Take a stroll through downtown Mendocino for a day of incredible food, eclectic art, and fascinating history. Discover some of the best attractions in Mendocino, all within minutes of each other by car or walking distance.
As for the rest of your vacation in Mendocino, you can plan out your whole week by looking at our complimentary Vacation Guide. We’ve compiled a list of all the best restaurants, outdoor recreation, shops, and attractions in Mendocino County. It’s a useful tool to make your trip planning a breeze!
Things to Do in Downtown Mendocino
Admire Mendocino’s Art and History Scene
Mendocino Art Center
Peruse through galleries at the Mendocino Art Center, where you can find beautiful artwork from many different Northern California artists, as well as artists from all over the country.
In addition to admiring pieces in the art galleries, you can also take a class, and learn all about ceramics, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, and sculpture.“`
Kelley House Museum
Take in the rich history of the Mendocino Coast at the Kelley House Museum on Albion Street, which is just about a five-minute walk from the Mendocino Art Center. This museum is in the heart of the historic district of Mendocino, and you can admire exhibits regarding the Frolic Shipwreck, Native Americans, and Mendocino’s journey through history.
Ford House Museum
The Ford House is a museum on Main Street, just a block from the Kelley House Museum. You can find a variety of interesting tidbits about the history of Mendocino and even see a scale model exhibit of what Mendocino was like in 1890.
This house is where the superintendent of the first Mendocino sawmill, Jerome B. Ford, lived in 1854.
Wildlife lovers can also appreciate the museum as the house also serves as the Visitors Center for the Mendocino Headlands State Park.
The Temple of Kwan Tai
The Temple of Kwan Tai is also within walking distance and is a registered California Historic Landmark. This temple is a beautiful and fascinating piece of history that shows the history of Mendocino’s Chinese community. Make sure you call the temple ahead of time to schedule a tour.
Grab a Bite to Eat Downtown
There’s a variety of great places to eat in downtown Mendocino. A few nearby cafes and coffee shops to choose from include:
Or, if you’re looking for something to bring back to Inn at Schoolhouse Creek for later, stop by Corners of the Mouth Health Food Store on Ukiah Street. They have a great selection of natural and organic foods!
Take a Fitness Class in Downtown Mendocino
Yoga Shine Mendocino
Release all stress when you take a calming yoga class at Yoga Shine Mendocino. They offer a wide variety of yoga classes, including heated, candlelit, and cardio yoga for all levels of yogis.
People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome at Mendocino Pilates. They offer private lessons so that you can achieve all of your fitness goals in the best way possible. Or, you can take your friends to a group class for a fun time with your crew. Make sure to book a class ahead of time through their website!
Relax at the Best Accommodations in Mendocino
Unwind after a day of shopping with a relaxing stay at Inn at Schoolhouse Creek and Spa in Mendocino. We offer charming rooms and cottages with the best amenities.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at our restaurant Circa ‘62 during the spring, summer, and fall months before exploring downtown. Then, rejuvenate at our yurt-style spa when you’re ready to relax your legs after walking all day!
Check our availability and book your Mendocino getaway now!