Nestled in Little Lake Valley, Willits is the “Heart of Mendocino County” and “The Gateway to the Redwoods,” declarations spelled out on the sign that straddles Main Street. Trivia alert: Willits is home to the first stoplight on US 101 north of San Francisco!

Entering Willits from the south you will find traveler’s necessities – motels, gas stations, auto shops, and supermarkets. But just north of Highway 20, the route to the coast, lies downtown and many of Willits’ small-town charms. Plan a day to ride the Skunk Train with a windy ride into the magnificent redwood forests.

Explore Willits

1. 101 Drive-In

Enjoy a juicy home crafted burger on their incredible fresh buns while sipping on a thick milkshake!! Don’t miss out on your chance to visit …

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2. Baechtel Creek Inn

Located in Willits, the Baechtel Creek Inn is the ideal lodging for a redwood sightseeing excursion, a ride on the Skunk Train, or a northern …

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4. Brewed Awakening

Brewed Awakening is a great in-and-out stop for that all-important morning cup of coffee. Knowledgeable and friendly baristas will even create a custom cup for …

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5. Brooktrails Lodge

The historic Brooktrails Lodge is nestled among the redwoods of Mendocino County, secluded and private, yet five minutes from the amenities of Willits. The 8800-square-foot …

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7. Camp Noyo

Camp Noyo is hidden deep in the Mendocino redwood forest in the Noyo River basin. Relax and unwind with family or friends and enjoy the …

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8. Country Skillet

Country Skillet has a friendly staff and serves up hearty breakfast and brunch fare such as omelets, hash browns and fried chicken. A locally run …

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9. Edgewood Motel

Passing through Willits with a long drive ahead? Get some rest for you and Fido at the Edgewood Motel in Willits, where the rooms are …

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10. El Mexicano

This family owned restaurant offers an extensive menu of fine Mexican cuisine, served as large combination plates or a la carte. Food is made fresh …

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