Established in 1961, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the brain child of Ernest Schoefer and wife Betty. Currently managed by he Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District, the garden is known for housing various canyons, wetlands, rare species of rhododendrons, dahlias, camellias, succulents, conifers and lots more. The scenic gardens with its tranquil settings is a perfect getaway for all those who are seeking a peaceful day out.
The Guest House was the residence of the Johnson family who were the proud owners of the Fort Bragg Redwood Company and was built in the year 1892. The establishment was finally donated to the city and converted into a museum in 1985. It was constructed using redwood as the main material and mainly served as a guest house to the visitors and business associates. Visit the museum to get an insight into the architecture and designs used to build the house and retrace the lifestyle of the family that once lived here.
It was a dumping ground in the early 20th Century, where residents threw their household junk such as glass and appliances over cliffs. The pile was so high that fire was used to reduce the trash. It look several years to clean the garbage however the crushing waves swept the beach by pounding down the glass into delightful smooth, colorful baubles. The Glass Beach is now a popular tourist destination and is part of the MacKerricher State Park. Foraging of sea glass in the beach is strictly prohibited.
Located close to Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino Bay Overlook offers breathtaking beautiful views of the Big River and the Mendocino Headlands. The place is ideal for people who like to enjoy a beautiful sunset with mesmerizing cold breeze. This place is also a very famous for wedding and private parties. It is also a picnic spot and offers scenic trails. Hundreds of photographers and painters visit this panoramic location every year.
The Point Cabrilo Light stands as a historical lighthouse in the northern region of California. The site was first lit in the year 1909 and later automated in 1973. The tower is built following an octagonal shape. It stands for terrific monumental value. It is also included in the National Register of Historic Places. Apart from being a lighthouse, it also provides for vacation rentals. It ensures a superb recreational stay at the exclusive house that stands by the shore.
Explore the history of Mendocino at downtown’s Kelley House Museum. The spectacular dwelling is surrounded with expansive gardens and houses a permanent collection of archives and artifacts displaying the local heritage. From old photographs and documents, to nineteenth century furniture and personal belongings of the Kelley family, the facility has diverse displays. Other highlights of the museum include the Frolic Shipwreck exhibit, and Native American displays. Temporary exhibits are also hosted here at regular intervals.
Temple of Kwan Tai is a mid 19th-century Chinese temple devoted to Kwan Tai. The temple is currently managed by the Lee family, particularly Lorraine Hee-Chorley who takes care of all tours and visitors. It underwent heavy renovations in the year 2001 and since its been continuously used as a center for Chinese rituals. The temple also is an educational hub for people, telling them about the Chinese influence on Californian culture. Definitely a must visit place if your in the vicinity.