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Arts and Culture Weekend Getaway in Mendocino
Considering its status as one of California's most beloved art epicenters, it's hard to believe that in the not-too-distant past, Mendocino's fate was anyone's guess. This former lumber town had fallen on hard times, and residents were moving away in droves. Then a well-known San Francisco artist injected new life — and a new destiny — to the town when he opened a gallery and an arts center in the late 1950s. Today, Mendo, as it's affectionately known by locals, is flourishing, with eclectic galleries dotting the historic downtown, nightlife driven by gallery openings and performances, and art lovers from all over the world flocking to enjoy it all. Here are our picks for an art-centric getaway, as well as ideas for exploring the source of so much inspiration: the Mendocino Coast's spectacular scenery, with windswept cliffs and waves crashing against the rugged shoreline. – By Blane Bachelor
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