39 Things to Do in Mendocino
Picture this: a mystical fog rolling in from the Pacific Ocean, the lush forests of Northern California all around, and of course, our lovely little inn nestled at the heart of it all. Doesn’t it sound like the vacation you need right now? We think so, and there are plenty of things to do in Mendocino for you to enjoy every minute of it. Whether you are a wine lover, athlete, culture hound or all of the above, Mendocino is a wonderfully multifaceted destination that offers the perfect activities for you and your significant other. Spend exploring, tasting, learning, and immersing yourself in our local culture! To learn more about our area, make sure you download your copy of our free Vacation Guide! Unlock the ultimate exploration experience with a carefully chosen selection of culinary, cultural, and nature-bound adventures. You’ll learn everything about the best restaurants, events, museums, shops, outdoor adventures, and more!
Enhance Your Getaway With These Things to Do in Mendocino
Exploring a new area can be overwhelming. You’re unfamiliar with the area, and you need some guidance to find the best places to explore and experience. Luckily, we’re here to help! Discover our amazing list of 39 things to do in Mendocino to plan an unforgettable trip! No matter what your interests are, there’s something here for everyone!
For the Outdoor Enthusiasts
Reconnect with nature among the peaceful landscape of Mendocino. Embark on a scenic drive along the famous Highway 1 and head towards the area’s iconic attractions, such as the towering Redwood Forest! Enjoy views of the scenic Mendocino Coast, walk through the Mendocino National Forest, or maneuver through the magical sea caves! Here are some more recommendations for your outdoor expedition:
- Go on a Redwood Railbikes Adventure
- Birding in Mendocino
- Driving through the Avenue of the Giants
- Exploring the memorizing Bowling Ball Beach
- Fishing in the Pacific Ocean
- Hiking in the Russian Gulch State Park
- Horseback riding in Northern California
- Kayaking the coast
- Lounging on Big River Beach
- Meandering through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
- Touring the Mendocino lighthouses
- Visiting the Point Cabrillo Light Station
- Whale watching
For the Wine Aficionados
You can’t visit Mendocino without exploring the wineries. Our proximity to Napa Valley allows us access to some of the best wine in the world, and it would be a shame to miss out on it! Sip, savor, and socialize at an assortment of stunning Mendocino wineries and vineyards. Each of these wine lovers destinations boasts grapes pressed to perfection, rows of loaded vines, and an upscale yet laid-back tasting experience.
Do you wish to experience more wine tasting during your stay at Sea Rock Inn? Discover our Wine Tour Package and make a entire day trip out of it!
For the Foodies
Give your eyes a rest and let your palate travel while in Mendocino! Indulging in the regionally inspired cuisine is one of the most excellent ways to learn about the local culture. Here are some of our favorite to taste the local specialties.
- Breakfast at Sea Rock Inn
- Cafe Beaujolais
- Mendocino Cafe
- MacCallum House Restaurant, a gourmet favorite
- Oceanfront dining at Flow
- 955 Restaurant, a romantic experience in Mendocino
For the Artistic Minds
Art has shaped Mendocino history through intricate works and articulate handcrafted pieces. Considered one of the best art towns in America, Mendocino, and its beautiful scenery, has captivated artists for generations. It is difficult to find a day when a visitor or local isn’t out painting one of the innumerable scenes of raw natural beauty that abounds here. You may even spot some of these hand-painted masterpieces on a day tour at the Mendocino Art Center. In addition to the art, you can enjoy several performances by the Mendocino Theater Company. This troupe performs in a black-box theater, a blank canvas with a simple design, which makes for a fully immersive experience. It’s almost as if you’re a member of the cast. Make sure you also check out these galleries to see more local art:
- North Coast Artist Guild
- Highlight Gallery
- Partners Gallery
- Panache Gallery
For the History Buffs
Learn about the fascinating past of our town when you visit the carefully curated exhibits of historical places in Northern California. Two of the most iconic exhibit halls are Mendocino County Museum, Ford House Museum, Grace Hudson Museum, Kelly House Museum, and Temple Kwan Tai. Each of these museums offers insight into the logging industry, the shipwrecks, and our town’s close ties to the Pacific Ocean. Book a guided tour today!
For the Event Goers
Every year, Mendocino is the breathtaking backdrop for hundreds of exciting events. Experience the history, local culture, and friendly community when you attend one of these extravaganzas.
- Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival | January
- Mendocino Whale Festival | March
- Avenue of Giants Marathon | May
- A Taste of Redwood Valley, a food and wine event | June
- Mendocino Film Festival | June
- Mendocino Music Festival | July
- Paul Bunyan Days | August
- Winesong Weekend | September
- Mendocino County Fair | September
- Mendocino Abalone Festival | October
- Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival | November
- Festival of Lights | November- December
Tip: When you visit our cliffside retreat, we suggest packing according to the season. Typically the weather in Mendocino remains temperate throughout the year, but the climate could change at any moment. As you gear up to experience the great activities, remember to wear comfortable clothing, bring an umbrella or rain jacket, and enjoy yourself while you’re exploring.
Stay in the Best B&B in Mendocino
Now that you’ve added all these amazing things to do in Mendocino to your bucket list, it’s time to find yourself the perfect place to stay. Sea Rock Inn offers charming accommodations, deluxe amenities, and some of the finest views of the Pacific Ocean! Make your stay even more luxurious and browse our selection of indulgent specials & packages. Plus, each morning, you’ll be treated to a delicious homemade breakfast.