Of all the beautiful places on the Left Coast, Mendocino is special to me. Never lived there, but visited often.
During the week this small artist town is generally quiet, except maybe during summer. Hiking along the cliffs of the Mendocino Headlands, looking out over the glistening deep blue Pacific Ocean, maybe a picnic lunch on one of the benches along the path always made the long, winding drive through Anderson Valley worth it.
Small shops teeming with locally crafted artwork, jewelry, paintings, and of course the usual knick-knacks sold to visitors. Old water towers, brilliant orange-colored California poppies, small wooden houses and windswept old trees, wine bars and micro breweries help you slow down and relax. Should you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to take the time and explore this area.