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Things to Do

There are many great restaurants and eateries within walking distance. Below is a short description of each. It’s a good idea to make reservations for most of them and we will be happy to make them for you, just ask!

Café Beaujolais
(707) 937-5614 Located at Ukiah and School Street
Elegant mainstay features seasonal French inspired cuisine and local wines in a Victorian farmhouse. A hallmark of Café Beaujolais’ cooking is the use of organically grown produce. In addition, most of our meat, poultry and eggs come from animals humanely raised in a free-range environment without chemical-supplemented feed. As for the sea’s harvest, our purveyors often provide locally line-caught or farmed seafood.

955 Ukiah Street Restaurant
(707) 937-1955 Located at 955 Ukiah Street
Despite its off-the-beaten-path address, this longtime Mendocino “locals’ secret” draws them in with “creative”, reasonably priced New American-French fare  and a staff overseen by husband-and-wife “owner-operators”;additionally, “no one is in a hurry” here, which always makes for a “relaxing atmosphere”in the “peaceful and beautiful” setting.
Open Thursday to Sunday

(707) 937-3200 Located at 10390 Kasten Street
Trillium Cafe is located right in the middle of Mendocino village. Our restaurant is beautiful and cozy, with a fire place and ocean views. When the weather permits, we have our outside deck open, which has ocean views of Big River Bay, and our beautiful culinary flower garden.

Mendocino Café
(707) 937-2422 Located at 10451 Lansing St.
Small eatery with inside and deck seating, water views, serving an eclectic menu of Thai-inspired cuisine. Serving the local and global community international cuisine composed of organic ingredients healthy for the planet and our customers.

MacCallum House Restaurant
(707) 937-0289 Located at 45020 Albion St.
Upscale California dining in a Victorian setting with ocean views.

(707) 937-3569 Located upstairs at the water tower 45040 Main St.
California cuisine of organic meats and vegetable, craft cocktails highlighting sustainable, peak-season ingredients. Offering local, organic meats & vegetables blended to perfection, as well as many vegan and gluten free options. Dine in bliss with breathtaking coastal views from our outdoor patio or indoor dining room.

Patterson’s Pub
(707) 937-4782 Located at 10485 Lansing St.
Friendly, folksy Irish pub with modern pub grub and global beers. (No reservations)

(707) 937-2436 Located at 44951 Ukiah St
Pizza, salad, soup, falafel and ice cream! Beer and wine (No reservations)


Additional Mendocino Dining Options

Cultured Affair Cafe
Lunch, Casual
(707) 937-1430

Garden Bakery
Baked Goods, Mexican Specialties, Casual
(707) 937-3140

Goodlife Café & Bakery
Coffee, Breakfast & Lunch
(707) 937-0836

Mendocino Hotel Restaurant
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(707) 937-0511

Mendocino Market & Deli
Lunch, Market

Moody’s Organic Coffee Bar
(707) 937-4843

Taqueria Mendocino
Mexican, Lunch, Dinner
(707) 937-2237

Tote Fete
Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Seafood, Burgers
(707) 937-3383

We love Mendocino! It’s mellow and exciting all at once. There is a blend of those who have never left the ’60s and others who are way into sophistication. The water towers are a source of delight. The seascapes … divine! Of course, the many and varied restaurants are a favorite with guests. We’ve put together our TOP TEN things to see and do when visiting the Mendocino Coast and Joshua Grindle Inn. Let this remind you that staying the night is great and staying longer is better. Enjoy …mendocino coast light house

1) Explore the coastline – Sheer bluffs rising from a rocky shoreline, crashing waves, unique rock formations and sandy beach coves. A must see for all visitors, whether walking, bicycling or viewing from the car. State Parks dot the coastline and provide access for viewing, excellent hiking trails and information on the local habitats. Our favorites are the Mendocino Headlands State Park and Russian Gulch State Park.

