Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mendocino - A Weekend Getaway

We get a lot of questions on how we travel so much while working full-time. We try to make a lot of short trips. Most of our vacations are less than 5 days. We try to travel during long weekends, taking an extra day or two off work if we are traveling far. Staying in California has its advantages. There are so many weekend getaways to keep you busy an entire year! If you cannot spare an entire weekend, there are many options for day trips. The are many fabulous hiking trails that we love to visit during Summer evenings.

One such trip last fall was to Mendocino. It is about 4 hours drive from the bay area. We left on a friday evening, stopping for dinner in Vik's Chaat at Berkeley. We reached around midnight. We stayed at Sea Rock Bed and Breakfast Inn. It is a small B&B along the coastline. We had an ocean facing 2 bedroom suite. The view from our room was spectacular.  We were welcomed with complimentary wine and chocolates in our room. The rooms are very comfortable.  The decor was cabin-like but with really awesome pillow-top bedding.

The view from the room was stunning. This is what we woke up to in the morning. The ocean was just across the road and there were beach chairs and benches along the cliff. There were quaint little artifacts that gave it a cool vibe.

On Saturday we decided to do some hiking. There is a great spot that is only a 20 minute walk off of County Road 409, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg- a part of the Russian Gulch state park. This is the same state park that we wrote about in our Russian River post. There are short hikes in this part of the park along the ocean cliff . There is a hike through the forest that reminded me of the Emerald bay hike in Tahoe - my favorite hiking location. The hike had a surprise at the end- a waterfall. The waterfall was just trickling down the small cliffs, but was really beautiful.

On Sunday we decided to just drive along HWY 1, stopping at Vista points and beaches along the way. We chanced upon a wine tasting place in the most beautiful location. Below is the picture of the views you will get to enjoy while sipping your wine.

The drive back to the bay area was also very beautiful 

- Dee

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