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I'm looking for a nice place to stay near/in Mendocino for a little annivarsary vacation. I'm looking for a place along the ocean and would prefer something pet-friendly. I don't want to spend more than $150/nite. We're thinking about staying Sat, July 22nd and Sun, July 23rd, returning the 24th.

Any suggestions or experiences?

Also, i keep hearing about a 10-mile coastal trail. Can you ride your bike on this trail? What about the "Skunk Train"?

Thanks!!!

-Brad
 

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We stayed at the Sea Foam Lodge, just a few minutes south of the town of Mendocino, right on the coast. It's pet friendly, lots of grass and trails thru the forest for nice doggy walks. The rooms are nothing special, but right across hwy 1 is a small, secluded beach which is a great place to let a dog run off-leash.

I haven't ridden the trails around there, but I've heard good things about them.

The skunk train leaves from Fort Bragg, a bit further north from Mendo.
 

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I've never stayed in Mendocino because it's usually pretty pricey. We always stay in Fort Bragg or down the coast a bit near Point Arena. The Mendocino coast is to me the most amazing place in the state. I was just up there last week. Stayed in Bodega Bay and up at Humboldt Redwoods State Park so that doesn't really help you.
 

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I recently stayed at Mendocino, it will be tough to find a spot on the ocean for $150, expect at least $200/night for that. I very much recommend the place we just stayed at called Agate Cove, www.agatecove.com. The people were nice, the breakfast was great, the rooms were very nice, it was a great stay! Plus my girlfriend enjoyed viewing their gardens, and you can sit and view the ocean from several spots they have set up. You can see that there is a room for there for $150/night, the rest are $209 and up.

Also, here is a good place to start to find mendocino bread and breakfast reviews.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32701-Mendocino_California-Vacations.html
Scroll down half way to view all the B&B's.
 

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I'm heading there this weekend after the Infinion race. Andbody have suggestions of some godd MTB rides to do with the wife?
 

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Jackson State Forest

Jackson State Forest is supposedly just riddled with singletrack. Check the local shop.
 

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I personally never liked what I found in Jackson...

Check in wiht the local shop right on main st. in Ft. Bragg.

409....Gas Tank Trail..boyscout camp...they are excellent redwood singletracks, the other side on Hwy. 1 in the Caspar area. Fun trails to ride for sure.

Can't help you out too much with where to stay, my in-laws have a place there so we stay for free when we get out there.
 

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dstepper said:
Used to live on the Mendo South Coast (Anchor Bay). Can not comment on the biking as I did not ride back then, but can comment on the weather. If is foggy, which it is alot during the summer you can sometimes get clear weather from Pt. Arena South to Gualala.
I concur with that. If you want ot hang out and look at the ocean then head south if it's foggy around Mendo. Although I think Mendo. in the fog is still pretty damn interesting and beautiful to enjoy.

If you're there for riding, once you go inland just a bit you'll leave the marine layer and get above the fog pretty quickly.
 

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I agree witht he Seafoam Lodge recommendation. However, it's not on the beach. We've done the beach ride from the sand dunes in Ft. Bragg and headed north for a few miles and came back the same way. We've also gone MTB in Van Damme State Park. It's an easy relaxing ride through heavy vegetation for about. It's only a to-and-back route, no loops for about 7 miles.
 
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