Mendonoma, the coastline from Sonoma County to Mendocino County, is not just a place to escape the stresses of life (being just 100 miles north of San Fran). It introduces you to a different kind of lifestyle – one that revolves around nature, one that is sensitive to, and exists with, its surroundings. Here are 5 experiences not to miss:
1. Discover a Favorite Local Artist
Gualala has a beautiful community art center nestled in the redwoods, Gualala Arts Center. Art exhibits, workshops & classes, classical & popular music performances, theater, lectures and much more. There’s more at Cypress Village Gallery District on Ocean Drive, Gualala. Our favorite, Studio 391, is one of Gualala’s premier fine art galleries specializing in photography by Paul Kozal and exhibiting works by emerging and established artists. There are many other shops and studios, each offering a diverse and distinctive selection of fine art for any art lover.
2. Drift Along the Gualala River
Enjoy an idyllic river trip along the Gualala River. If you don’t have your own you can rent a paddle board (from Wass’Up, a little corner shop inside the ARFF feed store), or a canoe or kayak (from Adventure Rents). They provide self-guided rentals in top of the line watercraft; single and tandem kayaks and canoes, for up to a 2-hour paddle, a 2-4 hr. ‘half day’ tour for time to picnic, swim and explore or a full day river adventure.
*Image of Sonoma Coast State Beach via Shutterstock