Mendocino: Spring Flowers & Summer Events

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Spring Greetings!

The flowers are in full bloom here at Joshua Grindle Inn! Their thirst was quenched by the very wet winter and the sun is now warming them to their most spectacular showy selves. Our gardens are laden with lilies, irises, roses, poppies and of course, the beautiful “Rhodies”.

Please visit our GALLERY to see new springtime (and parlor) photos!

Spring will be turning to Summer soon so we wanted to make sure you were aware of all the great events going on in and around Mendocino. Below are some of our favorites:

A Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale ~ May 23rd
Spend a delightful afternoon sampling exceptional food, wine and ale from some of the finest wineries, breweries and food purveyors in Mendocino County. This is a tasty way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend in Mendocino while listening to live music by keyboardist Jack Leung and perusing the Silent Auction where you can bid on Mendocino County food and wine products to take home. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center.

The Mendocino Film Festival ~ June 1-4
Featuring 5 Oscar nominees (1 winner), 8 films fresh from Sundance, 8 California Premieres, and a U.S. Premiere combined to make a program of 37 films. 31 of the films are presented right here in Mendocino Village and the main festival venue is the Festival Tent located right behind our property!

The 25th Anniversary Mendocino Coast Garden Tour ~ June 24th
Take a behind the scenes glimpse of the some of the Mendocino Coast’s most beautiful gardens on this self-guided tour.

Flynn Creek Circus presents “InterActive” July 1-4
This charmingly nostalgic, top quality, all human circus features talented artists including extreme jugglers, balancing acts and nail biting high wire acts. Great for the whole family!

The Mendocino Music Festival ~ July 8- 22th
Over two dozen concerts, from blues to bluegrass, symphonies to opera, and jazz to Celtic and African, packed into just over two weeks in July. Some featured performances: Festival Orchestra with Livia Sohn (July 11), De Temps Antan (July 12), Vishten (July 12), Calder Quartet (July 13), California Honeydrops (July 13), Cantus (July 15), Ching-Yun Hu (July 16), Tierney Sutton (July 16), Blame Salley (July 19), Clarice Assad Trio (July 24), others.



See what’s going on now!
Mendocino Coast Calendar of Events

Present day Mendocino has a strong commitment to the arts with the focal point being the Art Center, three blocks from the Inn. The Center and its Showcase gallery on Main Street display the works of the students and graduates of its programs. Offering a wide variety of classes, workshops, festivals, fairs and entertainment to the public, the Center is the cultural hub of the North Coast.

Mendocino hosts numerous private galleries as well, which offer a wide selection of local artists and media, including paintings, wood carvings and furniture, wire sculpture, ceramics and weaving, to mention but a few.

The performing arts also play an important role in the life of the Mendocino community year-round. The Mendocino Theater Company, Gloriana Opera Company, Mendocino Dance Series, and The Mendocino Music Festival are a few of the groups providing a wealth of entertainment and cultural activity.

There are many fine restaurants in Mendocino which offer creative and gourmet meals. Food for every taste is offered in a variety of interesting and intimate settings, from French to California cuisine. A person could spend a full week in Mendocino and eat at a different restaurant every night, each with a wonderful selection on the menu. The Joshua Grindle Inn has a book complete with menus from all the best restaurants in the area, and our innkeepers are delighted to make lunch or dinner recommendations and reservations.

Mendocino is not only a special place because of its fine galleries and restaurants, but also known for the jewel-like quality of the scenery and its “small town” culture.

The village is set on the edge of a rugged coastline overlooking a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. To the west, the view is of the headlands and ocean, and to the east is dense redwood forest.

Mendocino has been called a “magical… gentle place” (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 8, 1992). The small-town atmosphere is both relaxing and reassuring. People on the street are happy to recommend a favorite restaurant, to tell you about a great place to shop or even, where to watch the seals.

If you are returning ... welcome back! If this is your first venture to Mendocino, you will most certainly be amazed!