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Things to do in Mendocino

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Mendocino. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Mendocino attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Mendocino to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Mendocino.

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  • Anderson Valley Brewing

     Award-winning beers, plus seasonal releases (look for the Deep Enders Dark Porter). More
  • Bates & Mailliard Farmhouse Mercantile

    This well-curated general store turns everyday items like Mason jars and balls of twine into exquisite collectibles. More
  • Boonville General Store

    Hang around the store and listen for the village’s tongue-in-cheek dialect, Boontling (supposedly rooted in Scottish Gaelic and Irish). More
  • Breggo Cellars

    The name means “sheep” in Boontling—a nod to the property’s former life as one of the oldest sheep ranches in the region. More
  • Esterlina Vineyards & Winery

    Located in the hills, with panoramic views. Tastings are accompanied by bowls of Goldfish and Cheetos—a savory (if irreverent) touch. By appointme... More
  • Goldeneye Winery

    Try a Pinot Noir at Goldeneye, a modern Mendocino County winery surrounded by gardens and redwoods. More
  • Highlight Gallery

    If woodworking is your thing, drop in at this gallery. More
  • Husch Vineyards

    An Anderson Valley pioneer, housed in a charmingly rustic converted barn. More
  • Lemons’ Market

    Tom Lemons sells his own line-caught salmon. More
  • Londer Vineyard

  • Mendocino Art Center

    When the logging dried up in the 1930s, the artists started moving in; eventually, they founded this nonprofit, which gives scholarships, rents stu... More
  • Navarro Vineyards & Winery

    A popular draw for its affordable whites and outdoor picnic tables under trellised grapevines. More
  • Phillips Hill Estates Winery

    Remarkable Pinots made by artist Toby Hill (grab his ’07 Marguerite—if you can get it). More
  • Placewares

    Don’t miss Placewears, a housewares store owned by former managers of ’60s retail trailblazer Design Research. More
  • Roederer Estate

    From the French makers of Cristal: sparkling wines at a much more budget-friendly price, in the valley’s poshest setting. More

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