Destination guide

Explore California's coast in Mendocino County

Choose a Mendocino County vacation rental to enjoy beautiful ocean views and a serene slice of California life. This laid-back county on California's northern coast is home to some prime stretches of shoreline, acres of scented redwood forests that beg to be explored, and many great local producers of wine, craft beer and artisan olive oils. This is a tasty spot from which to explore the beautiful beaches of California's "secret coast" and the miles of local scenic hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Drive the scenic byways for glorious views, or pick up the nearby wine routes of Mendocino, Napa Valley and Sonora Valley.

Things to do

History and heritage in Mendocino County

You'll find some great local museums and fun, family-friendly attractions on the doorstep of your Mendocino County vacation rental. The Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California is a Mendocino County landmark. This giant redwood tree was cut in the 1930s to allow cars to drive through it. Taking the steam train from Fort Bragg or Willits on the "Skunk Train" heritage railroad is another fun family day out. Discover more about the railroad's history at the Roots of Motive Power Railroad History Project Exhibition in Willits. Or, for a change of pace, the official wine association for Mendocino County is located in Ukiah. You can pick up details of Mendocino wine and brewery tours and local wine trails here.


Mendocino County's blissful beaches

There's an array of beautiful beaches to explore close to Mendocino County vacation rentals. The pretty cove of Caspar Headland State Natural Reserve, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, is a rugged, undeveloped stretch of golden sand popular for fishing and for whale watching. The gently sloping sands of MacKerricher State Park are also recommended for anglers and whale-fanciers. You can also sometimes see seal pups basking on the sands. The Point Arena Lighthouse is another renowned whale-watching location. As well as keeping an eye out for the graceful creatures from the bluff, visitors can take one of the daily lighthouse tours to enjoy incredible ocean views.


Mendocino County through the year

With mild winters and pleasant summer highs maxing out in the 70s, Mendocino County enjoys the perfect year-round climate for making the most of the wonderful outdoor activities on offer. There are plenty of seasonal events to enjoy too. Every June, the small town of Willits hosts the Frontier Days and Rodeo, the oldest continuous rodeo in the state. It's a family-friendly weekend of rodeo, roping, barrel racing and cowboy poetry. Meanwhile, in January, historic Fort Bragg's Mendocino Crab, Wine and Beer Festival is a true gastronomic treat. Fort Bragg is also the location of Mendocino's Whale Festival each March, when visitors are invited to whale watch from Pomo Bluffs Park.

Natural features

Get outdoors in Mendocino County

Paddling down Big River, which runs through Mendocino County, is a wonderful way to spend a warm summer's day. Spot birds and wildlife on the shore, relax on the sparkling waters and enjoy this peaceful, scenic route. Big River and its lakes, reservoirs and streams are also popular with anglers fishing for steelhead trout, bullhead or blue catfish. Big River State Park offers hikers an opportunity to enjoy the riverside – keep an eye out for river otters, herons and other wildlife. Close by, Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, offers hikers and opportunity to explore coastal redwood groves and leafy fern forest.

How many vacation rentals are available around Mendocino County, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 664 vacation rentals around Mendocino County. From 532 house rentals to 61 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mendocino County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mendocino County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mendocino: 200 vacation rentals
  • Fort Bragg: 202 vacation rentals
  • Gualala: 288 vacation rentals
  • Manchester: 144 vacation rentals
  • Albion: 210 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Mendocino County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Mendocino County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mendocino County:

  • Mendocino: 200 rentals
  • Fort Bragg: 202 rentals
  • Gualala: 288 rentals
  • Manchester: 144 rentals
  • Albion: 210 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mendocino County?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Mendocino County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Anderson Valley Brewery Company: 135 rentals
  • Point Cabrillo Lighthouse: 230 rentals
  • Hendy Woods State Park: 110 rentals
  • Glass Beach: 224 rentals
  • Arena Cove and Pier: 247 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mendocino County listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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