Touring Mendocino town

Touring Mendocino town

One of the unique churches in town

Touring Mendocino town

A walk around the town of Mendocino is like taking a leisurely stroll down a well-preserved Victorian coastal town except that this is on one of the most spectacular coastlines of Northern California. The nicest part visiting Mendocino is that easy feel of the town, it is not congested and touristy compared to the many tourist attractions in California.

Here the walking tour is easy and simple…..window shopping, dropping into a fun and creative arts or crafts gallery, snacking on some sweet desserts at a local bakery, or just walking down the beautiful and ornate neighborhoods filled with ornate Victorian homes. Even the homes with white picket fences and sweet entry gardens are fun to enjoy from the sidewalk and imagine what it would be to live in this charming neighborhood.

Mendocino details

One of the fun parts of walking this town is noticing the details that make this place special and so well-preserved and taking these images.  A short walk from downtown is the local Mendocino Art’s center which offers a whimsical garden and magnificent  art gallery featuring local art from artisans in the area.  I love walking down the main streets and older neighborhoods to see the beautiful architecture, and  fine details that make this place so special, take a look at what I captured:


Touring Mendocino town

Mosaic sunflowers at the Mendocino arts center




Touring Mendocino town

Victorian details





Touring Mendocino town

Victorian steeple details





Touring Mendocino town

Crows on the fence

Nature trails

Spending some time outdoors and walking through any of the trails by the cliffs and coastlines is another wonderful way to observe nature and vistas of the town and coast. The trails are relatively flat and easy to maneuver unless you are interested in walking or climbing down into some of the coves and beaches below. It’s nice to enjoy your walk, take some beautiful coastal pictures and include the town in some of your compositions.

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Mendocino sunrise hike

Early morning light on Mendocino town


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13 Responses to Touring Mendocino town

  1. Poppy September 6, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Hi Noel,

    Oh, what a serene and charming place Mendocino is and your photos have captured exactly what I have always felt about this New England inspired settlement, i.e, white picket fences, flowers everywhere, Victorian architecture, lazy and leisurely walks, spontaneous stops for sweets at fairy tale bakeries and simply a nostalgic wonderland of uncomplicated peaceful surroundings, sunlit and shining, to be savoured and remembered with a smile!:)))

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Marilyn Armstrong August 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    It turns out the reason it look so New Englandy is that much of the housing was built by New England sea captains who retired in California after many long trips back and forth between the coasts … before the Panama Canal. Beautiful pictures. If I ever live in an alternative universe, that’s it, the one you have captured.

  3. Carmen's Chronicles August 28, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    Your beautiful photography has made me homesick for Northern California. I’m spending six months in India and won’t go back to San Francisco till December 3. Sadly, I have only visited Mendocino once and that was all over 20 years ago. I think I need to stay a little closer to home and do some sightseeing for a change.

  4. Kim,USA August 28, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Wow your photos are awesome!! Love them all!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  5. Ruth August 28, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    The sunflowers were surprising when you did a close up and I loved the statues on top the building.

  6. muzachan August 28, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Beautiful pictures 🙂

  7. Gemma Wiseman August 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    So many unusual features in one place. Amazing features on the roof and such colourful, creative “flowers”.

  8. Indrani August 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Loved this virtual tour!
    Excellent shots!

  9. Sallie. (Fulltime-life) August 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Northern California is out of this world beautiful! When we lived in Oregon, that area of the coast was a favorite getaway when we had a week off. Great picture tour!

  10. SandyCarlson August 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Looks like a beautiful place–one worthy of your blog!

    • Noel August 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Sandy, yes Mendocino is very creative and fun to walk through, thanks for connecting.

  11. Jim August 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    So many beautiful things to see.

  12. artmusedog and carol August 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Fantastic and creative photography ~ carol ^_^

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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