This summer, dad wanted to take us up the Mendocino Coast/Fort Bragg which is in Mendocino County located four hours north of San Francisco also 4 hours north of where I am from, Granite Bay (which is 2 hours inland from SF, you got that? haha.), So it’s straight up North for us, but not exactly easy to get to. By this I mean, pretty windy roads along the mountains that Benjamin and I started to get quite nauseous towards the end.
I want to share all the photos I took on our trip to Mendocino Coast/Fort Bragg area with you and where we went and what we did so you can get some ideas when you one day head to this gorgeous location in Northern California. Because we took so many photos from doing SO many things, I have to break this trip up into two parts. This is a long post with tons of photos but I consider this the Ultimate Mendocino County Fort Bragg photo tour blog post – this post will focus on just the coastal part! Stay tuned for Part Two which will feature the Redwoods!
I said out loud, “This reminds me of Ireland!” because it truly did.
My heart skipped a beat, I really do love Northern California so much and not just because I’m from there. I just love the trees, coastal line, and the slower pace and less traffic.
I would move in a heartbeat if only there was a nearby airport. However, I suppose the reason this place is a little less frequented is because of that very reason.
Check out the 101 things to do in Mendocino. Here are just a few of the fun things we did (along with sharing some videos from IG stories). I hope one day you get to visit, it’s definitely worth it! It’s now one of my favorite spots in the country.
Here are some videos that will show you how gorgeous the coastline was on our first day –
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
We also checked out the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, good idea dad! It is 47 acres of botanical, gardens and the path leads you right to the Mendocino Coast.
First, the gate that prevents the deer from coming into the gardens and well, eating everything. Isn’t this gate gorgeous? I sure would love to figure out how to make one for our home!
The path takes you straight to the coast. We saw a deer take off from the field.
It was everything dreamy. Words cannot express how I felt looking out and just enjoying the views, the weather, the ocean. I am so in love with the ocean and would love to have a view of it over any other view! I really felt rested looking out and hearing the waves crash.
I would have loved to have this be our Christmas photo but Benjamin wasn’t exactly Instagram ready haha! It’s OK. We did find out Christmas photo spot, and it was unexpected. Nothing too over the top but it’s unique and I cannot wait to show you in December, hahahaaa. After these two posts go up perhaps you can guess.
We also spotted a bright red starfish down below! I dunno guys, but that bright red starfish doesn’t seem very friendly. Red to me signals stay away.
We continued walking to the vegetable garden. Ahhhh, I cannot wait for fall to plant. I also wish I could lay down bark between my garden beds but we have flood irrigation so it would float away.
I felt right at home and could have stayed all day truthfully, I mean drop me off, I’m home guys!
Here are some stories from IG of the Mendocino Botanical Gardens –
Canoeing down Big River
Dad requested that we wake up early to be ready to rent a canoe at a place called Catch a Canoe (so cute!) at Big River. We arrived about 30 minutes before it opened. Yep, dad’s quite early. He was worried about the canoes being taken. Don’t worry, no one else was there at 9 am, LOL.
So, we waited and enjoyed the stillness of the morning and watched the fog float atop the Big River.
I sure do miss fog. Even though I lived a bit more inland growing up in Granite Bay we would have fog from the bay in the mornings. It’s just magical.
We saw otters, they were adorable, and let me also tell you that you should be aware that there is no easy coasting with this canoe rental. Like you must row or you aren’t going anywhere, LOL. Thank goodness for my dad and Benjamin. I did a little bit the three hour rental is enough to get pretty far up and back. We laughed because my mom and I were pretty useless. We’re still glad we went though, super fun!
See the live action of the canoeing here –
For shopping and restaurants, we went walked down Main Street. First stop, we bought some jam at Mendocino Jams (Benjamin really got excited seeing it and picked the rhubarb jam). It was such a sweet store and incredibly popular and lots of unique jams to taste! Benjamin chatted up the employee and found out he was from Scottsdale and moved to Mendocino per his friend’s encouragement as a place to retire! Boy what a great idea.
Main Street is a cute little street and that is when I thought this has to be similar to what you see in Nantucket. The coastal charm!
We ate at a restaurant that was like a tower, what a view. I didn’t take photos of it. I obviously took some photos on this trip but I really tried hard to not over do it.
I wanted to actually be on vacation but of course outfits and creating content is still important and I also wanted to show you this place so it’s worth taking the time to stop and take a photo when necessary.
IG stories –
And let’s not forget Glass Beach which I blogged about in this post.
It was so lovely we went back the next day. We had anticipated this being the spot for our Christmas photos but the beach didn’t translate to showcasing Glass Beach unless you were so close up to it. That didn’t work for us, what a bummer.
But, heading to Glass Beach to show you was the agenda, and so we did.
And a video from Glass Beach if you missed it in the earlier post –
And that wraps up the coastal part of Mendocino County!
For more information, links and where we went in Fort Bragg in Mendocino County:
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
- Mendocino Main Street (shops and restaurants)
- Glass Beach
- Canoeing down Big River with Catch a Canoe
- Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree
- Skunk Train through the Redwoods
- Rail Biking (available across the country!)
- 101 Things to do in Mendocino
Diana Elizabeth had her deviated septum surgery yesterday and cannot sleep with her mouth open. And so, at 3:30 am she publishes this post and looks forward to getting the packing out of her nose today at 10 am.