We set off on Friday with plans to take the scenic route and stop for lunch along the way. We stopped in Jenner, CA at a little roadside place called Cafe Aquatica. You wouldn't think anything of it from the road, but it was a hoot. Great food. Live music. Beautiful view. And, a lady giving massages by the water.
And inside...straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog.
I couldn't recommend this place more. It is one of three properties in town owned by the same people and all have a slightly different vibe. Mendocino is a haven for B & Bs, but I personally hate the chintzy Victorian look, and this was modern, fresh, and elegant. Also, the breakfast prepared by Nan, our hostess, was absolutely amazing. You barely needed to eat again all day. Except we did, at two lovely restaurants: Cafe Beaujolais and Wild Fish. Both were terrific.
The scenery is a huge draw to Mendocino. The town is located on bluffs overlooking the ocean and the sunsets are magnificent.