The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven

Join me on a journey to the California coast, and discover five great reasons to visit.


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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 52 Comments

  1. Avatar of Wanda wayne

    Well, staying at an inn, beside a cliff, with miles of forest at the back. Sure it looks good when you get there. BUT! Is it that safe? This is a perfect place for a serial murderer to just pop up and terrorize all clients and staff alike.

  2. Avatar of Meghan Ryan

    Meghan Ryan

    Wow! It has It all. The sea, Forest, Mountains and great view. I wish I’ve seen this post earlier when I went to California. I badly needed a side track from work back then. oh well, I can always come back.

  3. Avatar of Judy


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

  4. Avatar of Monika Smith

    Monika Smith

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

  5. Avatar of Jennifer McSween

    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.

  6. Avatar of Sabrina Grattidge

    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!

  7. Avatar of Sasha Rosswell

    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.

  8. Avatar of Evelyn Sandler

    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.

  9. Avatar of Christina Norelli

    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. 🙂

  10. Avatar of Felicia Stewart

    Felicia Stewart

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

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