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Whales migrate north along the California coast photoThe coast of California’s Mendocino County from Point Cabrillo to Fort Bragg which geographically bows out into the Pacific currents makes this stretch of beautiful rugged shore uniquely shaped to provide some of the best views of swimming whales from the shore or whale watching tour boats.Mostly California Gray Whales along with Humpbacks, the rare gigantic Blue Whale and Orca Killer Whales migrate north every year from February to April in pods at the rate of dozens an hour, usually reaching a peak in March, with some pods of 20 whales at a time. The area provides a wide variety of B&B's, motels and hotel lodgings for whale viewing with The whales swim close enough you needn’t even leave the comfort of your hotel or bed & breakfast porch or balcony hot tub with a wine in your hand.

Wine Festivals and Whale Boats

And with Mendocino’s Wine region growing in popularity it’s a perfect time to combine a little wine tasting with your whale watching. Two Festibvals are held in Mendocino and Fort Bragg in March.

Mendocino Whale and Wine Festival in March

Mendodino coast for whale watching photoFifteen wineries and local merchants participate in the Mendocine Wine and Whales festival, with wine tasting, food, art galleries and events for the family with a free trolley. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, three miles north of Mendocino, offers activities on Saturday and Sunday of both festivals, including games for kids, information on the shipwreck the Frolic, lighthouse history and gray whale migration. You can walk along the Mendocino Headlands to see the whales.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival in March

In Ft. Bragg the emphasis is more on beer than wine with almost 20 local area micro-breweries, offering tastes of their best ales, stouts and pilsner beers. Other events are 5K and 10K walks and runs Walk on the headlands, along with a classic car show, arts & crafts fair, chowder tasting, art exhibits and guided whale walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and MacKerricher State Park.

Bed & Breakfast Lodging in Mendocino

There are a number of hotels, lodges and B&B’s which offer special whale watching packages and some you can watch from the window of your room. Breakfast in bed, antiques, Cabrillo Point lighthouse history and even a murder mystery TV icon are just a few of the possibilities for a unique and romantic stay. Here are just a few.

The Auberge Mendocino - offers a two night whale package which includes a free picnic lunch for the short walk from the inn to the Mendocino Headlands.

The Joshua Grindle Inn - a triple-A 4 Diamond Award hotel overlooks the Pacific and Mendocino Bay

The Headlands Inn - A featherbed in a romantic ocean view room with a crackling fire, and a gourmet breakfast served in your quarters.

Blair House B&B - Victorian House in Mendocino Village which was used as the home of Jessica Fletcher in the TV series, "Murder She Wrote".

The new Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo has taken up residence in the original head lightkeepers house built in 1909 and will be offering tours of the historic site.

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Whale Watching Charters Mendocino

Several charter boat whale watching tour companies will take you out for your personal encounter with the gentle aquatic giants. © Bargain Travel West

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