Mendocino's South Coast - Beauty, Tranquility and Hidden Gems

The South Coast of Mendocino - bordering Sonoma County - is a place of tranquility that beckons the adventurer who wants to breathe the salty, fresh ocean air, feel the breeze on the beach and take in lingering golden sunsets. Enjoy one of California most dramatic drives as Highway One meanders through unhindered dairy lands, rolling golden hills, breathtaking vistas and valleys through farmland.  You’ll wind up and down through rocky cover, unrestrained ocean views and slip silently through tiny coastal villages. Inns scatter the headlands, inviting walks to the ocean or whale watching from the terrace. Hidden jewels of restaurants offer fresh-caught fish, organic poultry and beef, local vegetables and herbs for a farm-to-table masterpiece. A feeling of timelessness is apparent – from Point Arena, with its landmark lighthouse, to emerald-colored Gualala River bordering Sonoma County. Enjoy the neighboring towns of Anchor Bay, Fort Ross, Annapolis, Timber Cover and Sea Ranch.  


Fine Dining And Local Wine

Bird Café and Supper Club – Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.  Pair local, Anderson Valley Wines and a full bar with local, seasonal, Mendocino Country cuisine on Main Street in the historic Point Arena Hotel.

St. Orres – Enjoy dinner and Sunday brunch in the dramatic, three story Main Dining Room featuring award-winning, freshly prepared, organic and wild foraged North Coast Cuisine. For lighter fare, relax in the cozy Seaside Bar with a seasonally-changing, small plates menu. A full breakfast is brought to your cottage or cabin each morning!

Uneda Eat - A new menu every day features local, organic ingredients that mixes California cuisine with Euro-Asian influences. 

Pamper Yourself

The Coastal Relaxation Spa at The Sea Ranch Lodge – Visit the spa or book and in-room massage as you soak in the calming, South Coast vibes.

Your Home Away From Home

VACASA - Vacation rental homes at The Sea Ranch, Gualala and at other locations along the Sonoma and Mendocino coast of Northern California.

The Sea Ranch Lodge - A magical place; not a resort, not a hotel, but a residential community that includes redwood forests, seaside meadows and miles of ocean bluffs on the Mendocino / Sonoma Coast. 

Wildflower Boutique Motel - Sustainable, local, contemporary comfort.  Just as the spring wildflowers follow the winter rains, what was once a closed and deteriorating motel has been reimagined. The Wildflower’s interior and exterior celebrate the beauty of the native plants found in Mendocino County.

St. Orres Hotel & Creekside Cottages - The European style hotel and cottages nestled in the redwoods is the epitome of "treat yourself." 

Coasting Home Vacation Rentals - An entire home to yourself in Gualala, Sea Ranch and Sonoma. 

Gualala Country Inn - Cozy rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Gualala River and the beach. 

Seacliff Motel On The Bluff - Awaken to the sounds and smells of the ocean with views of the beach. 

The Adventure Starts Here

Adventure Rents - This canoe and kayak livery is a full service river outfitting company offering delightful boating experiences on the Gualala River for all skill levels. 

B. Bryan Preserve – Visit Africa on the Mendocino Coast! The preserve breeds and preserves endangered animals like zebra, giraffe and antelope. Reservations required.

Digging Dog Nursery -A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines that flourish in a variety of garden settings throughout the country.

Point Arena Lighthouse - Museum and tower tours of the tallest lighthouse on the west coast. Visit for a full moon tour! 

Treasures To Take Home

PlacewaresDesign and art for the home featuring contemporary housewares and gifts. The store gallery exhibits work from local artists with an emphasis on architecture and place.

Casari Ranch Mercantile – Locally grown, milled and made wool bedding and home accessories. Casari Ranch is also home to Equine Guided Education, an annual wool festival and farm stays.

Red Stella – Coastal living with an urban edge. A retail retreat for women of all ages featuring designer dresses, accessories, shoes, home decor, gifts and a whole lot more.

Blossom Home Decor - Amazing one of a kind items you wont find any where else on the coast.  Jewlery from local designers, beautiful rare plant and succulent arrangements, handmade pillows and accessories. 

Coast Highway Artists Collective - A classical and contemporary, multimedia gallery of local talent. 

Point Arena Lighthouse - High end, high quality gift store with many unique items from local jewelry to books, postcards, decorative housewares, children’s items, clocks and wall art, posters, glassware and more. 


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