Outdoor Activities

Order our gourmet picnic basket the evening before you go exploring ... it’s filled with sandwiches, fruit, pasta salad and house-made cookies. Put in your order by dialing 0 from your room or calling 707-937-0289.

MENDO WINE TOURS

(leaves from the MacCallum House seven days a week) 
Take a guided tour of four Anderson Valley wineries. Tour includes sparkling Roederer wine, a gourmet lunch served at one of the wineries, unlimited wine tasting, VIP discounts, and hors d’oeuvres before the return trip. Reservations and information are available with our innkeepers.

BIG RIVER BEACH

(7-10 minute walk from MacCallum House)
This is the most expansive and easily accessible beach near Mendocino.
To get there: follow Main Street to the parking lot between the Presbyterian Church and the gas station. Take the trail off the parking lot down to the sand (a long stairway brings you down the steepest part).

BIG RIVER TRAIL

(1/2 mile from MacCallum House)
This trail is a former logging road that winds up Big River. It is great for walking, jogging or biking. 
To get there: by car take Highway 1 south and turn left (it is either the first or second left once you get onto Highway 1) before Big River Bridge. Stay to the left until you reach a gate.  
by foot follow the river from Big River Beach.

BIG RIVER BY BOAT

Take a picnic lunch and rent a canoe or kayak at Catch a Canoe boat rental. Big River flows fifty five miles westward. The Big River estuary–including its abundant wildlife and adjacent lands–is permanently protected. Catch a Canoe is located on the mouth of the river just off Comptche-Ukiah Road 937-0273.

JUGHANDLE TRAIL

(Highway 1––10 minutes north by car)
This State Park trail winds up the ecological staircase, along creeks, meadows and forests. The trail ends at Jughandle Beach––another wonderful spot. To get there: take Highway 1 north, just past Caspar. Turn left into the parking lot for Jughandle State Park.

VAN DAMME TRAIL

(Highway 1––5 minutes south by car)
The park features the lush Fern Canyon scenic trail system; the Pygmy Forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall; and the bog, or Cabbage Patch, where skunk cabbage grows in abundance. The park’s ten miles of trails go along the fern-carpeted canyon of Little River. A paved road is used by joggers and bicyclists. The beach is popular with abalone divers.  To get there: take Highway 1 south, and turn left off the highway when you see the sign for Van Damme state Park.

CATCH A CANOE & BICYCLES TOO!

Rent bicycles for a riding tour of the village and beyond, or canoe up big river to enjoy the beautiful protected lands of the Big River Estuary. Take the first left just past the Big River Bridge onto Comptche-Ukiah Road. Catch a Canoe is the first driveway on the left. 707-937-0273

KAYAK MENDOCINO

Go on a guided tours through the sea caves of Mendocino. Tours are for all ages and require no experience. All equipment is provided, and the tours can be enjoyed year-round. Tours leave Van Damme State Park at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm everyday. Reservations: 707-813-7117 kayakmendocino.com

POINT CABRILLO LIGHT HOUSE 

(north of Mendocino about 3 miles)
Enjoy the Lighthouse, visit the Lightkeeper’s Museum and view the beautiful tide pool aquarium. To get there: turn left on Point Cabrillo Drive across from the entrance to Russian Gulch State Park. The lighthouse is 1 mile north on Point Cabrillo Drive.

RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK

(Highway 1–– about 3 miles north)
This park is known for the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon, a headland that features the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and a beach that offers swimming (in wetsuits), tide-pool exploring, skin diving and rock fishing. Inland, there is a 36-foot high waterfall. Hikers enjoy miles of hiking trails. The park also has a paved three-mile bicycle trail. To get there: take Highway 1 north about three miles. The entrance to the park is on the right. 


To book any activities please call your innkeeper by pressing “0” on your room phone or calling 707-937-0289. 

We hope you enjoy all Mendocino has to offer!