With rugged coastlines, dashing waves and wind-blown trees the Mendocino Coast has inspired and welcomed many over the years. Early fall is the perfect opportunity to browse the quaint shops of Mendocino or perhaps stroll along the boardwalk at MacKerricher State Park.
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. 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! There is even an opportunity (additional charge) to ride a railbike through the estuary.
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.
In beautiful sunny Pasadena, ring in the New Year in true California style! The brilliant colors of elaborately decorated floats, the pageantry of majestic equestrian teams coupled with the chest-thumping rhythm of the marching bands will get your new year started on the right note! Always been on your to-do list?
Enjoy three nights in the heart of Avalon: Our annual escape features three nights at the Pavilion Lodge, right on the harbor and within walking distance of countless shops and restaurants. With mild temperatures the spring and fall are perfect times to visit this iconic California island.