The Mendocino Coast is Haute Hippie Heaven
Join me on a journey to the California coast, and discover five great reasons to visit.
Being in the Redwood Trees
And speaking of lists: after I sobered up from my nirvana-inducing meal, I was able to check off another must-have experience in Mendocino: losing myself hiking and biking on the trails and valleys mysteriously hidden between a cathedral of Redwoods.
As I made my way through the magical 2,000 year old forest full of wildflowers, eucalyptus, and California Oaks, I couldn’t help but feel like a little girl again. Like the girl who once believed in Disney movies. Like the girl who felt like the animals –and nature around her– could somehow understand her, and subconsciously send darts of tranquility and love to her soul. I didn’t feel like I needed to be anything — not a wife, not a boss, not a globe trotter; I only needed to be me, Hilary.
But hiking off the beaten path is not the only adventure I had with my enchanted reds. I also learned that you can take the famed 5-Star “Skunk Trains,” restored Reconstruction Era trains that taxi you through wildlife estuaries, ascend for spectacular mountain-top ocean views, and descends into dark, forbidden canyons in and out of the forest. If that weren’t enough, the train also provides wine and beer tasting as well as social activities so you can experience one of the most gorgeous places on earth with a little bit of liquid fun.
Oh, and if you’re an animal lover, contact Lodging and Llamas for a llama-accompanied hike and gourmet picnic in amongst the redwoods. The llamas will carry your cargo, and you can walk, hike and adventure alongside them. My one big regret on this trip is that we didn’t get to try this, as the owners were out of town during our stay. It’s conveniently located, only a 10 minute drive from the Inn at Newport Ranch, but definitely book in advance.
But that’s not all!…