The Village of Mendocino is a charming
seaside community of unsurpassed beauty. Steeped in foggy clouds that
mingle with or give way to clear blue skies, the romantic village
appears in subdued tones and grays until the sun shines. That is when
you can see the bright colors of historic
buildings stretching several blocks along Main Street that are occupied with shops, museums
and restaurants to enjoy. With the flavor of the
northern California coast, gifts and food are not ordinary in
and other chain restaurants and shops are absent from the landscape
filled with individually owned businesses that offer everything from
deli pastries, fresh salads and healthy smoothies to books, Irish
gifts and one store with things for your senses. Mendocino Food Events
One hour or day in Mendocino is not
enough but if you are the fast traveler with only a few days to see
everything, here is what we recommend:
1) Take a walk along the paths near the
shops that overlook the ocean on Main Street. Edible berries grow wild
along the grasses and trails. The walk is pleasant and the views are
stunning. It only requires 15 minutes to escape city life and find
beauty in the serene setting that unfolds before your eyes.
2) Wander the grounds of the Mendocino
Presbyterian Church with its steeple and historic presence as the
oldest Presbyterian church in continuous use in California. Organized
on November 6, 1859, the building was constructed of redwood. 44831
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3) Stop in one of the shops and say
hello to a local. People seem generally happy, friendly and at peace
with their surroundings. Fantastic galleries and gift shops sell
Mendocino County was one of California’s original 27 counties,
created in 1850 by the State Legislature.
Because of its small population, Mendocino County was
administered by the government of Sonoma County until 1859, when the
government was established in a small building on Main Street in
Ukiah. County officials
moved into the first courthouse at the site bounded by Standley,
Perkins, State and Schools streets on January 24, 1860.
County derives its name from Cape Mendocino, which lies northward of
its northern boundary. Cape
Mendocino was given its name by a famous Spanish navigator of the 16th
century, Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo.
Cabrillo discovered it in 1542 while on a voyage of discovery
along the Pacific Coast and named it in honor of Don Antonio de
Mendoza”, the first Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico), and the patron of
first permanent Spanish settlers came to the area in the middle 16th
century. It was almost
300 years before the first permanent non-Spanish settlements in the
county were made on the coast north of Big River in April of 1852.
County encompasses an area of over 2 million acres or approximately
3500 square miles.