Santa Rosa has always been one of those interestingly remote places for me. I grew up just an hour away from it, but it always felt as distant as places three or four hours away, as if it were more suited to a long weekend trip than a quick visit. Where I live now is […]
If I could, I would do all of my birthday and holiday shopping in Mendocino. Unfortunately, that’s not practical either in terms of distance or finances. In fact, I’ve found it best to bring a few hundred dollars in cash and leave my cards in the car or hotel room. Otherwise I’m liable to come home with enough gifts for everyone for the year, but with a much-depleted savings account. I suppose if I went through on my thoughts to live there, then that might save a few dollars and satisfy my cravings.
As you may have gathered, Mendocino isn’t a place to go bargain-hunting. Its streets are lined with charming, alluring shops featuring goods by local craftsmen. There’s an incredible assortment of jewelry in particular, and in fact my favorite necklace was a Mendocino find. With that said, I’m not really much of a jewelry person, so the other shops interspersed with these offer a nice break.
For me, the art galleries always offer something of a siren’s call and a perfect excuse to indulge in some culture, or excuse for while visiting the town. I know I’ll find something to fall in love with, and I know it’s always far out of my price range, but it’s impossible to resist going in anyway. Most recently, it was a beautiful semi-abstract oil painting of light filtering through the upper cover of the nearby redwood forest. It was so evocative of the silent peace there that it took all my willpower not to bring it home with me as an attempt to bring that inner silence home too.
The Town of Mendocino actually has a great website that promotes the local galleries, take a look for yourself.