Places to wander, explore and discover, from nature walks to wine tasting,
during your stay at our Mendocino Bed and Breakfast.
We have an area activities map with all local attractions, click here
Parks and Gardens
We are surrounded by numerous State and local parks as well as coastal gardens near Agate Cove Inn Mendocino Bed and Breakfast.
There are an amazing number of places to hike here. We have trail maps and information about hikes in each of our rooms, or you can check the Mendocino Coast & County Online Directory for park and trail descriptions. There are several easy hikes to waterfalls at Russian Gulch State Park and in the Jackson State Forest.
Whale Watching and Sport Fishing
From December through April, you can see the whales from the Headlands, and you can see spouts right from our breakfast room. If you want to see them up close, there are a number of outfits that will take you on a 2-hour whale watching (or fishing) cruise, including the Rumblefish at 707-964-3000, Anchor Charters at 707-964-4550, and Telstar Charters at 707-964-8770. These outfits will also take you out on sport fishing trips (salmon, halibut, ling cod, rock cod).
California Redwood Trees
Mendocino is surrounded by redwood forests, and there are some excellent places to see really big trees, including Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Russian Gulch State Park, Jackson State Forest, and Hendy Woods State Park. The tallest tree in the world (over 365 feet tall!) is located in Montgomery Woods (about an hour away). If you have the time, you can take a day trip up to the Avenue of the Giants, a 30-mile drive through large groves of giant redwoods.
There are several senic rivers to explore as well as the ocean. Rent a kayak or canoe at Catch A Canoe in Mendocino, at the mouth of Big River. Liquid Fusion also rents kayaks and diving gear, based out of Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.
There are many beautiful places to ride bicycles in the area. If you can’t bring your own, rent mountain bikes at Catch A Canoe in town.
The only golf course in the area is the Little River Golf Course, featuring 9 holes overlooking the ocean. They rent clubs, too.
Ride through the redwoods between Ft. Bragg and Willits on a historic steam train.
Pt. Cabrillo Light Station
Only 3 miles north of Agate Cove. The antique fresnel lens was completely restored in 2001, and they’ve just reopened the ground floor of the building after extensive renovation. It was used as a location in the 2001 movie “The Majestic”, starring Jim Carrey. This is an excellent location from which to see migrating whales.
Point Arena Lighthouse
About 35 miles south, on the way up the coast from San Francisco. When you approach the lighthouse from the north, you can stop at Manchester Beach for an incredible view of the lighthouse at the end of the beach! The infamous San Andreas Fault heads out to sea for the last time right at the north end of the beach, around Alder Creek Road — it’s very obvious when you drive through there.
We see many kinds of birds here, including osprey, pelicans, blue herons, cormorants, ravens, turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and lots of hummingbirds. Not to mention seagulls, geese, and many kinds of ducks…. Check the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society for more information.
Agate Cove is a wonderful vantage point from which to watch the big waves that accompany winter storms. It’s truly amazing to watch 25-foot waves roll into the cove all day long!
Agate Cove is a prime spot for abalone diving (check current tide
info). The ab divers provide some entertainment at breakfast as they bob around in the cove. Or try it yourself with the Sub-surface Progression Dive Shop.
Mendocino Art Center and local galleries
The renowned Mendocino Art Center hosts exhibits and classes year-round, and there are many fine art galleries in the village of Mendocino.
Theatre & Music
There are a number of theatre and music companies that perform year-round:
Gloriana Opera Company
Mendocino Theatre Company
Symphony of the Redwoods
Mendocino Music Festival
The Kelley House Museum is operated by a local historical society and the Ford House Visitor Center is operated by the Mendocino Area Parks Association on behalf of the State.
There are many wineries in Mendocino County. If you’re interested in a chauffeur-driven tour of Anderson Valley wineries and tasting rooms, try Mendocino Wine Tours.
Quality = Excellent,
Facilities = Excellent,
Service = Excellent!
A breath of fresh air after the pace of our metro Detroit home. The room was more lovely than we could have hoped and the views utterly breathtaking. The delightful hosts were the icing on the cake, with marvelous breakfasts and a welcome that made us feel instantly at home. Can't wait to be able to return for another trip!