Just a 1/4 mile north of the campground
Gorgeous seaside setting
Restaurants, markets, cafés, and shops
Officially recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, the town of Mendocino is just a few minutes drive to the north. The village is vibrant and beautifully-preserved with gorgeous natural surroundings complemented by beautiful architecture—rows of elegant Victorians, New England Salt Box cottages, the iconic Presbyterian Church, Mendocino Hotel and Kwan Tai Temple. The historic Main Street and Lansing Avenue are populated with beautiful toy shops, galleries, boutiques, new and used bookstores, chocolatiers, pubs, coffee houses and interesting restaurants catering to foodies, hippies and hipsters alike. Between the town’s edge and the ocean lies the Mendocino Headlands State Park, whose winding pathways lead to secluded beaches and benches where visitors can take in the show of breaching whales and barking sea lions.
The town of Mendocino was not always so quaint. In the mid-to-late 1800s, it was a booming logging community with a population surpassing 30,000. The now pristine Mendocino Headlands ocean bluff which affords spectacular views from town was then crowded with shops, boarding houses, lively saloons, and brothels. By the early 1900s, logging was on a decline, and by the 1940s, the town had all but been abandoned.
Since the opening of the Mendocino Arts Center in the 70s, the town experienced a revival and is now home to an eclectic community of artists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, farmers and forward thinkers. It hosts a number of festivals including the Mendocino Film Festival in June, the week-long Mendocino Music Festival in July, and small events celebrating the region’s bounty throughout the year, including Dungeness crab, salmon, craft beers, regional wine, and wild mushrooms.
Here are some of our favorite places to visit when we’re in a browsing mood:
Rainsong Clothing 10-5pm daily, 10470 Lansing Street
Be warned, you will find something here you love and can’t live without.
Rainsong Shoes 10-5pm daily, 10483 Lansing Street
You can find the perfect shoe here for almost every occasion - life, work or play.
Gallery Book Shop & Book Winkles Children’s Books 9:30 - 4pm daily, 319 Caston Street
We treasure our local independent bookstore. It’s large, well stocked, is home to a sweet cat and lovely new addition selling cards and gifts.
Main Street Books 11 - 4pm daily, 990 Main Street
This is a wonderful used book shop featuring a wide range of interests and authors.
Erin Keller Home open daily except Monday, 10:30-5:30 daily, 10450 Lansing Street
Erin’s shop is magical and a great place to pick up a special gift, beautiful accessory for your home or just get inspired.
Mendocino Chocolate Company 10 - 5:30 daily, 10466 Lancing Street
Yum - try their Coconut Stacks, Seamist Caramels, Mendocino Breakers and almond crusted toffee. Their boxed chocolates are also available for in-tent delivery. Call our office for more information or add a box to your reservation when booking online.
Prentice Gallery 10 - 5:30 daily, 45050 Main Street,
Such a beautiful gallery featuring photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and woodworking. The gallery represent an impressive group of artists including: Sanna Koski, Doug Desmond, Edward Gordon, Janis Porter and Don McCullough.
Village Sock Shop 10-5pm daily, 44966 Ukiah Street
Socks are so much fun to wear and give. And as you can imagine, a shop dedicated to socks is sure to offer an unbelievable variety.
Harvest Market at Mendosas, 7:30 - 10pm, 10501 Lansing Street
Purchase your camp provisions at this upscale grocery.
Corners of the Mouth - 8-8pm daily, 45015 Ukiah Street
This well-stocked natural food co-op is located in a historical church building just off main street. Here you’ll find wonderful bulk items, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and prepared foods.
Village Toy Store 10450 Lansing St,
Specializing in old fashioned toys like Wooden Blocks, Raggedy Ann Dolls, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Puppets, Classic Children's Books, Trains, Puzzles…they also have and amazing selection of beautifully illustrated children’s books.
Out of This World, 10-5 daily, 45100 Main Street
Telescopes, Binoculars, Games, Puzzles, Robotics, Brainy Books, Astrology, Anatomy …serving all of your interplanetary needs since 1988.
Sallie Mac 10-5 daily, 10540 Lansing Street
A unique destination offering beautiful artisan-made gifts and home & garden accessories from the European countryside.