The town of Mendocino is a charming destination spot nestled between the spectacular Pacific Ocean coast and the majestic redwoods, with windswept cliffs and waves crashing against the rugged shoreline. The small ocean peninsula community is a major jewel on the northern California coastline.
Mendocino Headlands State Park winds around Mendocino Bay, and is a wildlife corridor linking coast and inland areas. The spring/summer wildflowers are profuse. If you hike the beaches and cliff trails you will see spectacular ocean views, blowholes, wave tunnels, sea arches, grottos, and tide pools. Along the Mendocino Headlands Trail, are old cross-ties from the oxen-powered railway that dumped lumber to ships below the bluff nearly a century ago. From secluded bluffs, you can hear seals splashing and barking.
A short drive 2 miles north of Mendocino is Russian Gulch State Park famous for rock fishing, swimming, skin diving, tide pools, bicycling, a 36-foot high waterfall, and a Devil’s Punch Bowl of churning water.
Mendocino County is an outdoor wonderland – where you can explore the giant groves of the primeval Montgomery Woods, or walk along the untouched coastline of the Spring Ranch. Deep in the heart of the coastal range are magnificent groves of old growth coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) that, for a few years, contained the tallest known tree on the planet (its top has since been blown off by lightning)!
Mendocino Coast’s spectacular scenery has been the source of inspiration for many artists, and art galleries, theatre and music abound. The Mendocino coast has made appearances on many television shows (“Murder, She Wrote,” most notably) and movies (East of Eden, The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming and Overboard just to name a very few). Murder, She Wrote was set in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine. but filmed in Mendocino.
There will be an opportunity to explore Mendocino during your stay at the workshop.