San Francisco/California Travel


After an intense period at work, nothing’s better than a quick escape to get mind and body recalibrated as to what’s important. And, for me, one of those quick escapes is a weekend in Mendocino. For several reasons, Mendocino has seemed to fit like a glove — and that’s in spite of the intense traffic always experienced on US 101 through Petaluma and Santa Rosa in the struggle to get to Mendocino by car!

Early last summer, we’d found the perfect place to stay in Mendocino: the Stanford Inn by the Sea. The Inn’s just about as good a fit to our needs as we’ve ever come across. The rooms are great, the indoor pool and hot tub are delightful — regardless of the Mendocino weather — and the Inn’s restaurant pleases even me with its gourmet vegetarian fare. Plus, there’s the Massage in the Forest — there’s no better place to get mind and body relaxed and adjusted. Perhaps most importantly, the Inn is uniquely friendly to both humans and pets — and that’s a wonderful difference when you’re trying to get away for some relaxation with your whole clan in tow!

On this trip we discovered yet another reason in Mendocino’s favor: the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. While browsing through the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino Saturday morning, we discovered a great local book titled “Mendocino Outdoors” by local B&B owner Dennis Freeze that included mention of the botanical gardens. The gardens are about 7 miles north of Mendocino on Highway One — and take you into a whole ‘nother world as they meander out to the stunning views from the headlands above the Pacific Ocean. Wow! I’ve uploaded a photo album with a few pictures from the Garden. Today’s new header graphic is also from the there.