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From luxury lodges to working ranches and cozy cabins kissed by ancient redwoods, Mendocino County is the ideal playground for a growing getaway trend.

Sporting 90 miles of classic California shoreline, 24 state and national parks and a creative line-up of lodging options and excursions, this Northern California destination is big on natural beauty, wineries, culinary gems and adventure.

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Here are three new luxury spots for a comfortable Mendocino stay:

Perched on the cliffs south of Mendocino, the hamlet of Elk is ready for its close-up. Next month marks the launch of über-luxe Harbor House Inn, a ground-up restoration including nine guest rooms, Michelin-worthy restaurant, wrap-around decks and heady 3,400-bottle wine cellar.

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The stunning setting includes staggering Pacific views, guest rooms set in a modern palette and all the requisite luxuries for a bespoke escape. 

Perched on the harbor overlooking the Noyo River in Fort Bragg, Noyo Harbor Inn is surrounded by lush redwood forests and simple serenity.

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Set in deep cherry wood with original oil paintings and commanding views, the 15-room inn includes a cozy new restaurant and bar and access to a variety of experiential activities. From French press coffee to the stunning Captain’s Quarters Suite, this is the place to tuck in — and bliss out.

Located at the gateway to Mendocino County, Thatcher Hotel, a 1890 Victorian gem, will sport 18 guest rooms, a lively bar, pool and alfresco dining. Nearby, 15 tasting venues, the Solar Living Institute and first solar-powered cannabis dispensary (Emerald Pharms), seasonal hiking at the Hopland Research and Extension Center and Terra Sávia olive mill round out your visit.

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With Chef Patrick Oliver Martin at the helm, Rock Seas Farm Fusion offers creatively curated gluten-free cuisine with a cutting edge. 

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– Size: 4,000 square miles (District of Columbia + Rhode Island + Delaware)
– 24 national/state parks
– 90 miles of Pacific coastline
– Over 90 wineries
– Top Crops: Grapes and cannabis
– Routes: Scenic Highway 1, Highway 128 Wine Road, Inspiration Highway 101
– Unique Language: Boontling (a late 19th century language) still spoken in Boonville
– Airports: SFO, OAK, SMF, STS
– Drive Time from SFO: 2+ hours

Harbor House Inn photos courtesy of Unnikrishnan Raveendranathen (E&E Co., Ltd.).

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