Top things to do in Coastal Highway 1

Top Choice Japanese in Fort Bragg

Taka's Japanese Grill

Although it may look fairly run of the mill, this is an exceptional Japanese restaurant. The owner is a former grader at the Tokyo fish market so the quality is tops and he makes a weekly run to San Francisco to sou…
Top Choice Californian in Bodega Bay

Fishetarian Fish Market

A fish market, deli and great place to eat with reggae as the soundtrack, an outdoor deck near the water and an expansive menu that includes colorful and imaginative organic salads, fried tofu (or calamari) with hom…
Top Choice Californian in Mendocino

Café Beaujolais

Mendocino’s iconic, beloved country-Cal–French restaurant occupies an 1893 farmhouse restyled into a monochromatic urban-chic dining room, perfect for holding hands by candlelight. The refined, inspired cooking draw…
Top Choice Italian in Fort Bragg

Cucina Verona

A real-deal Italian restaurant with no-fail traditional dishes, plus a few with a Californian tweak, such as butternut-squash lasagne and artichoke bruschetta. The atmosphere is as comforting as the cuisine, with di…
Top Choice Italian in Fort Bragg

Piaci Pub & Pizzeria

Fort Bragg’s must-visit pizzeria is known for its sophisticated wood-fired, brick-oven pizzas as much as for its long list of microbrews. Try the ‘Gustoso’ – with chèvre, pesto and seasonal pears, all carefully orch…
Top Choice Cafe in Jenner

Café Aquatica

This is the kind of North Coast coffee shop you’ve been dreaming of: fresh pastries, fog-lifting organic coffee and chatty locals. The expansive view of the Russian River from the patio and gypsy sea-hut decor make …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Point Arena

Point Arena Lighthouse

This 1908 lighthouse (the tallest on the US West Coast) stands 10 stories high, and you can ascend. Check in at the museum and have a look at the Fresnel lens, then climb 145 steps to the top for the jaw-dropping vi…
Top Choice Gardens in Fort Bragg

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

This gem of Northern California displays native flora, rhododendrons and heritage roses. The succulent display alone is amazing and the organic garden is harvested by volunteers to feed area residents in need. The s…
Park in Coastal Highway 1

Salt Point State Park

Stunning 6000-acre Salt Point State Park has sandstone cliffs that drop dramatically into the kelp-strewn sea and hiking trails that crisscross windswept prairies and wooded hills, connecting pygmy forests and coast…
Winery in Coastal Highway 1

Pacific Star Winery

In a dramatic, rub-your-eyes-in-disbelief-beautiful location on a bluff over the sea, the wines here don't get pros excited but they are very drinkable. The winery's owners are supremely friendly and you're encourag…