Sitting in an office chair and peering at financial analysis and stark office walls for long hours on end can take its toll on your body. Sometimes you just need a break. A long weekend, specifically a long weekend on the Mendocino coast in California, will cure your aching body and strained eyes. This beautiful stretch of northern California coastline is a feast for the eyes and the perfect setting for a little rest and relaxation. Even if you don’t live in California and plan on traveling here from afar, make it a point to soak up the scenery in this area. Mendocino is about 150 miles north of San Francisco (about a three hour drive) and the views of the shoreline alone are well worth the drive.
This was a spur of the moment getaway and all of the hotels in the town of Mendocino were full. This ended up being a blessing in disguise as we found a room at the Elk Cove Inn and Spa in the town of Elk. This will be our go top place to stay from now on when visiting the Mendocino area. The bed and breakfast presents beautiful ocean views and a generous breakfast each morning. You are even given a booklet of the Inn’s breakfast recipes upon checkout. (Bonus!) The town of Elk is quite tiny. There is a general store at which you can order gourmet lunches and one restaurant, Bridget Dolan’s Pub & Dinner House, which we ate at each evening. (Yes, it was that delicious. Be sure to try the clam chowder and chicken pot pie.) The town of Mendocino is about a 20 minute drive north and offers several restaurants and shopping.
At the Inn, you can take cover from the sun in the gazebo on the Inn grounds, which is also used for wedding ceremonies,
take a quick 5 minute hike down a trail from the cottages for a lovely stroll on the beach,
or drive into Mendocino for the day and hike around the headlands.
You can even drive up to Russian Gulch State Park (about 1 mile north Mendocino) for more seaside strolling.
While strolling around the seaside on cooler days with a mix of clouds and sunshine, you will need long pants and a light top that can still provide some warmth. A distressed pair of denim and light sweater prove to be the perfect choice. When searching for jeans, I like a pair with some stretch. These jeans from Big Star, which I purchased over a year ago, are made with 2% spandex, and provide a nice stretch yet still allow for the jeans to maintain their shape. I also like that the jeans are distressed without showing any skin through the material. A neutral sweater is always a great travel choice as it can be worn with multiple bottoms. The ecru colored sweater below from Zara is 95% acrylic and 5% polyester and is extremely soft. I don’t even notice the seams on this sweater when I’m wearing it.
When you are on your feet all day, you will also need a very comfortable pair of shoes. Instead of a pair of traditional sneakers, I chose to wear a pair with a bit of European flair. These shoes made by Ecco provide ample support for light walking all day and are constructed of supple leather that makes these shoes ever so comfortable. This is definitely a stylish, yet very comfortable sneaker.
Together, all of these pieces create the perfect outfit that will take you from light walking and sightseeing to a casual evening dinner.
Until our next travels, stay stylish and comfortable!