About 3.5 hours north of San Francisco - by way of Rt. 128 (the inland route, as opposed to the 5 hr drive up the 1 (or PCH, Pacific Coast Highway, as it becomes the Shoreline Hwy)... I'm beginning to sound a bit like the skit "Californians" from SNL... anyway, lies a town that seems plucked right out of New England.
Actually, a particular TV show was filmed in Mendocino meant to be a coastal town in New England, Murder She Wrote. And, this isn't by accident. New Englanders drifted west in the early 1800s and with lumbermen among the settlers the architecture and design of the town is very New England - clapboard cottages, reminiscent of an old Ogunquit or Plymouth.
So well preserved in fact, Mendocino is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as most of it's properties have not changed much at all. It's a beautiful place.
That sea salt spray from the crashing waves against the headlands is like a daily skin refresher and lung opener. Some days of fog blanket the town in what Hygge must feel like.
I'm dragging on here, so onto some of the pictures.
A big thanks to Lark Hotels for putting the Mrs. and I up at your Blue Door Inn. These few photos don't do the area 100% justice. If I'd been on assignment I would've spent more time and been more intimate with Mendo, but being a vacation I had other obligations than to wander off with my camera.
But, I know this for sure, I'll be going back!