Just a few hours north of San Francisco, you'll discover the magical south coast of Mendocino County.
Hwy 128 West, meanders through Mendocino wine country all the way to Hwy 1. The quaint village of Albion, straddles Hwy 128. To explore the South coast of Mendocino, turn left (south), on to the bridge. and continue along Mendocino's South Coast. Soon you'll find the charming village of Elk, where all the B&B's are ocean front. Venture further south, to the newly-renovated Pt. Arena Lighthouse and one of the best surfing and fishing spots at Arena Pier... and then on to...
Albion & Elk are found on either side of where Hwy 128 meets the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean.
Albion is a small fishing village with lodging, restaurants and scenic vistas. The historic Albion River Bridge, was built in 1944 and is the last wooden bridge in operation along Highway 1. It was constructed from salvaged wood during World War II, when steel and concrete were in short supply.
Even residents can't agree on how to pronounce their town's name. Most of the old timers and locals say "Wah-Lah-Lah". Gualala is the Native American word for "water coming down place". This area is appropriately named because of the Gualala River flows majestically into the pacific ocean creating a wide river mouth and sandbar. The beauty and tranquility of this area has long attracted a wide spectrum of visitors and residents. From this cross section of personalities a cultural scene has emerged, rich in high quality theater, music and art. This local talent can be found in the restaurants, art galleries, gardens and other forms of individual expression.
3,000 acres of redwood forests, meadows sweeping to meet dramatic bluffs winding along 10 miles of rugged Northern California Coastline. Relax on a sandy beach, hike the bluff top at sunset, explore tidepools and fields of wildflowers. For the golf enthusiast, The Sea Ranch Golf Links, one of the most challenging 18 championship holes, links style courses west of Scotland awaits you. Sea Ranch Lodge offers newly renovated rooms with stunning ocean views, most with fireplaces, acclaimed dining at Black Point Grill and more. Enjoy natural serenity, unsurpassed.