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Mendocino Coast, CA

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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

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Many of Mendocino's original settlers came from the Northeast and built houses in the New England style. Thanks to the logging boom, the town flourished for most of the second half of the 19th century. As the timber industry declined, many residents left, but the town's setting was too beautiful to be ignored. Artists and craftspeople began flocking here in the 1950s, and Elia Kazan chose Mendocino as the backdrop for his 1955 film adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden, starring James Dean. As the arts community thrived, restaurants, cafés, and inns sprung up. Today, the small downtown area consists almost entirely of places to eat and shop.

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Climb Aboard the Historic Skunk Train
Climb Aboard the Historic Skunk Train

Departing from Fort Bragg, the train rolls through redwoods along the Noyo River. Take a half-day trip or an event train like the Crab & Wine Express.

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Murder, She Wrote - In Mendocino
Murder, She Wrote - In Mendocino

The Angela Lansbury series was set in Maine, but many scenes were shot here. The coastal town is as charming as the actress who made it famous.

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Seal the Deal
Seal the Deal

To spot wildlife, head to Fort Bragg’s MacKerricher State Park, where harbor seals lounge and feed. Visit in April and May and you may see pups.

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Explore Fort Bragg's Glass Beach
Explore Fort Bragg's Glass Beach

Mother Nature turned broken bottle shards, from an old ocean-side dump, into the polished glass gems blanketing this beach. Collecting is prohibited.

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5 Tips for Taking Vacation Photos

Use these digital photography tips to take great vacation photos on every trip.

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Take an Eco-Friendly Class
Take an Eco-Friendly Class

Workshops at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland teach you to live sustainably. Learn how to recycle your water at home and grow organic food.

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