If you're looking for a picture perfect northern California vacation destination that your whole family can enjoy, plan a trip to Mendocino. Nestled between the majestic California mountains, redwood forests, and endless strips of pristine sand broken by rocky tide pools teeming with life, Mendocino is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers. Come here for glassy blue waves and winding trails with spectacular ocean overlooks.
Start your adventures by waking up in your own luxury vacation rental or mountain cabin. Enjoy breakfast on your terrace and then head into town for shopping and strolling among Mendocino's many art galleries and museums. Spend the afternoon on the beach snorkeling, swimming, or soaking up the sun. Go biking or jogging along the mountain trails, and if you don't plan to enjoy a night of Mendocino camping under the stars, head home to your vacation rental as the sun sets over the Pacific and host dinner for your family and friends.
Here are a few additional suggested activities for your trip:
-Go horseback riding: Ranches, just outside of the city center, offer guided trail rides through the hills or along the beach.
-Go whale watching: Mendocino is a wonderful place to charter a boat and head away from the shore to see grey whales, minkes, or humpbacks.
-Explore the Mendocino gardens: Mendocino is home to several beautifully maintained botanical gardens with native exotic species blooming during almost every season of the year.
-Relax in the spa: The Mendocino spa experience is not to be missed. Spend an afternoon wrapped in seaweed or enjoying a world-class massage.
-Take a dinner cruise: Raise a glass and experience award winning cuisine on the deck of a luxury sailboat. This is the perfect way to watch the sunset.
-Visit the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse: Climb to the top of this historic lighthouse that used to guide ships to safety.
You'll have no trouble finding the perfect vacation rental in Mendocino just a few steps away from the beach or the mountain trails. The right vacation home can offer all the luxury amenities that you and your family need to relax in style. While you're visiting Mendocino, you may also want to explore a few other California vacation destinations like San Francisco or Sonoma.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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