in the village of mendocino, at an enchanting refuge by the sea, we stayed our first two nights
in alegria, ocean front inn and cottages. tucked between the 'tree house' and 'garden', 'driftwood', our cottage, was the perfect place to nest for romantic days and nights. with a loft bed, wood burning fireplace and hot tub (cozy robes included!) we wanted to move in. the dining room is in the main house, with stunning views of the rugged coast. steps away is a private path to the beach. alegria was the perfect getaway and we can't wait to return. we noticed someone else felt the same...each cottage has a hand painted sign above the entry, but driftwoods was missing. i understand the desire to take home a piece of this magical place. for more information about alegria ~ ocean front inn and cottages go here. thank you alegria for the incredible experiance, we loved our time here!
we've been visiting friends. craig is the owner of kayak mendocino. craig and chuck met for photos of kayaking and standup paddling. we all met at the farmers market (sweet pea bouquet a gift from chuck!) and in the evening, dinner at their home in the redwoods. to learn more about kayaking off the medocino coast (which is spectacular) contact craig at kayak medocino here.
really good news! mendocino has a yarn shop. (hee hee) a beautiful yarn shop. chuck met me there, chose wool for a new hat (it took him less than three minutes) while one hour later i was still making decisions. all the wonderful choices! a lovely handpainted silk merino ended up coming home with me. and a 'happy knitting' project bag. those are always nice to have i think. for more information about mendocinos charming (and excellent) yarn shop, go here.
and the eighty year old woman pictured in this post? alegria. not her name, but i like to think it was, with her joyful light and spirit, the spirit of mendocino. tomorrow we're staying at a new (to us) bed and breakfast in the village, thank you so much for all the lovely anniversary wishes.