Retire in Mendocino, CA

Livability Score
48
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Circa '62 At the Inn At Schoolhouse Creek

Voted my best meal on our long weekend in Mendocino. We went on Monday morning for breakfast. The room is super cute - I would have loved one of the seats...

2. Luna Trattoria

We had a wonderful server, Shelly! She entertained us and we entertained her with our Arkansas accents. Lol! Everyone in our party agreed it was the best...

3. David's Restaurant & Delicatessen

I love places like these, where its all locals and its very vibrant with energy. I want to say, its in a weird location. I expected it to be in its own...

4. Cafe Del Mar

Excellent food. We just had a late breakfast here and the presentation and flavor of food was amazing. Creamy polenta came with my eggs and sautéed...

5. Trillium Cafe and Inn

Wonderful. My wife had the fish tacos and I had the Thai curry pot-pie for lunch on a Thursday. Both were nicely prepared and served by owner Saul and his...

Golf
1. Sea Ranch Golf Links

For a first timer like me, who has never walked onto a golf course...hold a golf club, let alone swing one and actually drive a ball... This place is pretty...

2. Ukiah Golf Course

Local community mountain course. A great walking course, early mornings I have often encounter wild turkeys and deer. Situated in the base of the mountain...

3. Wine Country Golf Cars

Service has gotten better since had golf cart fixed before, picked up golf cart and brought back is nice to know and friendly service

4. Brooktrails Golf Shop

Towering redwoods, a beautiful creek, and some challenges that will make you rethink your level of playing golf; that's what you find at Brooktrails Golf....

Active
1. Liquid Fusion Kayaking

The Sunset Bird Paddle Tour on the Noyo River was fantastic. Cate is an excellent guide, both good at paddle skills instruction and knowledgeable about area...

2. Mendocino Headlands Park

My best friend was married overlooking this beautiful backdrop. It was a really beautiful place on the coast of Mendocino, so we decided to check it out the...

3. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

We came here on Labor Day weekend to rent an outrigger canoe. We didn't make a reservation (since they are not accepted during certain times of the year),...

4. Telstar Charters

I have gone out on the Telstar three times since 2001. Every time it has been wonderful. Captain Randy is the best. I highly recommend using the Telstar...

5. Van Damme State Park

Walking the fern trail from the Little River Inn to the Beach was magical in the dawn light. Puts you in the campground at the front and an easy (be very...

Arts
1. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Dog friendly garden! Yes, this was the main reason we visited, but then we discovered more. We could spend all day here! It's not just a garden, it's a...

2. Glass Beach Jewelry and Museum

Awesome & informative! Cool little shop & museum. We stopped here before checking out the beach & really enjoyed it!

3. Highlight Gallery

Fabulous Gallery! Wish they were closer to me, I would go there all the time. Nice selection of art at various prices, great original jewelry, ceramics,...

4. Glass Fire Gallery

Stopping by Glass Fire Gallery should NOT be missed!! It was a real highlight for me and my wife. We were lucky enough to spend a few moments with the...

5. Ananse Village

An unexpected surprise on Highway 1 is this spacious store loaded with items from a number of West African countries. There's a lot of jewelry, along with...

Shopping
1. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too

We came here on Labor Day weekend to rent an outrigger canoe. We didn't make a reservation (since they are not accepted during certain times of the year),...

2. Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books

As I write this, I am smiling at the thought of being back in Gallery Bookshop. What a special place. To me, being in Gallery Books is synonymous with being...

3. Out of This World

Very neat and cool little shop in Mendocino. Basically it is a binocular, telescope, map, game, science, and puzzle store; all wrapped into one. Great...

4. Village Toy Store

GREAT toy store! Full of non-conventional toys that all of my little ones absolutely loved. I have 2 daughters and 2 nieces, ages 5-11, and all of them...

5. Sallie Mac

Love this store! Cute items, very friendly and service oriented people. The owner is lovely. If you're in Mendocino, it's definitely worth a stop!

Health
1. The Leonard Moore Cooperative

Planned a trip up north from Sacramento strictly to visit the beaches and more specifically this dispensary. Seeing that they were recipients of a Cannabis...

2. Jennifer Reed Massage

A perfect way to diffuse the drive up from the Bay Area. The Redwoods provide the curtain where in the other side is no more traffic, noise or work life....

3. Samantha Mener Massage Therapy

Can I get a WOOT WOOT! Yesterday I totally hurt myself during my kickboxing class. I woke up this morning and was literally crying when I got off my bed....

4. Gift of Healing Massage and BioSET

Sue was a wonderful masseuse. She was incredibly attentive to my knots and tight spots, and she had a good firm touch that would delight anyone fond of deep...

5. Mendocino Healing

What a gift to find Tanja and Mendocino Healing. I traveled to Mendocino from Boston to celebrate my mother-in-law's 70th birthday. I thought a private yoga...

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