Mendocino Botanical Gardens Near Fort Bragg

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are a fantastic place to explore in the town of Fort Bragg. While it may not look like much from the outside, the gardens are situated on 47 acres and feature many different types of flowers as well as a beautiful walking path that will take you all the way down […]

Hiking Big Hendy Grove in Hendy Woods State Park

Hendy Woods State Park is one of the many great spots to view coastal redwoods in the Mendocino County area of Northern California. I got a chance to hike the most popular trail in the park on my last visit there, and if you are driving on Highway 128, then you really should take an […]

Russian Gulch Headlands Trail in Mendocino

Russian Gulch State Park is one of my favorite areas in Northern California. The small park features beautiful coastal views, a waterfall, a sinkhole, and an impressive bridge. It is worth getting out and exploring as it has a little something for everyone. This trail is less than a mile round trip, and it is […]

Mendocino Coast Guide: Exploring the Best Spots in Fort Bragg, Mendocino & Point Arena

Mendocino County is one of my favorite places in Northern California. The entire area is a coastal wonderland with lots of amazing views, great places to eat, beautiful state parks to explore and even a strong wine producing region. While I could talk about each of these places alone, a true visit to the Mendocino […]

Mendocino Headlands State Park Bluffs Hiking Trail

The Mendocino Coast of Northern California is a beautiful area with many amazing coastal views and places to explore. If you haven’t spent much time in the area though, then I highly recommend that your first experience is walking the 2-3 mile trail along the Mendocino Headlands. This trail can be as long or as […]

B. Bryan Preserve: Conservation and Giraffe Kisses in Point Arena

B. Bryan Preserve is a conservation group that works to preserve African hoof stock along California’s northern coast. The ranch has tours that you can take to see the animals and the property daily. The highlight of these tours is the opportunity to feed the giraffes at the end, including getting a “giraffe kiss” where […]

Pacific Star Winery in Fort Bragg

I don’t often write about wineries outside of the major wine regions, but Pacific Star is one of the most beautiful winery properties I have been to in California, so it deserves mention here. This winery, about 20 minutes north of Fort Bragg, is situated right on the cliffs and has fantastic coastal views that […]

Little River Inn: Oceanside Hotel on the Mendocino Coast

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own. Situated above Van Damme Beach in the town of Little River (south of Mendocino), Little River Inn is an awesome, historic building that houses an upscale hotel. The hotel features a golf course, tennis courts, spa and restaurant and I got […]

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse State Historic Park

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is a beautiful old lighthouse on the Northern California coast that is still on active duty. The lighthouse is open to the public daily on a short half mile walk from the parking area. On the bottom floor there is even a small museum, and there are other houses you can tour […]

Russian River Gulch State Park Waterfall Trail

Russian River Gulch State Park is a beautiful park in the Mendocino area. It has coastal bluffs, a sinkhole and a great trail to a waterfall. We got the opportunity to hike there a few weeks back, and it was a fun experience with shaded trails and fantastic views. The waterfall hike is one of […]