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    Weekend on the Mendocino Coast


    Okay, now that I am back from my deathbed because of a fun cold I’ve had, I wanted to share our MDW on the coast! We escaped for the long weekend up the California/Mendocino Coast to the Little River/Mendocino/Fort Bragg area. The two of us wanted to experience more of the coast and our anniversary along with a long weekend were the perfect excuses to get away, relax and reflect on what Memorial Day really means.

    |F R I D A Y|

    Friday after work, we drove up the 101 to the 128 and popped out on Highway 1. First, the 128 at night is DARK – those massive redwoods let no light through…so if you aren’t a fan of a route with low visibility (at night) take Highway 1 the whole way up. I will say that taking the 128 up and Highway 1 down, really let us see the crazy landscapes of northern California, how a mere mile can look drastically different; in the most amazing way possible.

    Heritage House Entrance

    For the weekend, we stayed at The Heritage House Resort in Little River – only about 5.5 miles south of downtown Mendocino. Situated on the edge of a rocky cove, above the Pacific Ocean, this Oasis was everything we could have asked for. The original building on the property, an ivy-covered English style home with a bright red door, was built in 1877 and is the main vein of the property. Their check-in, bar, and restaurant are all located in this building. We stayed in a small 3 room condo and were completely blown away with as soon as we entered. From the outside, we expected a more “rustic” and older room but with their recent remodel, the room was cozy and modern with a gas fireplace and the more unreal CLAW FOOT TUB which overlooked the ocean.

    Heritage House Claw Foot Tub Heritage House Tub

    |S A T U R D A Y|

    Since we arrived at night, we didn’t get to see what our view was until the morning. When we woke up the next morning, the most beautiful gray fog was engulfing the outlet, waves were crashing on the rocks and the birds were chirping. It was the most amazing sensation to wake up to – not something we get all the time in a busy city. We made our way to breakfast at the in the main building where we planned our day of exploring. The waiters were incredibly friendly and helpful, provided us with a map and pointed out some highlights of what to see and what to avoid.

    H. House Hotel Room Room View
    Our day went as follows: Drive north to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 〉 keep north to Fort Bragg and see the North Coast Brewing Co. and anything else along Main Street 〉 head back south and stop at Van Damme State Park but instead of heading to the beach we headed into the forest 〉 finally finish our day back at the resort. Continue Reading →