Mendocino Activities

The North Coast is rich in history, natural resources and beauty. In 1850, the Baltimore schooner Frolic shipwrecked off the Mendocino Coast, and the explorers found riches more valuable than silk. Towering redwood forests greeted them. Mendocino’s redwood lumber industry was then born and so opened the link between this region and the rest of the world.

The New England style of Mendocino Village still maintains a Victorian era ambiance. Year-round flower gardens proliferate in the temperate climate, which sustains ferny trails in the five parks encompassing abalone coves, tide pools, redwoods and conifers, waterfalls and the Pygmy Forest.

From Elk to Westport, where all buildings face the sea, Highway 1 follows the breathtaking coastline.


Within walking distance of Sea Gull Inn are the galleries and shops of historic Mendocino village.

Visit the Mendocino Music Festival in July. Or enjoy the year around music at local restaurants.

Visit the Mendocino Art Center, as well as the many local shops and artists galleries.

Discover the area’s State Parks.

Be active by bicycling, horseback riding or scuba diving.

Explore the creek and river canyons as well as the headlands and bluffs.

Visit waterfalls, ancient marine terraces, a pygmy forest and a fern canyon.

Take a wine tour through Anderson Wine Valley.

 Visit Willits or Ft. Bragg where you can catch the Skunk Train through the Coastal Mountains and Redwoods.

Go whale watching during the winter months. Ask us about whale watch excursions.

Look for seals and sea lions on our local beaches.

Visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical gardens.

Make use of the Mendocino Travelers Guide: