California road trip resources
Glendeven Inn and Lodge, 8205 N. Highway One, Little River. Tel: 707-937-0083 or 800-822-4536. Doubles $180-$325. Total comfort, whether in the old-fashioned farmhouse or sleekly contemporary lodge. www.glendeven.com
Inn at 2nd and C, 139 2nd St., Eureka. Tel: 707-444-3344. Doubles $129-$229. Beautifully restored inn in Eureka’s Old Town. www.theinnat2ndandc.com
Mendocino Grove, 9601 N. Highway One, Mendocino. Tel: 707-880-7710. Tents $135-$225. Tents with heated beds among lush green and great vistas. www.mendocinogrove.com
Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, Tel: 707-834-6555. Rates $75-$550 and up. A wide variety from town lofts to large houses amid spectacular Humboldt scenery. www.redwoodcoastvacationrentals.com
River’s End, 11048 Highway One, Jenner. Tel: 707-865-2484. Cottages $174-$279. ). Perfect Pacific views from these cabins perched on the edge of a cliff. www.ilovesunsets.com
Victorian Inn, 400 Ocean Avenue, Ferndale. Tel: 707-786-4949 or toll-free 888-589-1808. Doubles $179-$319. A winner at the heart of Ferndale, with its own great restaurant. www.victorianvillageinn.com
Mayan Fusion, 418 N. Main St., Fort Bragg. Tel: 707-961-0211. A taste of the Yucatan, whether in traditional or “fusion” dishes. www.mayanfusionftbragg.com
Mendocino Café, 10451 Lansing St., Mendocino. Tel: 707-937-6141. A wide selection of dishes and a lovely patio for al fresco dining. www.mendocinocafe.com
Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach. Tel: 415-383-6000. Dining with a British touch, less than a half hour from the San Francisco. www.pelicaninn.com
Salt Fish House, 761 8th St., Arcata. 707-630-5300. Inventive cookery in a hip atmosphere—much more
than just a “fish house.” www.saltfishhouse.com
Seascape, 1 Bay St., Trinidad. Tel: 707-677-3762. Down-home spot with a great view of Trinidad pier and well-prepared fish dishes. www.seascape-trinidad.com
Spud Point Crab Co., 1910 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay. Tel: 707-875-9472. Seafood joint for clam chowder or crab sandwiches overlooking the harbor.
Trink’s Café, 39140 Highway One, Gualala. Tel: 707-884-1713. Coffeehouse, café, or restaurant:
whichever label you choose, the food is fresh and delicious. www.trinkscafe.com
VI, 400 Ocean Avenue, Ferndale. Tel: 707-786-4950. The go-to place in Ferndale, offering topnotch
cuisine to locals and visitors alike. www.victorianvillageinn.com/the-vi-restaurant
Wild Fish, 7750 N. Highway One, Little River. Tel: 707-937-3055. Locally-grown produce and sustainable Pacific fish for prime freshness and flavor. www.wild-fish.com
Café Aquatica, 10439 Highway One, Jenner. Tel: 707-865-2251. Friendly little café with prime views from the deck.
Daily Grind, 2900 Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat. Tel: 707-943-3969. A welcoming little spot in tiny Myers Flat for caffeination while exploring the redwoods.
Goodlife Café and Bakery, 10483 Lansing St, Mendocino. Tel: 707-937-0836. My favorite in Mendocino for great food, even better coffee, and friendly staff (chia seed pudding is a must). www.goodlifecafemendo.com
Little Green Bean Roastery, 211 Main St., Point Arena. Tel: 707-684-9813. Tiny spot with artisan-roasted coffee and chocolate. www.littlegreenbeanroastery.com
Mind’s Eye Manufactory and Coffee Lounge, 393 Main St., Ferndale. Tel: 707-786-3393. Funky, friendly, and comfortable—just as a coffee house should be. www.mindseyemanufactory.com/coffee-lounge
Northtown Coffee, 1603 G St., Arcata. Tel: 707-633-6187. A must-visit in Arcata for its well-made
food, friendly atmosphere, and inventive coffee-counter drinks. www.organicnorthtown.com
Old Town Coffee and Chocolate, 211 F. St., Eureka. Tel: 707-445-8600. A variety of coffee and other drinks, and chocolate truffles! www.oldtowncoffeeeureka.com
Ramone’s Bakery and Café, 209 E St., Eureka. Tel: 707-445-2923. Great baked goods to go with your coffee at this long-time Eureka favorite. www.ramonesbakery.com
Roadhouse Coffee, 1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay. Tel: 707-360-8856. Fun little coffee shop tucked away in Bodega Bay.
Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. Tel: 415-663-1223. Great coffee and pastries in this multi-purpose Pt. Reyes gathering place. www.tobysfeedbarn.com
Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Highway One, Jenner. Tel: 707-847-3437. Historic buildings, beaches, and even the San Andreas Fault Line. www.fortross.org
Gualala Arts, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala. Tel: 707-884-1138. An invaluable arts organization hosting a nice gallery with changing exhibits. www.gualalaarts.org
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg. Tel: 707-964-4352 ext 16. Stunning botanical garden perched above the sea. www.gardenbythesea.org
Old Steeple, 246 Berding St., Ferndale. Tel: 707-786-7030. An eclectic assortment of musicians from up-and-coming to alreadyfamous perform in this renovated church. www.ferndalemusiccompany.com
Patrick’s Point State Park, 4150 Patrick’s Point Dr., Trinidad. Tel: 707-677-3570. A bounty of gorgeous trails, including stunning Agate Beach. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=417
Point Arena Lighthouse, 45500 Lighthouse Rd., Point Arena. Tel: 707-882-2809 ext 1 or 877-725-4448. The tallest climbable lighthouse in California, with ocean views and whale watching possibilities. www.pointarenalighthouse.com
Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station. Tel: 415-464-5100. Everything from a remote lighthousev(which has been undergoing restoration) to farmlands to seashore in this 71,000-acre park.
Redwood National and State Parks, throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Tel: 707-464-6101. Uniquely spectacular and worthy of many day’s exploration among these giants. www.nps.gov/redw
Salt Point State Park, 25050 Highway One, Jenner. Tel: 707-847-3221. Beautiful coastal outlooks and a Pygmy Forest. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=453
Skunk Train, 100 W. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. Tel: 707-964-6371. A great way to see lovely Pudding
Creek Estuary, whether on their popular train or the new “rail bikes.” www.skunktrain.com
Trees of Mystery, 15500 Highway 101, Klamath. Tel: 707-482-2251 or 800-638-3389. Looks like a tacky tourist attraction but contains a nice Native American museum. www.treesofmystery.net
For the best overview, see visitcalifornia.com. There’s also a lot of good information on the websites of the individual counties: www.visitmarin.org, www.sonomacounty.com, www.visitmendocino.com, www.visitredwoods.com (Humboldt County), and www.visitdelnortecounty.com.