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. 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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2. 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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5. Gribaldo’s Cafe

Family style cafe serving hearty diner fare. Gribaldo’s specializes in breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stop by for some great food and service.

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6. Holiday Lodge

Off US Highway 101, this cozy lodge is a five-minute walk from neighboring restaurants, and two miles from the Mendocino County Museum, Willits Rodeo Grounds, …

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7. JD Redhouse & Co.

JD Redhouse is an all inclusive mercantile offering an incredibly eclectic inventory including ice cream, kitchen appliances, handmade jewelry and now, Oco Time sushi from …

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9. Loose Caboose Cafe

Loose Caboose offers an extensive menu of hot or cold sandwich options, soups, salads, a variety of bottled beer, root beer floats and outdoor seating …

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10. Mariposa Market

Mariposa Market is a locally owned natural foods store conveniently located on Highway 101 in Willits, specializing in organic produce, much of it locally grown. …

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