With its dramatic ocean-bluff setting overlooking a steel-blue sea, this coastal hamlet is an obvious magnet for artists, romantics, and lovers of anything wild and untamed. Mendocino is a coastal community in northern California. It's known for the cliffside trails and beaches of Mendocino Headlands State Park.
This tucked-away village wasn’t always so charmingly peaceful: during the height of the logging boom in the mid- to late-1800s, Mendocino bustled with people and commerce, a thriving port filled with lively hotels and saloons. Now, luxurious B&Bs welcome you to curl up by the fire; restaurants serve just-caught seafood and local organic wines, and galleries beckon with artwork and quality handcrafts.
We had one night stay at a renovated water tower, which was very authentic and cute. Mendocino is well know for it’s water towers, which is still in use and provide the village with water.
Included was a breakfast basket, which arrived at our doorstep 8:30. We brought it with us to the beach and enjoyed a delicious breakfast overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.
Bowling Ball Beach
On the way back to Mill Valley, we stopped at Bowling Ball Beach which is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach. It looks as though the beach has been scattered with oversized bowling balls. Almost perfectly spherical, stones like these have caused wild speculation, with answers from aliens to dinosaurs.
Best observed at low tide, the so-called bowling balls are actually a geological phenomena known as “concretion”, sedimentary rock formed by a natural process wherein mineral cements bind grains of sand or stone into larger formations. These boulders are the result of millions of years of concretion and erosion, exposing the hard spheres as the mudstone of the cliffs receded around them.