LOCATION: MENDOCINO, CA • JUNE 2, 2016
This past week Nick and I decided to ditch the Texas heat and head to Mendocino for a few days of cool coastal weather. After flying in to SFO, we left Sunday late morning and arrived to Mendocino around six. The drive from San Francisco to Mendocino took about 5 hours with some traffic but mostly because I kept wanting to pull over, explore and snap some pictures of the views which were truly breathtaking. We didn’t know what to expect driving the famous highway one from San Francisco to Mendocino, but it did not disappoint. We checked into The Blue Door Inn and immediately began relaxing in the charming Buckingham suite.
During our stay we received a lovely breakfast basket that went above and beyond our expectations of the term, ‘breakfast basket’. It arrived at our doorstep packed full with coffee, cream and sugar for two, orange juice, oatmeal with all the fixin’s, blueberry scones and cheddar bacon biscuits, yogurt parfaits and much more! Needless to say we enjoyed a bite of everything, we weren’t able to finish it all but left our room with full stomachs, ready to explore.
Blue Door Inn was the perfect place to stay while in Mendocino. The charming Inn has luxurious suites that make your visit even more enjoyable. Our accommodations surpassed all our expectations and the service was excellent. John and Ruby who are the Inn keepers on the property made us feel right at home and also offered many great restaurant recommendations. The Blue Door group also manages other inn’s in Mendocino including JD House and the Packard House which are both just as charming as Blue Door Inn, guests can visit Blue Door for a complimentary breakfast in place of the breakfast basket we enjoyed.
On our first day of exploring Mendocino we didn’t have a set plan, which sometimes can be the most fun way to see a new place. We stopped at the headlands and took in the views, we spotted some cute baby seals playing tag and chasing each other from rock to rock, it was adorable! Next, I talked Nick into taking a mile walk down to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse that was built in 1908 but has since been fully restored to it’s originally glory. We walked around the point and spotted some fisherman enjoying their morning catch. We didn’t see any gray whales since they’re most common from December to April while blue and humpback whales are random visitors in the summer and fall. We knew visiting in May we missed peak whale watching season but we did spot some seals and sea lions swimming throughout the cove near the lighthouse.
Next we headed to the Russian Gulch State Park that covers three miles east to west and contains over 7630 feet of rocky ocean shores. There were lots of kayaks out fishing and families enjoying the beach as we drove through the trailhead. The park has bicycle trails, horse trails, a beach and many hiking trails as well. We were on a mission to find the devil’s punch bowl and views of the Fredrick W. Panhorst bridge (pictured below). The concrete arch bridge was constructed in 1940 and is quite stunning compared to most modern bridges.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a large sink hole that was formed when the pounding waves from the pacific ocean forged a tunnel and left a hole over 100 feet across and 60 feet deep. The cave like sink hole had waves crashing in from the ocean and cascading along the edges.
This cute victorian house is the Blair house which was used during the filming for the show ‘Murder She Wrote’. The town of Mendocino is full of charming historic homes all of which have been taken good care of and remain an important aspect of the community.
I kept my outfit casual and comfortable for a day of hiking and exploring the coast. I dressed in layers to easily be able to peel off my jacket while hiking or layer on my scarf when the breeze became a little chilly. My hunter boots came in handy when we were hiking and needed to cross a small stream of water which kept me nice and dry.
After our day of exploration we relaxed in our room before freshening up for dinner. I slipped on this dress with my chloe flats and layered on a light cardigan. After a couple days of relaxing,unwinding and exploring it’s safe to say we will be returning to Blue Door Inn in the near future. If you are making your way up the coast be sure to stay at Blue Door Inn and tell John and Ruby I said Hi!