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The Mendocino village, two miles north
Mendocino, California is a very special place located about halfway between the Oregon Border and San Francisco. The Inns of Glendeven are located in one of only a few Historical Preservation Districts in the state of California, and it sits on a peninsula at the mouth of Big River, one of the few natural running rivers left. Its back is to the Redwoods and its front to the rugged Pacific coast. There are many Mendocino County Events that happen nearby.
The architectural style of the town is characteristic of pre-1900 building designs that include many Victorians and Main Street America characteristics.
With beautiful scenery in every direction, Mendocino village is a pedestrian-scale town that offers a pleasant experience for the visitor. There is never a shortage of things to do in Mendocino during your visit. Have a glance at the many fine Mendocino restaurants nearby. Mendocino contains many art galleries and is home to good theater and music events throughout the year. Art schools, activities and Mendocino Attractions of all types are easily accessible. The Inns of Glendeven is located in the heart of all of this. While you’re here stop and do some Mendocino Wine Tasting.
When planning your visit to Mendocino, be sure to book your Mendocino Accommodations at The Inns of Glendeven – the top ranked Mendocino Inn on TripAdvisor.
If you are stumped on what to do in Mendocino when you visit, use our recommendations below to help get you started.
CLOSE-BY AREA ATTRACTIONS
Mendocino Botanical Gardens | “A plant lover’s jewel” … 47 acres to the sea (707) 964-4352
Mendocino Farmers’ Market | Fridays 12-2 (May through October) (707) 937-3632
Glass Beach | Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto tail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Fort Bragg. North 15 miles.
Noyo Harbor | Working harbor, restaurants (707) 964-4719. Fort Bragg
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse | Recently restored, working lighthouse (707) 937-0816. Mendocino.
Skunk Train | Steam locomotive tours through the redwoods (800) 777-5865. Fort Bragg
Montgomery Woods State National Reserve | 30 miles inland from Glendeven, in the heart of the Coast Range, has redwoods, where visitors can walk along one of the park’s many trails. An excellent example of both a magnificent coastal redwood grove and a beautiful fern forest. A trail follows Montgomery Creek upstream to five separate redwood groves that have never been logged. The trail is about three miles long, laid out in a shallow loop that takes about an hour to travel.
TO THE SOUTH
Point Arena Lighthouse | Set in one of the most spectacular yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top. Mission: To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come”
B Bryan Preserve | Breeding and conservation of African hoof-stock, zoological society accredited facility open for private tours. Raise, breed and study Roan, Sable and Greater Kudu Antelope as well as Grevy’s and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Giraffes on-site housed for San Diego Wild Animal Park. 40 minutes south, Point Arena.
STATE PARKS AND RESERVES
Van Damme State Park | surrounds Glendeven on three sides, headlands, beach, and fern canyon trails. Pygmy forest loop.
Russian Gulch State Park | Three miles north of Glendeven, fern canyon trial to a waterfall with a fantastic forested loop. On the coast-side — a sinkhole overlook. Nearby Point Cabrillo lighthouse.
MacKerricher State Park | Sand dunes, seal rock, trestle bridge, just north of Fort Bragg. 14 miles north of Glendeven