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Mar Vista Cottages in Mendocino Coast

Jan 2008

We're considering spending a couple of days there with our 20 month old toddler based on a friend's recommendation. We'd love to hear from other parents in our situation about this or similar places to visit with kids. Thank you! Ready to Travel Again We visited Mar Vista (pre-baby) about 3 years ago and LOVED it. I think it would be a great place to take a 20 month old. You could spend the days swinging in their hammock, petting and playing with the baby goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs, hiking down to the ocean to play on the beach, and visiting with the very friendly owners. What we loved most was the lack of cell phone reception and TV. We now have a 14 month old, and I'm hoping we can find the time to get out there this summer. Enjoy! Jennifer

May 2005
Re: 10th Anniversary romantic getaway
Check out the Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, or the Milliken Creek Inn on the Silverado Trail near Calistoga. I've been wanting to try one of them for a long time. They're both splurges and each has a website.

Re: Family getaway in a beautiful location (Oct 2003)
We stayed in a nice private house with a hot-tub just south of Mendocino a couple of years ago. Very private, beautiful views. See The house we stayed in was Tide Pool. Kathy

Re: Weekend of solitude for mom (April 2003)

I hope you recieve many retreat suggestions. Mendocino is fabulous for quiet walks by the ocean. I thought I'd offer a different suggestion. While waiting for that weekend to arrive, how about an hour or two at Dimond park, walking by the creek on a sunny afternoon weekday? Or Lake Temescal grassy on a weekday before the summer season? Both are just as you described in my opinion. Watching nature at Oakland zoo on a quiet weekday also gives me the same peaceful satisfying inward vibe, but may not be for everyone. Of course you would need someone with the kids for the hour. I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever you choose to do. And I hope you do it often.

April 2003

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of places to stay/houses to rent in or near Mendocino during the summer. We're looking for a place that would be great for a 2 year old, parents, and grandparents. (5 people total) Looks like the Joshua Grindle Inn has a great guest house, but no hot tub. Does anyone know of a place that has a hot tub, or any place that is particularly kid friendly? rachberko enjoy...

Try Serenisea in Gualala for vacation homes to rent in Mendocino county, all sizes and prices. I have rented large houses for groups, and smaller ones for just myself and my husband. Hot tubs and ocean views or coastal access available. Telephone: 800 331-3836 or website: cabernard

My favorite lodging in Mendocino is to rent a house, which may be a good option for such a large family. Try You can see photos of what they have. I have used them twice and had no problems. You can also try a very nice inn called Brewery Gulch Inn (also has a website) or a somewhat simpler setting such as Mendocino Coast Guard House. chris

Try MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant in Mendocino. I have not yet gone there, but am told by a friend that it is under new ownership and is really great because they gladly welcome kids and pets. She put them to the test and brought her dog and they provided a special dog bed, stainless steel food/water bowls, and I think dog treats. The new owners have a baby and thus are also very welcoming to kids and I believe have baby ammenities. For more info. call 800-609-0492 or visit their Web site at Kira

March 2003

Re: Romantic Getaway for Couples
Hi - I can highly recommend the MacCallum House in downtown Mendocino. It is a beautiful old Victorian with its own restaurant inside. Check out the web site at or call Noah Shepherd at 1-800-609-0492 (he is one of the co-owners who I know). Julie

Mendocino vacation homes

From: Becky (2/99)

With some reluctance, I reveal my favorite website for vacation homes in the Mendocino area:

I say I'm reluctant because I want to be sure everyone leaves a reservation available for us the next time we go!