Monday, October 24, 2011

Long Weekend: Mendocino


Last weekend, Tim and I had a little "us" time up the coast in Mendocino. It is one of those places where everywhere you turn, there is a photo that is screaming to be taken. It is one of those towns that is so full of character and charm, it is bursting. And so we go again and again.

One of the things that makes this place so unique in its charm may also be the thing that might frustrate any who wish to move here. It is isolated, and the Historical Preservation oversight is extremely strict. Building here is very difficult. But that is what makes this place what it is.


 We stayed here at the Blair House, the place where Angela Lansbury gardened in Murder She Wrote. It was so quiet and peaceful, the bed was so comfortable, I almost was woken up by the lack of dogs barking, leaf blowers and garbage trucks. Our host was a man named Norm who made breakfast for us each morning, sat with us while we ate the best granola I have ever tasted and gave us information about the perfect hike up Russian Gulch to a beautiful waterfall. 


The view from our room was so pretty with purple Hibiscus reaching up the the second floor. Sunrise came late enough to let us catch a glimpse.

We walked a bit though town before heading out for the Waterfall hike. The houses next door to Blair House were just as pretty.....




Blair House
 The next street down had another Inn called MacCallum House Inn. We will try next time we visit. We try to stay somewhere new every time we go......  

MacCallum House Inn
Another Inn we'd like to try a little bit South of the town of Mendocino is the Little River Inn. It has the only golf course around....

Little River Inn
One of the shops that has closed in town used to be a furniture shop that had specialized in Craftsman style furniture. I love the building which was once a residence with the prettiest sun porch on the front facade. It is now for lease, and I can just imagine a wonderful home furnishings and decor shop here. Maybe I will open one someday....one can dream! It is another example of the architecture to be found here......


Many of the homes in town are on the Historical Registry. There are Gingerbread Victorians a plenty, as well as simple salt box homes like this one.....

This house is a shop for Oriental arts. It just caught my eye while I was shopping while Tim was watching the 49er's game in a local pub.....


I never fail to visit the high steepled Mendocino Presbyterian Church. It stands facing the sea with such stoic presence, it never fails to inspire me. For a little history, click over HERE.


As always, we love to take walks and just enjoy the scenery.....There is so much of it.....it takes awhile to see it all.....






I had many more photos, but methinks that a long slide show of my vacation might be a bit too much!

Perhaps you will share some of yours with me if ever you get to Mendocino!

9 comments:

The enchanted home said...

Absolutely stunning, each and every one!

Renae Moore said...

Lucky you....what a fun place to 'hang out'! Missing Cali!
xx

The Zhush said...

Beautiful photos...would love to visit this place one day (sigh!)

Kay Ellen said...

I love Mendocino..I think has been over a year since I visited... :(

Now I want to take drive!

Thank you for the sharing your journey.

Kay Ellen

24 Corners said...

The Practical Magic house would feel right at home in Mendocino...as would I! The homes are all beautiful...bring on the slide show.
xo J~

Anonymous said...

Your blog made me weep. The pictures and your comments were so touching. Thank you for sharing such a moving experience. I hope others will be as enriched as I was. Ann

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I love your blog and photos. Don't you just love Mendocino! I stayed at the Albion River Hotel/Resort. Sounds like you had a great time!

hong kong property said...

the houses really looks awesome!!:D

Jeani said...

Beautiful houses !
Nice Blog