We took a relaxing trip to the beautiful Mendocino Coast in February, staying for a couple nights at the Stanford Inn, a “Historic Farm & Eco-Resort”. The weather was a mix of rainy skies on the day of arrival, with cool weather and sunshine on Sunday. The hotel was “top notch” and very relaxing. Taking a walk around the quaint “downtown” of Mendocino to all the shops and cafe’s was very pleasant. Not too many tourists in this “off season”, but that is an added bonus to anyone (like us) who want to experience the tranquility of the surroundings. The Pacific Ocean was gorgeous as usual, and the sea breeze absolutely refreshing. Our drive from Cloverdale off Hwy. 101 took us through beautiful scenery, redwoods, rivers, and vineyards, passing Boonville and the Anderson Valley. It was only about three hours each direction, and we had almost no traffic until returning to the area well south of Santa Rosa. Just before crossing the bridge, we stopped for a much needed coffee and snack in Benicia. Quite a wonderful and romantic trip!
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