Historic Mendocino: A Colorful Coastal Community

Learn the story of this unique village as you take expert-led walks, explore historic monuments, visit local art galleries and explore the beautiful rugged California Coast.
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Program No. 6463RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bordered on three sides by grassy meadows and the breaking surf of the Pacific Ocean, free of billboards, traffic lights and box stores, Mendocino remains an unspoiled village closely tied to California’s colorful early history. Experience the area’s stunning beauty and Victorian past on streets lined with old wooden buildings, water towers and fragrant gardens. Delve into Mendocino’s human and natural history through lectures and expert-led field trips.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile and standing up to a half-hour; some uneven terrain on paved and unpaved paths.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • During an expert-led walk on the Mendocino Headlands and MacKerricher State Park, learn about the region’s often-dangerous logging history.
  • Visit the beautifully restored and historically significant Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and the Mendocino Botanical Gardens with its remarkable diversity of plants.
  • Explore local art galleries perched above the Pacific Ocean, and watch demonstrations by resident artists.
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Jude Thilman
Jude is a medicinal cannabis educator and entrepreneur, bringing over 15 years' experience in the industry and three decades' experience in educational media. She cofounded Dragonfly Wellness Center in 2011. She serves on the Board of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, and served on the steering committee for Measure AF, the effort to end cannabis prohibition in Mendocino County. Jude has been an activist on behalf of many causes, including civil rights, gender and reproductive rights, health care for all and peace and social justice campaigns.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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