakfast at the Inns of Glendeven!

1. The Lost Coast Trail

Start your backpacking adventure in Eureka, California, where an isolated pocket of black sand beaches, mature redwood groves, and fern-shrouded creeks will take your breath away. You’ll start by crossing Orchard Creek beneath a tall cluster of red alders to pick up the Lost Coast Trail, then follow the creek to Bear Harbor. You’ll be able to take in stunning views of the California Coast from a steep bluff that overlooks the sea, and can continue to the campsites near a black sand beach. To get a true taste of the Lost Coast, we recommend that you allow 3 days for this incredible 33-mile Northern California backpacking excursion.

2. Humboldt Redwoods State Park

After you explore the Lost Coast, head about an hour southeast to Humboldt Redwoods State Park where you’ll see some of the world’s most majestic ancient redwood groves. The park spans over 53,000 acres and contains a diverse coastal ecosystem, the Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed. With more than 250 campsites, 100 miles of backpacking trails, and the scenic 32-mile Avenue of the Giants, this state park will give you an awe-inspiring backpacking journey through the California redwoods.

3. King Range National Conservation Area

After you visit Humboldt State Park, continue an hour southwest to The King Mountain Range, which contains over 80 miles of backpacking trails that span from the beach to its highest peaks. Most of the upland trails are strenuous due to the steep, rugged nature of the area, but the views won’t leave you disappointed! The King Range backcountry was designated as official wilderness on October 17, 2006, so expect minimal signing on trails. We recommend that you carry a map and compass with you and find out the latest trail conditions before your trip.

4. Jackson State Forest

From the mountains, make your way 3 hours down the state until you reach Jackson State Forest. Established in 1949, this 48,652-acre forest has three demonstration trails that inform visitors about the ecology, history, and management of the redwood forest. Numerous hiking trails are situated in interesting settings, including Waterfall Grove Trail and the Forest History Trail. Seasonal camping is offered mid-May through September, with two overnight camping areas that have picnic tables, fire pits, and toilets, making it a convenient stop for backpackers.

5. Van Damme State Park

For the final stop on your Northern California backpacking trip, head a half hour southwest to Van Damme State Park on the Mendocino coast. Featuring some of the best Mendocino Trails, this park has both beach and upland and is home to the Fern Canyon scenic trail system, the Pygmy forest, and a bog where skunk cabbage grows. Plus, you’ll be just minutes away from your ultimate destination – our inns! The park surrounds the Inns of Glendeven on three sides, and you can explore the headlands to the west, the wooded trails along Fern Canyon to the east, and south to Van Damme beach, which is right out the front door of our Beach Trail Cottage.

Restore at the Inns of Glendeven in Mendocino

After days (or maybe even weeks!) spent backpacking in Northern California, treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation at our cozy bed and breakfast. You’ll experience total comfort and pampering and can reminisce about the incredible sights and memories you made on your trip.

For more information on Northern California, download our free Mendocino vacation guide, then book your room and start packing!