Matt’s Valentine’s Day surprise to me — a weekend getaway to Mendocino for some family fun and adventure!
Although we were somewhat cramped in the Toyota Yaris (why did we bring the stroller?), the drive was very beautiful and scenic. It’s easy to see why people pay half a million dollars to live in California — in three hours you go from mountains and vineyards to Redwood forests to rugged coasts. It was pretty amazing! We stayed at Abigail’s, the pet and family friendly sister inn of Whitegate Inn. Despite the creepiness from basically staying in someone’s house with a bunch of strangers, we had a fabulous hostess who was taken with Jaxon and his baby blues (who isn’t!!), a homemade breakfast each morning, and a delicious wine and cheese hour at the Whitegate Inn each evening. All in all, it was pretty amazing. Plus people from the posh restaurants downstairs could see us in our bathroom while they ate. Hmmm, you think they’d do something about that.
Saturday we went out early on foot and captured some great photos of the town. I had the best coffee at Moody’s — rich espresso, fantastic employees, and the thickest, most delicious whipped cream I think I have ever ingested. Orgasmic-ly good! After a family nap (and bubble bath for Mama!) we headed out again, stopping at Whitegate Inn for some wine and cheese before finding an early dinner at the Bayside Cafe. Cheap burgers, fresh vegetables, gorgeous views of the coast, and one snobby waiter (Why, man, why? It’s a $7 burger cafe.) All in all, it was a great day.
Sunday we enjoyed breakfast (No homemade scones 😦 Awwh) before heading out to the cliffs for some great photos. I’d never seen such blue water on the Pacific coast before. Of course most of So. Cal’s coasts are polluted…. anyhow, it was breathtaking. We finished up with a delicious lunch (can you believe that Matt actually suggested we eat outside??? Kick ass!) and one final coffee at Moody’s.
Although by the time we finally got home, Matt had thrown up twice and I was sick as a dog with a terrible sore throat and cold. (But I’m on my way to recovery!) Mendocino – Four stars (out of five). I wish we had more sun (but that would mean more people) and more time. Also we probably shouldn’t stay in an in-house B&B with a baby who likes to blabber at 2am. All in all, it was a great trip and I cannot wait to plan our next family vacation!