Where to stay north of San Francisco

Old Nov 29th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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Where to stay north of San Francisco

We have 3 nights to spend on the northern California coast after visiting San Francisco. Which of the small towns within about 4 hours of S.F. would be ideal for beautiful ocean views and a peaceful setting? Any recommendations for specific places to stay? I've never seen the Pacific Ocean, so views are important! Thanks for your advice.
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Old Nov 29th, 2008, 08:15 PM
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Absolutely go to Mendocino. It's gorgeous, as is the drive up there (about 3 hours from SF). Lots of places to stay, some more pricey than others. I'd just go up and look for a place that suits you. Pretty easy to do midweek...weekends are tighter. Any place you stay in town will be no more than a block or two from the ocean. If you want to spend big bucks, Heritage House--right on the ocean before you get to Mendocino-- would do nicely.
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The Sea Ranch. It's off the tourist map, but my favorite place along the north coast is just south of the town of Gualala. It's a one of a kind development along 10 miles of the most gorgeous coastline. One can rent a vacation home or stay at the Sea Ranch Lodge.
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Suggest the romantic place with guest cottages and a gourmet restaurant at the mouth of the Russian River, called River's End - www.ilovesunsets.com
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I like Harbor House just south of Mendocino....gorgeous views and perched right on the cliff overlooking the ocean.
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Mendocino. You can go wine tasting in the Anderson Valley (rte. 128).
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