As the days warm up in Sacramento, the coast is delightfully brisk. It is the perfect time for a stroll along the boardwalk at MacKerricher State Park or to browse the quaint shops of Mendocino.
Begin with a visit to the home and museum of early California artist, Grace Hudson, followed by an overnight stay in Ukiah. The next morning travel across the coastal range. The Mendocino Botanical Gardens, one of the ﬁnest on the West Coast, offers beautiful display gardens, and its trail to the ocean bluffs is spectacular. At Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, the docents are prepared to share stories of the keepers and the surrounding community. In Fort Bragg, the old mill site is being restored into Noyo Headlands Park with the Noyo Marine Center offering visitors educational talks and walks. After a couple of years of challenges, the historic Skunk Train now offers an abbreviated journey along Pudding Creek Estuary. Step back in time as you travel over some of the ﬁrst tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. The train’s whistle brings out the child in all; there’s nothing like a train ride through the forest!
Our lodging for two nights will be overlooking Noyo Harbor at the familiar Harbor Lite Lodge. In the early morning, as you enjoy your ﬁrst cup of coffee, watch as the ﬁshing ﬂeet heads out for the day. In the evenings, enjoy the fresh catch of the day as we dine at some of the area’s oldest and ﬁnest establishments.