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California's Mendocino Coast

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An October 2000 trip to Mendocino by Barb B

Union Hotel Pizza & Pasta Co Photo, Mendocino, California More Photos
Quote: The rugged beauty of California's Mendocino Coastline is exciting and breathtaking at any time of year, but I really enjoy wild ever changing terrain during the fall season. After the crowds have left the beaches and the wildlife has returned.

California's Mendocino Coast

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Overview

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This area has activities and adventures for travelers of all ages and activity levels: young and old, active and sedate, as well as romantics. There are the wineries of the Geyserville and Windsor areas; Historic Forts at Fort Ross and Fort Bragg; Marine reserves at Bodega Bay, Gerstle Cove and Gualala; state parks at Salt Point, Manchester, Van Damme and Russian Gulch. Mile after Mile of senic beach walks and rugged coastline. The picturesque towns of Bodega Bay (where the Hitchcock movie 'THE BIRDS' was made), Jenner, Gualala, Anchor Bay, Mendocino and Fort Bragg offer a wide variety of accommodations and reataurants to please any pallate. The lighthouse at Point Arena and the 'skunk' train at Fo...Read More

Timber Cove Inn

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Hotel

Timber Cove Inn Photo, Jenner, California
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Timber Cove Inn is a rustic, romantic place for a wonderfully quiet stay. Go there with someone you love! My husband takes me there each year for my birthday in October. It is about 90 miles (a 2 hour drive) north of San Francisco beyond the town of Jenner on the wild and beautiful Sonoma Coast. The property is done with rustic wood and rock sculptures throughout. Most rooms have a FANTASTIC ocean view, with telephones, satellite TV, a private hot tub and fireplace (wood is provided). Some rooms have the hot tub inside the room, others have the hot tub outside on your private deck (we prefer the hot tub outside - then we enjoy the fireplace inside!!) A few of the rooms (generally over $300) also ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Timber Cove Inn
21780 North Coast Highway One
Jenner, California
(800)-987-8319

Union Hotel Pizza & Pasta Co

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Restaurant | "The Union Hotel at Occidental"

Union Hotel Pizza & Pasta Co Photo, Mendocino, California
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The Union Hotel at Occidental is almost an institution among locals, and residents of Northern California. If someone says 'Occidental' the other person will ask, "Union Hotel or Negri's??" The town of Occidental has two attractions: two wonder restaurants, both serving almost identical Italian food (at basically the same prices)--yet, everyone has their favorite! Folks who prefer Union Hotel would seldom go to Negri's--and Negri people say they prefer Negri's, but have to try the Union Hotel from time to time. The debate will go on forever, we the customers, are the winners! MY preference is the Union Hotel. As a kid growing up in San Francisco, I remember trips with my parents once...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Union Hotel Pizza & Pasta Co
3703 Main St
Mendocino, California 95465
(707) 874-3444

Salt Point Lodge & Grill

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Restaurant | "Salt Point Grill"

Salt Point Lodge & Grill Photo, Mendocino, California
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A very comfortable stop for tourists, locals, SCUBA divers, bikers, motorcycle riders and day trippers. A nice break for lunch, a drink or just a chance to stretch your legs in the garden or among the sculptures on the grounds. Salt Point Bar and Grill is one of the very few restaurants along Highway 1 between Jenner and Gualala. An innovative menu is offered with pastas, sandwiches, soups, seafood specialty dishes and some REALLY yummy desserts. Some of the daily specialty items: Salmon Cakes with Salsa ($11.95), breaded and grilled oysters ($11.95), and a calamari sandwich on roll ($9.95).A full bar is available, and wines can be purchased by the bottle or by the glass ($4.50 - $6.50 p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2000

Salt Point Lodge & Grill
23255 Highway 1
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 847-3234

Sea Ranch Chapel

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Attraction | "An Artist's Inspiration-Sea Ranch Chapel"

Sea Ranch Chapel Photo, Mendocino, California
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Just north of the historic Fort Ross settlement, as the rugged Mendocino Coast winds along the rocky cliffs of the shoreline highway, you will discover the picturesque community of Sea Ranch. This affluent community is home to a staggering number of designers, craftsmen, and artists, as evidenced by the unique and elegantly developed homes dotting the sweeping meadows and dramatic bluffs nearby.Here, on the East side of Shoreline Highway 1 at milepost 56 is the Sea Ranch Chapel, an inspiring exhibit of extraordinary natural art presented in wood, metal, stone, glass and sculpture. The California Council of the American Institute of Architects awarded Mr. James Hubbell the 1985 Award for Excellence...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Sea Ranch Chapel
Shoreline Highway 1
Mendocino, California

Historic Fort Ross

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Attraction

Historic Fort Ross Photo, Mendocino, California
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Historic Fort Ross is located on the wild and beautiful California coast, a drive of about 90 minutes north from San Francisco. The community was originally established in 1812 as a Russian Fort to provide food and supplies for Russian outposts in Alaska. An abundant supply of sea otters also provided a profitable income source. At that time, Alta California was governed by the Spanish.The original buildings were constructed based on traditional Russian blockhouses and log buildings found in Siberia and Alaska. Wellhouses, a Chapel, Managers' Quarters, Sentry blockhouses and Officials' quarters were all constructed as part of the Russian Compound. The Fort was never able to sufficiently pr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2000

Historic Fort Ross
19005 Coast Highway One
Mendocino, California 95450
(707) 847-3286

About the Writer

Barb B

Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona