The charming seaside town of Mendocino is paradise 3-hours north of San Francisco. Picture stunning beaches, rugged coastlines, small country lanes and towering redwoods. Make sure you pack your walking shoes, your camera, and a spare battery. Trust us, you’ll need it. From picturesque lighthouses, charming Easter egg colored Victorian homes, and Cliffside inns, visiting Mendocino is like visiting a different world. Jug Handle State Natural Reserve is a wonderful stopping point that can be explored on foot. Keep an eye open for the Ecological Staircase Trail and its five wave-cut terraces.