Walks to Kelley House and Ford House are one block from the hotel; paved surface. Walk through Mendocino historic district is approximately 1 mile (about an hour); flat and uneven surfaces. Walk on Headlands trail is approximately 1/2 mile (about an hour); trail uneven in sections, muddy after rain.
In our private dining room at the hotel, the plated breakfast service features various choices; such as, egg dishes, breakfast meats, other cooked breakfast items, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water.
Mendocino has 90+ miles of beautiful Pacific coast with sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Learn from a local expert about Mendocino’s marine and coastal ecosystems. The coastal areas are home to a variety of organisms that feed off of the rich ocean currents and have adapted to the rough, high energy beaches. Our first field trip will be a walk through town to the era of early American settlers in Mendocino at the Kelley House Museum. This historic house with an ocean view was built in 1861 by William Kelly, one of Mendocino’s founding fathers. The Museum exhibits focus on Native American history of the area including the Pomo Indians, the 1850 shipwreck “Frolic,” and period furniture from the late 1800s that would have decorated the house while the Kelly family inhabited it. The house also serves as a research center for the local history of Mendocino and a genealogy center. A local guide will lead us through Mendocino and Headlands Historic District which was nominated for the connections to the California Redwood lumber industry. The buildings date from 1860 to 1900 and represent Victorian architecture of the era. They will share stories about Mendocino's past. Perched on the bluff overlooking the river and the ocean, the town is not only picturesque, it is also one of the best examples of a vibrant historic landscape. People live their lives in the shadow the delightful and enduring legacy of the past. After the field trip, we will walk to the restaurant for lunch.
At a Mendocino restaurant, we’ll order from the menu as we mix and mingle with local folks.
We walk to the Ford House Museum and Visitor Center, situated in Mendocino Headlands State Park that wraps around the town with walking trails and beautiful views of the ocean and rugged coastline. View exhibits about the early settlement era including a scale model of the town as it was in 1890. The overall harmony of the streetscapes and the consistency of the historic townscape are the work of citizens who in 1971 got their town included on the National Register of Historic Places. Mendocino was one of the earliest district nominations in California. This helped preserve and acknowledge the relevance of Mendocino, a place that was important in the development and the economy of the Redwood coast following statehood. A naturalist will lead a walking field trip into the Mendocino Headlands to learn about the area’s natural and cultural history and observe native flora and fauna. A pleasant walk takes us back to the hotel.
Plated meal at the hotel. Includes salad, main entrée and dessert.
Chinese immigrants began arriving in the early 1850s and later erected the first traditional Chinese temple in what became their hometown. We will learn about Mendocino's Chinese history from a local college instructor who will talk about her own family history and the foundation of the Temple of Kwan Tai, also known as a “joss house.”