Hotel at a Glance: Heritage House Resort
Heritage House Resort is a gem of a property set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the Mendocino coast. The upscale resort offers 37 private acres of craggy bluffs, eucalyptus and cypress trees, and unparalleled views. Inside, you’ll find light-filled rooms with minimalist stone and wood decor.
- Beach access to the sand beneath the property
- Ocean views from private balconies in the spacious-and-elegant guest rooms, which also have refrigerators, microwaves, and fireplaces
- Luxurious amenities: rainfall showers, Frette linens, and L’Occitane bath products
- Farm-to-table fare: The onsite 5200 Restaurant & Lounge serves local California cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.
Mendocino Coast, California: Small Towns Along Scenic Oceanfront and Redwood Forests
Located about three hours north of San Francisco, Northern California’s Mendocino Coast is a region filled with tiny towns, art colonies, and varied terrain. Within a few minutes of one another are sunlit valleys, fertile vineyards, rocky headlands blanketed by fog, and serene forests of old-growth redwoods. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens showcase the area’s geographical diversity through its native rhododendrons, prickly succulents, and colorful blooms stretching to the ocean.
Partially because of its scenic land and sea scapes, the coast is popular with painters, who gather in artists’ collectives such as the Mendocino Art Center. To see the land that inspires local artwork, head to Russian Gulch, Mendocino Headlands, or any of the region’s coastal state parks. At Mendocino Headlands State Park, waves crash into carving arches, grottos, and stony bluffs, while MacKerricher State Park north of Fort Bragg contains dramatic sand dunes.
Although normally quiet, the region comes alive during a series of whale festivals every March and April, when California gray whales pass by the coast as they migrate from Mexico to Alaska. You’ll find one of the best vantage points for whale watching at Point Cabrillo Light Station, a lonely lighthouse first lit in 1909.