We returned home earlier this week from our 1 year anniversary celebration at Mendocino, a long weekend spent in total serenity. W surprised me with the trip. Two years ago, we also spent my birthday weekend in Mendocino.
Mendocino is in the northern coast of California, couple hours from the city. It’s a beautiful drive through artisanal wineries, mansion farm houses, towering redwoods, and the rugged Pacific coast.
W and I love our times spent here (so we came back and will be again in the near future). It’s a place where we would go to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy life. It’s a place where we would go to get peace of mind and quietness. It’s a place where we just recharge and relax.
MacCallum House was where we made home for 2 nights and 3 days. The coast was clearly in view from our porch. So as the view of sunset. At night, we watched the fire burned and listened to the cracked of the wood as the room warmed up. So cozy. So homey. So sparkly. So sad we didn’t have marshmallows to make some smores for a late night snack. W probably burned up an entire tree in 2 nights. Just because he was amused so much by the fireplace.
Normally, I would make breakfast for W. And W would occasionally make breakfast for me on the weekend. But it was nice for a change to be served breakfast in our pajamas. We sipped on freshly brewed coffee while waiting for our delicious breakfast being cooked. Choices range from breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, corn pancakes to parfait and oatmeal. It was a full menu. We sat outdoor on one of the gorgeous weather days. People watching. Bird flying. Cloud moving.
It felt like home to me. Small town. Coastal cottage. Beautiful flower gardens. Wooden fireplace. Farm house with cows, lambs, horses, and llama. Homegrown fruits and vegetables. Friendly people. Everything I dream of having for my home. It’s not a far walk from the beach to catch the sunset. It’s a short drive to step into the wilderness. You have the beauty of both world.
Last time we hiked at one of the state parks, filled with redwoods towering on our sides. But W found something different for us to do. Skunk Train. I know what you are thinking. No, it doesn’t pick up skunk. Not even one. Only people. We rode through forest and forest of redwoods. Bridges. Tunnels. Rivers. The air was fresh. Each inhale ignited a feeling of refreshing tranquility and calmness. Like in yoga, the Savasana pose, one’s body is in deep relaxation and thought-free. I was taken in by the surrounding. Live folk music was playing in the background. It brought you back to the old days. The simple old days where life was just plain simple.
We could never have enough of Mendocino, regardless of how long we stay. A couple we met mentioned they were vacationing here for 3 weeks. That sounded really long to us at first. But when you are here, you simply wish not to have to leave. Mendocino, where I find the tranquility of life.