This will be our last blog on the trip that Joan & I took to Northern California. The intention of these blogs were not to bore you with the details of our trip but to give you some ideas in case your planning a trip.
The last phase of our trip was Mendocino California after 3 nights in Healdsburg at the Honor Mansion. The road to Mendocina is Highway 128 and I must say I have never been on a road or highway like that in my life. It was a pretty neat thing to experience, however you must be very careful because of the winding road, sharp turns, not to mention the steep cliffs that you can fall over. I personally did not mind but my wife Joan did not have a great experience as she held on to the grip above the passenger seat for dear life.
It was a very pretty to drive to Mendocino highlighted by the beautiful Red Wood Forest that you drive by along Highway 128. The Red Wood Forest blocked the sun out so much that you almost needed your headlights in broad daylight to see well. During the drive from Healdsburg to Mendocino, you pass through the Anderson Valley which is full of wineries, perhaps the most noted one being the Korbel Winery. Joan and I stopped to visit and had tastings of wine and some champagne.
Back in the 1960’s Mendocino was known as a hippy community and it is still that way to some extent. You still see people in the town that were part of the hippy generation that are now in their 60’s & 70’s. You could tell at one point they were young hippys. So overall it is a different experience to witness. We saw a few places on Highway 128 where they make marijuana for medical purposes.
When we arrived in Mendocino, we went to the Stanford Inn and that’s where we stayed for 3 nights. The Stanford Inn was more like a rustic kind of lodge than a hotel, and had a very large room with a nice balcony overlooking a hilly view of the Pacific Ocean. Kayaks and canoes are available for use and rental on the Big River, which is actually an estuary right behind the Stanford Inn. Just behind there is where the Big River and the Pacific Ocean join. The beach along the Big River is nice and you would see people camping and and having a great time. We had a wonderful walk on the beach there on a chilly day. It is a very deserted beach. The Stanford Inn is entirely Vegan- all of the food is entirely plant food and vegetables-no animal food whatsoever. The Vegan food was really not suitable for our particular taste but I’m sure there are many people that would find that very appealing. Breakfast was included in the price of the room, however since the Vegan menu was not appealing to us we ate no other meals at the Stanford Inn. Overall at the Stanford Inn we were very happy with the service and the accomadations.
The town of Mendocina is very beautiful with wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean nearly from anywhere in that very small town. Mendocino has small shops to visit that you can visit all in one day and Joan found a lovely bracelet that she bought and just loves. She has not taken it off since we have been back. There were really not too many restaurant choices to choose from in Mendocina. The first two nights we ate at the Mendocino Cafe which was very delicious, and I would recommend you have most of your dinners there. On the 3rd night we ate a very tasty Pizza Place. I don’t recall the name but it was the only one in the town.
While in Mendocino we took a short 15 to 20 minute drive to Fort Bragg, California which is a larger town than Mendociono. It had a very nice but small indoor mall. Also, Fort Bragg is known for a beach called the Glass Beach. The glass refers to small pebbles formed by volcanic activity. I climbed down the rocks onto the beach just to feel and see what some of the pebbles looked like. Joan watched since she did not want to climb down the jagged rocks to get down to the beach.
The following morning it was time to leave Mendocino, and we drove through San Francisco to a town called Millbray, which is near the San Francisco airport. We wanted to stay at a hotel near the airport because we had an early morning plane to catch to head back home to San Antonio.
I would like to warn everyone that it is not a great idea to cross the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour as traffic was backed up for about 3 miles.
We drove through heavy traffic in San Francisco and finally made it to Millbray. We found a wonderful Vietnamese Restaurant. I apologize, but I cannot remember the name of it but we did see a long line out the door, so we decided to try it.
The following day we departed and flew back to San Antonio, and it was the end of a very memorable trip. Feel free to call me or email me anytime if your considering a trip like this and I will try to be helpful. Thank you for reading these blogs,and on our upcoming blogs we will get back to topics that are real estate related.
Scott Myers, Century 21 Scott Myers, Realtors