December in Mendocino is a time of enchantment, perfect for a holiday getaway filled with festive cheer. You’ll find a harmonious blend of comfort, elegance, and holiday spirit at Sea Rock Inn, nestled beside the picturesque Victorian village of Mendocino. Imagine yourself in a plush robe, in your private suite or cottage, watching the waves crash against the rugged coastline, rekindling connections and embracing the season’s true spirit. And when adventure calls, you’ll find a variety of enchanting holiday events and activities await. Below we have curated our top picks for your winter visit to Mendocino.
Twinkle and Tradition: The Festival of Lights
An annual favorite for visitors and locals alike! Imagine a scenic 10-minute drive up Highway 1, just enough to let the anticipation bubble, leading you to the Festival of Lights at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Picture the oohs and aahs as dusk falls, and the famous 47-acre garden by the sea becomes a canvas of color and light on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 24th – December 17th. After wandering through this wonderland, return to your romantic suite for a nightcap by the fireplace, reflecting on the evening’s sparkle. Photo credit: Roxanne Perkins
Merrymaking and Fine Dining Delights
Mark your calendar for December 13th and the Holiday Spirit Merrymaking event. Indulge in an evening of whiskey and gin tastings, paired with culinary delights, at the Waiting Room, Cafe Beaujolais’ evening lounge. Just a short .8-mile walk or drive from the inn, this event promises a sophisticated night out. And for more foodie adventures, explore our favorite local restaurants, including Cafe Beaujolais, Flow, Trillium Cafe, Patterson’s Pub, MacCallum House Restaurant, and the Ledford House.
Holiday Shopping and Artisan Gifts
Need to wrap up your holiday shopping? Enjoy a casual stroll through the village to Rotary Park on Main Street to explore the Mendocino Makers Holiday Market on December 16th. Enjoy a festive atmosphere with local music and food trucks while you shop the beautiful work of our local artists, markers, and craftsmen. It’s the perfect place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list or to treat yourself to something special.
Tranquil Trails and Whale Tales
The holiday season is more than lights and laughter; it’s also about peaceful moments and time together. Minutes from our Mendocino inn, you can enjoy beautiful hikes among redwoods and waterfalls in Russian Gulch State Park or a more leisurely oceanside walk on the Mendocino Headlands, complete with the majestic sight of whales on their winter journey. Get more details about our favorite hikes and parks where you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city!
The Gift of a Mendocino Getaway
In the spirit of giving, consider a Sea Rock Inn gift certificate – a promise of unforgettable moments in a serene setting. Perfect for any occasion, our certificates offer the joy of anticipation and a memorable stay. Let us host you and your loved ones, and show you the holiday spirit of our coastal haven.Book Now