Built as a logging railroad, the Skunk began as a logical vehicle for moving massive redwood logs to sawmills on the Mendocino Coast. Steam passenger service began in 1904 and was extended to Willits in 1911, and was discontinued in 1925 when self-powered yellow "Skunk" rail cars were inaugurated. The trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines which prompted folks to say "You can smell 'em before you see 'em." More modern equipment was added in later years, many of which can still be ridden. The vintage 1925 M-100 motorcar-the only remaining train of its kind in use today-runs on the line year-round, as does the 1935 M-300 motorcar. They are joined by three 1950's diesel-powered engines and the famous Old No. 45 steam engine, a majestic 1924 Baldwin steam engine-the kind that kids dream about when they think of "trains". Moving at a leisurely pace, the trains pull covered cars and open observation cars, perfect for photography. The Skunk line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits on Highway 101, or halfway to Northspur station and back. Along the way, the tracks cross 30 bridges and trestles and pass through two deep mountain tunnels, with stunning scenery in between. Excursions leave Fort Bragg everyday at 10:00 with summer BBQ's departing Tuesday through Saturday at 3:30pm. Call 866-457-5685 for more information and reservations or visit www.SkunkTrain.com
Address: Foot of Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
47 Acres to the sea. Stretching from California's historic Highway One to the dramatic shore of the Pacific, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has delighted visitors for over 40 years. An easy half-mile walk takes you from well-tended gardens, through a fern covered canyon, to spectacular vistas at the ocean's edge.
The Ford House, run by the Mendocino Area Parks Association, was built in 1854 for Jerome Bursley Ford and his new wife. Learn about the history of the Ford family and about the history of the village of Mendocino at the Ford House. A museum as well as a Visitor Center, a stop at the Ford House is essential to any visit to Mendocino. In 1986, the Ford House operations were handed over to the Mendocino Area Parks Association, which has docent and volunteer programs that enable the Ford House to be open on a regular basis. The Ford House is more than a historic home and Visitor Center, it is an interpretive center for the beautiful and unique natural environment of the area and its district parks, and an educational center that informs residents and vistors of the history of Mendocino and the surrounding areas. Its gallery exhibits works of local artists--works that are appropriate to the seasons and that have an environmental theme.
Address: PO Box 1387/ On the ocean side of Main St. in the Village of Mendocino.
Arena Theater serves the communities of Mendocino and Sonoma counties and their visitors with first run movies, live music, Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, a Monday night Film Club, and community events. this member-supported community theater is owned and operated by the Arena Theater Association, a 501(c)(3) organization.
18 hole mini golf course beautifully landscaped - Waterfalls & fountains. Arcade with todays top video games, air hockey & pool table. Gift Shop, Snack Shack and private party room with complete theme parties.
Kelley House Museum is a local history museum. The property features gardens and a naturally fed spring pond, overlooking Mendocino Bay. The Kelley House is now the home of the Mendocino Historical Research non-profit, dedicated to the preservation of the ethnic, economic and social history of Mendocino City and the Mendocino Coast. Please see the Kelley House website for information on becoming a member. Research by appointment only.
Address: P.O. Box 922/45007 Albion St., Mendocino, CA 95460
The Mendocino Art Center is a major center of culture for the Mendocino Coast, showing plays, fine art exhibitions, musical performances and much more from local, regional and international artists. Childrens classes, and adult art classes as well, open studios, residencies, craft, fine art and more.
Address: PO Box 765/45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino, CA 95460
Toll Free Phone: 800-653-3328
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
The mission of the Mendocino Coast AudubonSociety (MCAS) is to help people appreciate and enjoy native birds and to conserve and restore local ecosystems for the benefit of native birds and other wildlife.The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society conducts many birding field trips throughout the year. Every month two Bird Walks are held at the Mendocino coast Botanical Gardens, led by an MCAS member. These are scheduled year round on the first saturday at 9:00 AM and on the third Wednesday at 8:00 AM, light rain or shine. MCAS also sponsors pelagic birding trips from Noyo Harbor each spring and fall. Visit their website to view the full calendar of events.
MendocinoFun.com is "the discrimintating guide to adventure on the Mendocino Coast." The Website features lodging and restaurants; maps to parks, beaches and gardens; information on nature tourism, pet-friendly travel, golf, hikes, birding, kayaking, whale watching, fishing, wineries, wine tours, art galleries, theatre, and a calendar of events.
Opera Fresca is Mendocino County's premier, professional opera company in its eighth season of performing operas, concerts and cabarets. Accompanied by its own orchestras, the company uses professional, local talent as well as singers from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Spokane, Washington.