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The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven

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Have you ever wanted to experience a truly magical weekend? A weekend where you feel like you’re literally living in a fairytale? A weekend where you experience not just luxury, but raw beauty. Not just romance, but genuine adventure. Not just an escape, but a transformational awakening. Then look no further than Mendocino, a secret bohemian getaway nestled between the rugged cliffside coast and the imposing, yet inviting, redwood forests of Northern California.

The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven

Mendocino is breathtakingly beautiful

I was recently whisked away to Mendocino, described by the New York Times as the #1 place to visit in North America. During my trip, I discovered some hidden treasures that you simply must experience for yourself. The mysterious forests, roadside 50-foot sandstone cliffs, and a rustic aroma will make you feel as though nature itself conspired with the angels so that, at least for a moment, you could feel an uncorrupted kind of love for this area.

The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven

The drive from San Francisco to Mendocino up Highway 1 is stunning

In fact, as you drive up Highway 1, along the California coast, from San Francisco to Mendocino, you’ll start to feel as though you’re leaving America and entering New Zealand. The natural beauty is shocking.

The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven

The California coast is spectacular

Whether you’re an indoor glamorpuss or an outdoor she-explorer, the dreamy subtropical county of Mendocino has something for you. Here are but six reasons you should visit the whimsical locale home to James Dean’s “East of Eden” and Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote”:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

50 Comments

  1. Judy

    Let’s not forget Fort Bragg is home to the World Famous Skunk Train.

  2. Monika Smith

    Great! Amazing article and photos are just fantastic . After reading this article i can’t wait to visit this place

  3. Jennifer McSween

    Your photos blow me away. Great shots! And I’m trying not to be envious, but oh my god… You’re totally living my dream. I wish I could travel so often just like you.

  4. Sabrina Grattidge

    Articles likes this the reason why I keep coming back to your site.
    I’ve never read such an honesy and well detailed review like this before on any blog. Thank you!

  5. Sasha Rosswell

    Oh my god, this all looks absolutely amazing!I have got to get up there! Have you been to Temecula, CA down south? Just went there this past weekend and did an off-roading Jeep Winery Tour. SO much fun.

  6. Evelyn Sandler

    Everything looks great! Your articles represent a reason enough to make me want to visit The Mendocino Coast. I miss California even more now after reading this post.

  7. Christina Norelli

    I’ve just emailed this article to my sister. She’s an adventure travel, and it’s just the kind of place she will be crazy about. 🙂

  8. Felicia Stewart

    Another one for the bucket list. Thanks to Hilary and the Urbanette Magazine my bucket list keep growing haha! I love it. 🙂

  9. Elin Hanks

    Let’s swap lives Hilary. I don’t think you will enjoy my boring stuck in an office all day kind of life, but I know I will sooooo cherish yours haha 😉

  10. Debbie Jones

    Hubby and I want to go on a trip without the kids for a few days. The Mendocino Coast looks so ideal. Bookmarking this to show him. 🙂

  11. Matilda Parker

    The most beautiful area of California, isn’t it? I had the pleasure of going there twice as a child, and once as a teen. This has been a great reminder of some of my happy memories with my lovely family.

  12. Lucretia Asher

    Never even been to Mendocino Coast but after reading this article, I’m a big fan of it. I don’t know if August is a good time to visit, but that’s my only free time this year. So I hope it’ll be nice. 🙂

  13. Molly Twain

    Stunning place. I wish I could travel freely all I want. If I could do that, this absolutely would be one of the first places I’d visit! You’re such a lucky woman. I envy you sometimes.

  14. Such a picturesque location. I hope I manage to make time and visit before the end of the year. I bet it’s as gorgeous during winter and fall too!

  15. Franny Pimms

    Hi there. It definitely looks like that kind of place–a relaxing environment where you can build a pleasant set of memories. Glad you shared your amazing travel experience with us. Appreciate it.

  16. Delilah Peyton

    Thanks for this amazing travel article. I’ve been looking for a place like this to book for mom and dad’s 25th anniversary. They’ll be so delighted if I manage to get a reservation just in time for their anniversary. 🙂

    • Helena Stevens

      Thanks for the great article Hilary!

      And Delilah my folks used to go to the Mendocino County every year for their anniversary. I’m sure yours will love it too! 🙂

  17. Kimberley Thompson

    What an interesting and beautiful place! Your photos show one beautiful scene after another. I’ll have to add this to my list of must-visits.

  18. Emily Wentz

    It seems Mendocino offers some of the most stunning ocean and forest views. I’d love to squeeze in a visit next year if possible. Beautiful pictures. Sigh… How I love my California. ?

  19. Pearl Nguyen

    Lovely post. This made me feel so nostalgic. I grew up going to visits to my grandparents in Fort Bragg where is in just north of Mendocino so I’ve got quite the love for that whole area! ?

