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Perfect Afternoons in Mendocino Village

Updated: May 5

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Mendocino Village

One of the best things about Nicholson House is our convenient location right in the Mendocino Village. Once you arrive, you can leave the car parked and enjoy the perfect day right out your doorstep. Here are a few spontaneously perfect ways to spend the day with us.

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Grab an early Brickery pizza lunch in the garden, then stroll the headlands & you can loop all the way around following the cliffside trails.

Once you work up a little thirst, stop in at Fog Bottle shop and enjoy unconventional, natural wines from around the world paired with lovely homemade snacks courtesy of Fog Eater Café.

A little wine buzz will be the perfect energizer to shop around town and stop into the many galleries and boutiques until it's time to start thinking about dinner! You can always flip the day, too — shop first and headlands second, either way it's the perfect Mendo day.

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On a Wednesday or Thursday, you can enjoy smash burgers in the Brickery garden just next door. Then, work it off with a kayak down Big River.

Local rental sites include Ledges Mendocino right on Main Street or Catch a Canoe just across Big River Bridge. After, reward yourself with a cold tap at the Waiting Room or dip your toes in the gorgeous turquoise water of Big River Beach first and then get your warm up at the Waiting Room where you can trade a hot-cocoa for that cold beer.

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Rainy days on vacation may seem a little tougher to fill with adventure, but we have you covered with big umbrellas and a wonderful array of shops and cozy goodness located right here in Mendo. Warm up with ramen and gyoza from Gnar Bar and take your warm belly for some hopping between the raindrops around town. You can pass oodles of time exploring Valerie, The Study Club, Highlights Gallery, and the Art Center, just to name a few. Once 5pm rolls around you can nab a craft cocktail in front of the roaring fire at MacCallum House or head back to the Waiting Room for games and sips -- it is the coziest place in town, after all.

No matter where you wander in Mendocino, you are certain to find lovely options to explore around every corner.

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