MENDOCINO FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Bay Area traffic can be slow. Morning departures are best;
leaving SFO by 1-2:00 PM is usually ok; otherwise, Joan and
Jeff leave after 6 PM.
Drive North on Highway 101, through Marin and Sonoma Counties
until the last exit to Cloverdale - Highway 128.
Exit and follow Highway 128 north through the coastal range
into Anderson Valley. Continue north past the wineries and into
the Navarro redwoods.
Highway 128 merges with Coast Highway at the mouth of the Navarro
River. Continue north for 10 miles until you see Mendocino Village
stretched out on the Headlands.
Look for the Comptche Ukiah Road and turn right. The main driveway
to the inn is the second to your left. (Normally three hours)
MENDOCINO COAST ROUTE
Stunning views but can be slow - up to
twice the time as the inland route, particularly with R.V.'s.
Exit Mill Valley Highway 1 and follow north through Marin, Sonoma
and southern Mendocino Counties. (Normally five hours)
MENDOCINO FROM NAPA VALLEY
This route is rarely congested and is stunning. Take Highway
29 north to Calistoga where it will intersect Highway 128. Turn
left at the intersection and follow 128 northwest into Sonoma
Country and the Alexander Valley. The road skirts the northern
edge of the valley. At Geyserville, 128 merges with Highway
101. Follow Highway 101 (and 128) north to Cloverdale and exit
onto Highway 128 and continue as above. (Normally two hours
from St. Helena)
MENDOCINO FROM THE OREGON COAST, EUREKA
Follow Highway 101 South until Leggett and the intersection
of Highway 1. Exit and follow Highway 1 south to the Mendocino
Coast. Continue south through Westport and Fort Bragg. Mendocino
is 10 miles south of Fort Bragg. Continue south past the single
lighted intersection in Mendocino, Cross Big River and take
the first left turn onto Comptche Ukiah Road. We are the northeast
corner of the intersection and border the south of the mouth
of Big River. (Normally three hours from Eureka/Arcata)
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word about the roads ...
Mendocino County Roads are among the most beautiful
in the United States. Most of our roads were originally animal
paths traversing the ridges and valleys. Pomos followed and
connected many of these trails and they were in turn followed
by the first European settlers who created what are today's
Significantly beautiful roads include Highway
128, which winds from Cloverdale in Sonoma County over ridges
to the Yorkville Highlands wine country and then down into Anderson
Valley and the towns of Boonville and Philo. From Philo, the
highway drops into the Navarro River Valley and the redwood
Another stunning drive is along Comptche-Ukiah
- Orr Springs Road. Connecting Mendocino and Ukiah, the road
follows ridges most of the way to the deep valley which is Ukiah.
Along the route is Montgomery Woods containing the worlds tallest
tree and Orr Springs, a once famous hot springs resort. Just
west of Ukiah the mountains afford views over coastal ridges
to the Pacific more than 40 miles away.