Mendocino is a dreamy destination for couples in love, an exuberant base camp for hikers, bikers and boaters, and an ideal getaway for urban escapists. The village's claim to fame is romance, and it encourages that extremely well. Mendocino boasts one of the most beautiful strollable coastlines in America and one of the most unspoiled downtowns anywhere. It hosts an impressive collection of sophisticated art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and fanciful bed-and-breakfast inns. Major attractions a few miles to the north include an idyllic botanical garden and a scenic train ride through magnificent redwood boondocks. Hiking verdant coastal bluffs and sandy beaches and boating through wilderness backcountry are popular pastimes. So are exploring exceptional wineries inland south of town. This guide to the "village of romance" includes 67 detailed listings of all of the best attractions, restaurants and lodgings at prices ranging from luxurious to moderate. A handy weather profile that graphically displays when you can expect clear warm weather is another unique feature of this handy easy-to-pack guidebook for everyone seeking a getaway worth leaving your cell phone behind for.
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About the Author
David and Joan Vokac are full-time travel writers based in San Diego. Their books focus on America's top towns for those seeking getaway havens combining natural beauty, recreation and culture. All of their books feature the best attractions, restaurants and lodgings in each exciting locale. David Vokac has been a full-time travel writer since 1983 and has written nineteen travel guidebooks in addition to travel articles. He was born in Chicago and grew up on a ranch near Cody, Wyoming. He taught classes in land economics while completing a master's degree in geography at the University of Arizona. In Denver, he was in charge of economic analysis for community renewal, and in San Diego he was in charge of park development for unincorporated villages. Joan Vokac, co-author of The Great Towns of America, second edition, was born and raised in New Jersey. She has a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. She completed a thirty-year career as a planner for unincorporated towns in San Diego County. Since then, Joan has been working with David in updating and expanding the "Great Towns" series, and is the webmaster for www.greattowns.com.