Having taken our time driving down from the Avenue of the Giants we arrived well after sunset (and certainly past normal check-in time!) to the quiet The Apple Farm in Mendocino and blundered our way in the dark in search of our home for the night – the cottage with the red door.
Thankfully it wasn’t too difficult as they had thoughtfully left the lights on and windows open to cool things down a bit.
Charmingly rustic, we immediately felt at home and quickly called it a night, tired after a long day that had started in Napa and stretched to the Redwood forest.
Before we knew it, we were up with the sun and the sounds of the farm coming to life in the early morning light. The indoor/outdoor shower gave me flashbacks to a fantastic, rustic trip in Mexico from a few years ago and was the perfect, refreshing start to a day that was already beginning to heat up.
Ready for the day we stopped to admire our home for the night and then walked toward breakfast, enjoying our gorgeous, leafy surroundings.
Breakfast is served at The Big House and everything on offer was made and sourced directly on the farm. We grabbed the two Adirondack chairs on the deck and enjoyed our food al fresco in the morning sunshine.
After breakfast we grabbed the self-guided farm tour from our room and wandered off to see what was on offer.
We started at the self-serve farm stand…
before wandering down the hill to meet some friends in one of the fields…
Restrained ourselves from picking apples in the farm’s famous fields…
And then made our way back to the guest cottages. Each one with a distinctive front door.
And, of course, Red 🙂
It was a gorgeous morning to spend relaxing on a farm and just the thing to recharge our batteries.
The Apple Farm is a wonderfully unique place and as it is a fully operational working farm and family home guests are made to feel welcome but self-sufficient. It creates a comfort and calmness I’ve never really experienced at a hotel before which was refreshing!
A great halfway point between San Francisco and the Redwood Forest I’d highly recommend giving it a try if you’re in the area!
From The Apple Farm we headed south along Highway 1 back towards San Francisco admiring the strangely misty coastline.
G of the mist!
When we spotted these guys though we knew we had to pull over.
After an epic trek across the hot sandy beach we were awarded with stunning views of these rolly polly little guys and gals lazing the day away. So cute!
We walked back to the parking lot through the freezing water as it was cooling relief on our now-burned feet.
Continuing on with a few stops at lookout points we found a queit little town for lunch and I had possibly the best deli sandwich of my life. Made fresh in front of me (in a painstakingly slow process I can only assume contributed to the tastiness?) it was absolutely delicious and the second meal of the day enjoyed in the sun.
Oh how I love you, California coast!