2) Mendocino Art Center – Local artists create, teach, exhibit, and preserve art; and cultivate a vibrant regional arts environment to ensure access to all people, enrich each visitor’s experience, and preserve the community’s artistic heritage.

3) Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – 47 acres of gardens stretching to the coastal bluffs. Featuring many different garden areas such as the Heritage Rose Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the Woodland garden, Heaths and Heathers garden. Bring a picnic basket or get lunch at Rhodies. Open year round.

4) MuseumsKelly House Museum and Ford House Museums – See the Kelley House as it existed in the 1860’s and learn about the rich history of Mendocino. Walking tours: Take a guided tour around the village and learn about the history of the coast and town, the mills and the artists.

5) Local Theater CompaniesMendocino Theater Company and Gloriana Musical Theater, both offering rich live entertainment year round.

6) The lighthouses! Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Point Arena Lighthouse are both nearby. Tour the lighthouses and learn their history. Point Cabrillo State Park includes 300 acres of an impressive variety of wildlife and hiking trails.

7) Horseback riding – Join a group or reserve a private trail ride on the beach or through the redwoods with Ross Ranch Horseback Rides.

8) Kayaking rentals and sea cave tours – Rent a kayak and explore the ocean and local waterways or go on a sea cave tour and let someone else do the work. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy your time on the water. Catch A Canoe &  Kayak Mendo

9) Skunk Train – All Aboard the famous Skunk Train! Nostalgia rings down the line in the sights, sounds and smell of trains moving through the wild. Rides run through the redwoods between Fort Bragg and Willits.

10) Noyo Harbor – Charter fishing and whale watching boats can be found at Noyo Harbor as well as great fresh fish and seafood at this working harbor. Sunsets from this vantage point are often spectacular.

Mendocino (formerly, Big River, Meiggstown, and Mendocino City) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Mendocino is located 9.5 miles (15 km) south of Fort Bragg, at an elevation of 154 feet (47 m).The population is approximately 900. The town’s name comes from Cape Mendocino, named by early Spanish navigators in honor of Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain.

Despite its small size, the town’s scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an artist colony and with vacationers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) of it (69.58%) is water.

Mendocino experiences a cool summer Maritime Mediterranean climate. Summers are characterized by frequent fog and highs mostly in the upper sixties and lows in the fifties. Winters rarely, if ever, see frost or snow, due to close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino averages about 43 inches of rain per year concentrated mainly in fall, winter, spring, and early summer.

Many films and movies have been filmed in and around Mendocino and Mendocino County, including Dying Young, The Russians Are Coming; Overboard; The Dunwich Horror; The Karate Kid, Part III; Dead & Buried; Forever Young; Same Time Next Year; Racing with the Moon; Pontiac Moon; and The Majestic. Mendocino was depicted as turn-of-the-20th-century Monterey in the James Dean classic East of Eden, and it served as a New England resort town in Summer of ’42 (the latter film featuring numerous local Mendocino High School students as extras).

However, the TV series Murder, She Wrote has had the largest impact on the community.Nine episodes of the 264-episode program were filmed in Mendocino, while exterior shots throughout Mendocino were used in the remaining episodes. The program was broadcast for 12 seasons, from September 1984 until May 1996, and won many awards. Many local residents looked forward to the yearly filming, as over a hundred and fifty were chosen to play background parts. A lucky few were cast for speaking roles. Murder, She Wrote also brought in more money to the town due to increased tourism — by some estimates, around $2,000,000. The local high school band appeared in one of the episodes and received enough money from the appearance to go on a band trip.

Mendocino is also the home of the Mendocino Film Festival which was first held in May 2006. Because the area is a haven for artists, the festival honors them with a special “artist category”, in addition to the documentary, feature and short film categories.


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“The innkeepers were great and the breakfast was amazing! Everything was very clean and tidy and the grounds were beautifully maintained. And the inn was only a short walk down the road to main street and the water. It was great, we hope to come back soon!”
Kristin, West Sacramento, CA