  20. Andrea Mitchell

    Oh yeah.. I remember seeing about The Mendocino Coast on NY Times but it wasn’t as detailed, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. But your post definitely got my attention. Quality work! 🙂

  21. Kaitlyn Barrett

    Oh my dear… The most wonderful place I’ve seen on your website by far. It has an Irish vibe to it. I hope I can visit one day. 🙂

    • Nicky Bryan

      Great minds think alike! The third photo reminded me of these Irish cliffs they show in most movies! 😀 So beautiful.

  22. Julia MacLean

    Your writing is so effective. So powerful. It’s almost like poetry in it’s own way.

  23. Anna Kaplan

    You really should write a book or make a movie about these magnificent places you’ve visited. Either of it would be a hit! 🙂

  24. Marina Henderson

    Just amazing! I LOVE it when you include a video in your articles. 🙂

  25. I was thinking of going to Mexico this summer, but I may just change my mind after seeing this.I love those photos. I wish I could have been there and seen it all myself in person.

  26. Betty O'Leary

    Such a brilliant article, and what a gorgeous place!!! Your post proves that it’s a MUST visit. 🙂

  27. Sarah Anne Trevor

    The place is wonderful! And there are a lot of activities that you can do too. I would love to go hiking or just enjoy my stay at the Inn in Newport Ranch. I wish I could visit soon.

  28. Jozephine Williams

    We are planning a hiking activity and I will recommend this place. Lovely place and full of adventure. I am excited to visit!

  29. Danielle Wilson

    Hi. I just shared this article with my roomie and a few close friends. We always travel together and your article has made us reallt want to visit The Mendocino Coast. And I’m not trying to be cheap but you know we are all students and on a budget. Do you know if Inn at the Newport Ranch provides group discounts? Thanks. 🙂

  30. Amanda Roberts

    In summary you could say “The Mendocino Coast: A Piece of Heaven on Earth” ???? I can’t wait to visit -and I certainly will!!!!

  31. What a stunning place! I had to browse all the photos again after finishing reading the article. I’m putting it on my bucket list. and I’ll make it a priority to visit!

  32. Camila Hilhorst

    Truly beautiful! Also seems like a great place for geocaching. 🙂
    I’ll try and visit when I get a chance.
    Thanks for the wonderful post!

  33. Thanks for writing about your experience in detail and for sharing your photos! Did a professional photographer take the shots? They’re all amazing!

  34. Catherine White

    Hello Hilary! Your articles are always incredible and, well, impressive, but the photos you that you use on your posts are breathtaking!! Do you take a professional photographer with you on your travels? Because these photos are exhibit worthy!

  35. OMG! Your Redwood photos brought out the “adventurer” in me! Would book a trip now!

  36. Olivia Peterson

    I’m going to take time off work soon, and I’ve been looking for nearby places that I could enjoy visiting. Mendocino Coast is now one of the places I’m considering to go. Thanks for recommending.

  37. Emma Blackwood

    I love it! The hotel looks very luxurious, yet eco friendly. That’s very impressive. 🙂

  38. Sydney Nowak

    How lush!!! Who wouldn’t love to visit?!!

    I really love your travel guildes & reviews. It’s like I’m vicariously living through you. 🙂

  39. Colleen Frasier

    Oh my goodness…!!! If hippies can afford such nice getaways, I am so ready to be a hippie! 😉 haha

  40. Olivia Peterson

    Looks fascinating! I’d absolutely visit if I could. 🙂

  41. Catherine Blake

    Great place that is beautifully captured in your photos! I got the feel of the nature. The inn looks cozy and relaxing. I know now where will I have my next vacation. Thank you for sharing.

  42. I must say that Mendocino, CA is one of the items on my bucket list. I think I have read that New York Times article you’re referring to. Now, after reading about your experience and witnessing the beauty of the place and excitement it brings through your photos, I’m very much eager to visit the place. Booking my trip to CA!

  43. Fantastic travel article, Hilary. I’ve heard of the “Inn at the Newport Ranch” from friends. But I never imagined it’s very beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos! Can’t help but feel jealous 😉

  44. Love the photos! Thanks for sharing! Mendocino seems inviting. What would you suggest? We go there as family, with the kids? Or just me and hubby?

    • It would be great either way, really. Your kids would have to old enough to know be careful around the cliffs though.

  45. Sania Mirza

    WOW – you made me feel like I was on that trip with you (I wish!!) Looks like an incredible part of California. I can’t wait to go!

  46. You just helped me discover the unknown. I appreciate I learned something new today! Pardon me but this is the first time I’ve heard of the place (I’m a French girl who just recently moved to New York) and am still discovering wonderful places of USA 😉

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