Just Like the Song

Talk to me of Mendocino.  Closing my eyes I hear the sea …” sing the McGarrigle Sisters about one of our favorite places.

Our third visit to Mendocino (CA) was wonderful, and we plan to return.  You might wonder what does Mendocino have that pulls us back?


The flowers are the most beautiful here of any place we’ve been.  Gardens are everywhere.  Buildings are painted in lovely colors, if painted at all.  The effect is charming.



Mendocino is an historic town.  A surprising number of buildings date back to the mid-1800’s.  We love turning corners to be met with old water tanks, restored houses and sheds.   Mendocino shows its age well.



The town is old so the streets are not wide and the buildings smaller.  Cottage gardens are everywhere.  Open park land is close by.  The scale is human.



What is there to do outdoors?  On our trips there, we have kayaked, hiked, camped, and dove for abalone (with a permit!).


Lack of Greed

Parking is free.  Shops close early.  There are no chain stores.


We’ll be back!

July 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Just Like the Song

  1. icelandpenny says:

    Really interesting (words and images) — I didn’t realize it was still so simple and charming. Some images quite reminiscent of Denman Is. in the BC off-shore islands, but then, that’s just farther up the same coast. Also loved the reference to the McGarrigles, who are among my own enduring favourites

  2. iShorr says:

    And don’t forget the other “Mendocino” song–Sir Douglas Quintet orginaly–and here from the Texas Tornadoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu3put3QmYk

    Beautiful place–
    can’t wait for your blog about visiting me!

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