Kayak Mendocino: "Here you will get professionally guided sea cave tours and more at Van Damme State park in Mendocino, while sitting on a sit on top Ocean Kayak."  


The Skunk Train: "Railroad tours on a historic train leading through meadows, canyons & redwood forest" in Ft. Bragg, California.


Coastal Gem Residencies

The Albion River Inn: The views and sounds of the ocean are divine. Each residence has it's own deck and view of the ocean as  well as fireplace and spa tub for two. http://www.albionriverinn.com/Accommodations.php 

The ​MacCallum House:  From the first time I visited Mendocino and stayed at the MacCallum house, I have been treated like family. The food and hospitality are exceptional.  There are several different types of residencies depending on how many people and the occasion, all of them are exceptional. http://www.maccallumhouse.com/accommodations/ 

Mendocino Village Luxurious Oceanfront Penthouse, Walk Everywhere, Dog Friendly:

Lisa and Danny Cristgau own and rent out this beautiful oceanfront penthouse, 2 story apartment on Main Street in downtown Mendocino. The owners are wonderful! They really want to make sure their guests have everything they need and are comfortable. They want to make sure you have a memorable experience. Please see the following link for more information: Mendocino Waterfront Penthouse 

Albion River Inn: The General Manager, Mark Bowery, is wonderful. He spent more time tasting my wine and asking questions than any other wine buyer. It made me so nervous I actually left my wine bag and then had a wonderful opportunity to have more time to chat. He is incredibly knowledgeable with an remarkable palate. The menu offers a variety of options with surf and turf to pasta. More to see here:  http://www.albionriverinn.com/Restaurant.php

Cafe Beaujoulais: A historic gem that has risen above the expectations because of the new owners, Peter & Melissa, and chef, Julian Lopez. https://www.cafebeaujolais.com/ 

Flow Restaurant and Lounge: A favorite amongst our friends. Provides exquisite ocean views, especially at sunset, delicious food and friendly staff. They offer local, organic meats & vegetables blended to perfection, as well as many vegan and gluten free options. Dine in bliss with breathtaking coastal views from their outdoor patio or indoor dining room.

The McCallum House: The MacCallum House offers a delicious breakfast, happy hour (with an incredible mixologist behind the bar), and a menu to feed everyone. The staff is very knowledgeable and hospitable. http://www.maccallumhouse.com/accommodations/ 

Kate's Favorites

What To Do

The Kelley House: The Kelley House is a house museum in the heart of the historic district of Mendocino, California, a picturesque town of 1,000 people on the Northern California coast. The Kelley House Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, protect and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast. Founded in 1973, it serves its mission as a learning center that provides access to thousands of artifacts, photographs and documents. It houses the only museum-quality storage and research facility open to visitors on the Mendocino California Coast. Open: Fri-Mon, 11am-3pm Location: 45007 Albion Street Mendocino, CA 95460.

What to See

Where to Shop

NEW: Coastal Gem Restaurant and Residence:

Coastal Gem Restaurants

Both markets supply everything you need and the staff are all very friendly and helpful.

Harvest Market Fort Bragg: ​Be sure to ask for Michael Arago in the liquor section because he is retiring and April 30th is his last day. 

​Harvest Market Mendocino: Paul Brooks is in charge of the liquor and wine if you'd like to say hi. 

The Little River Inn:  The Restaurant: John Sverko is an exceptional sommelier. There are two places to dine, the "​Ole's Whale Watch Bar" and "Main Dining Room." The food is delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive.  

The Rooms: WineSong holds their Pinot event here in the beautiful gardens and Abalone room the Friday before the auction in the Botanical Gardens. Dramatic and ever-changing ocean views provide a breathtaking backdrop for your stay. Their accommodations are elegant yet charming, luxurious but still cozy. Relax in front of a romantic fireplace or watch the sunset from your private deck. I have played golf on their lovely course but have not enjoyed their tennis courts.  https://www.littleriverinn.com/

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