Are you planning a trip to Mendocino for the first time? Leave your worries at home and come to Northern California relaxed and ready to enjoy the ride! We are here to help you craft the perfect getaway, and with our itinerary, you can experience it all! Learn about this beautiful town while enjoying all it has to offer and have a wonderful day in downtown Mendocino!
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The Ultimate Itinerary for Exploring Downtown Mendocino
Enjoy a Delicious Homemade Breakfast
There’s no better place to begin your vacation than at a beautiful room at Sea Rock Inn! Open your eyes to a stunning view of the ocean and feel the cool breeze through the window as you get ready. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why we make sure all our products are fresh and delicious! Join us in the main inn and enjoy our raspberry-filled croissants or the sun-dried tomato and spinach quiche. Don’t forget to wake up your senses with a hot cup of coffee or tea!
Mendocino Art Center
Visiting the Mendocino Art Center is a great way to start exploring downtown Mendocino. You can browse a variety of galleries and discover paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and other creations from over 20 Northern California artists. Don’t forget to check the center’s events page to see what’s happening during your visit!
Kelley House Museum
History buffs will enjoy the Kelley House Museum and the unique time travel experience it provides. Transport yourself back to 19th-century Mendocino and learn about the town’s past through one of the first resident family, the Kelleys. The museum displays a permanent collection of objects and artifacts. Guided tours around town are also available!
Have Lunch by the Ocean
After a fun morning, it’s time to sit down and enjoy some delicious seafood. Ocean view dining is abundant in Mendocino and is a great way to relax and recharge. Silver’s at The Wharf offers amazing service and regional delicacies such as fresh Pacific rock cod and calamari steak. Flow also has a killer view of the water, and their lunch entrees are to die for. Order the smoked chicken quesadilla and a Mendocino mimosa and relax in the sun!
Indulge in Some Shopping
By now, you have probably seen and learned a lot. Why not take it slow and enjoy some retail therapy? Shopping gives you the chance to find souvenirs and gifts to bring back home! Plus, Mendocino’s shops have everything from clothing and books to perfume, jewelry, and even home decor!
Celebrate Happy Hour
Time to reward yourself after a long day of exploring! How about a cold draft beer? Many Mendocino breweries offer happy hour specials best enjoyed with friends and family. Try Patterson’s Pub and choose from a wide selection of beers on tap (more than 28, in fact) and experience the laid-back Irish atmosphere.
Before heading back to our B&B, stop and have dinner at one of the best Mendocino restaurants. You can pair exquisite seafood with a tasty glass of wine at Wild Fish, or experience the coziness of Cafe Beaujolais and its old farmhouse. This restaurant also boasts dry-aged duck breast dish that’s one of our favorites!
Complete Your Stay at Sea Rock Inn
After uncovering every corner of downtown Mendocino, come back to your room at Sea Rock Inn! Our B&B is ideal for a romantic retreat with your significant other. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views, a delicious homemade breakfast in the morning, and a peaceful atmosphere where you can relax and unwind.
Browse our accommodations and pick your favorite! Our Junior Suite 15a is especially popular with guests. You can take a bath in your private bathroom, enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, and get a good night’s sleep in the queen featherbed!