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  • Mini-Vacation in Mendocino

Mini-Vacation in Mendocino

This past weekend we packed our bags, left our laptops behind, and headed to Mendocino, and it was beautiful!

We drove up Saturday and planned on finding a site to camp. We were told that it shouldn't be full, but of course it was! We eventually found a place to camp. It was so cold! I was so excited for Sunday and some sun. We packed up our gear and started to explore Mendocino the next morning. We hiked around Russian Gulch State Park. 

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The blues of the ocean are just so beautiful.

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We had brunch at Egghead's Restaurant where we had some delicious pumpkin waffles and an eggs benedict. Luckily there was no wait and we were seated right away. 

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After that we walked around that area and checked out some of the stores before we headed over to Glass Beach! I had seen beautiful pictures of Glass Beach and didn't realize that there wasn't really any glass there anymore. I thought I would see so much glass, but I was sad to find none in sight. Grant was determined though and it paid off. He found a small part of the beach that had some glass left! I was so excited!

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I didn't take any of the glass. I hope that the glass will remain and continue to enchant others. 

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I love how the glass looks with the rest of the rocks, and it just wouldn't be the same without any glass. Fingers crossed that it'll still be there when I go back.

Our next stop was getting delicious fish and chips from Sea Pal Cove Restaurant. They have an outside patio where you can eat and soak up the sun. It was also pet-friendly. Pretty much everywhere we went was pet-friendly.

From there we went to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. There we visited the little aquarium and museum. The fresnel lens of the lighthouse is so pretty. It was hard to capture it's beauty. 

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It was finally time to check-in to our hotel. We decided to stay at Heritage House Resort. My friend recommended it to us, and it was great! We had a beautiful view of ocean and a nice patio for us to relax and enjoy the sunset. I really wanted to see some whales, but didn't see any. Next time!

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We eventually wanted to find dinner, but it was harder than expected. Places closed earlier than noted. We went to three different places before we found one that would serve us.

Wild Fish was right next to a gas station and we weren't sure what to expect, but it was delicious! We had a great mushroom crab soup, focaccia bread, lavender lemonade, sword fish, halibut, sticky pudding, and lemon basil creme brulee. Everything was excellent. It was definitely on the pricer side, but we thought it was well worth the splurge.  

The next morning we checked out of our hotel and went to explore Mendocino Headlands State Park before hitting the road. 

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We then headed back on the 1 to the 128. We stopped at Toulouse Vineyards for some wine tasting. I loved their Muscat. It tasted yummy and smelled of lychee. 

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We continued on the 128 and drove down to Boonville. I grabbed a milkshake at a cute little shop named Paysanne and looked at the pretty things in Farmhouse Mercantile

We then went down the road to Anderson Valley Brewing Company. We were lucky to catch the last tour of the day. It was cool to see how it all comes together and how they stress being green.

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At the end of the tour we did a tasting. I loved their Blood Orange Gose, and took some home.  I highly recommend it if you like sours like me. We then decided to try out disc golf! I've never played disc golf, but they have an 18-hole course so we tried it out. I was horrible at it. Nonetheless it was fun and we now have frisbees to try it in Golden Gate Park. 

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As we were about to leave the brewing company I saw this baby goat wandering outside of the fence, and it was a great end to our trip. 

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We then headed home with a dinner stop at The Counter, to remind me of Santa Monica. Our mini vacation was a success, and I can't wait for our next adventure. Until then, back to work. Kisses!


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