We’re on a budget. What can we do and where can we stay in Mendocino County?

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There are many types of lodging options in the county to cover every budget. Camping is always an option at any of the state and private parks that offer tent and RV facilities. Many hotels and inns offer mid-week or off-season rates and packages that bring the cost down. Vacation rentals are another way to save, especially with a group or large family.

There are many free to low-cost activities: hike in the redwoods, Pygmy Forest or along the headlands. Bring your own bikes and cycle the haul roads along the rivers and beaches. Climb the Point Arena Lighthouse, at 115 feet, the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12. The Point Cabrillo Light Station is a great whale watching and picnic spot; admission for adults is $5. Attend many of the county’s festivals for no cost. The County Fair and Apple Show in September is always fun with fairground rides, a rodeo, and sheepdog trials. July 4 brings parades and fireworks for free!

Wherever you stay and whatever you do, you’ll enjoy a hearty welcome from all of us in Mendocino County.