The Absolute Best New Year’s Eve in Mendocino

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It’s possible that you’ve spent many a New Year’s Eve with friends at a party or watching the ball drop in a busy city. If you’re looking for a different, more quiet celebration this year, a trip to beautiful Northern California is the perfect way to achieve that fun but intimate night you desire! You’ll enjoy delicious cuisine, picturesque sights, and a laid-back atmosphere that’s ideal for couples. This year, ring in 2016 your way when you spend New Year’s Eve in Mendocino!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Mendocino

Feel free to sit back, relax, and kiss last year goodbye with a much-needed getaway to the quiet town of Mendocino. Plus, when you stay at the Inns of Glendeven, your comfortable room will be just steps away from all of the best area attractions, should you choose to go out and explore. Here’s our itinerary for a wonderful New Year’s Eve in Mendocino.

In The Morning

Start your New Year’s Eve off the right way with a gourmet hot breakfast delivered right to your door in a picnic basket! You can cozy up together in the comfort of your room or enjoy the spread in the fresh California air on your sundeck. Our typical breakfast menu uses local ingredients and includes a farm-fresh egg dish, homemade baked goods, and seasonal fruit. You’ll also receive organic, fresh-squeezed juice and locally roasted coffee that will have you feeling energized, and ready to take on this special day.

In The Afternoon

For a once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve experience, grab your significant other and head out on a whale watching tour. A charter boat will take you on a romantic, breathtaking ride along the California Coast where you can admire the majestic California Gray Whale in its natural habitat. These gentle giants migrate south from Alaska in December and January, and since they swim very close to shore, you’ll have a 95% chance of spotting one! Afterward, come back to the inn and reminisce with some delicious afternoon tea and champagne.

The Eve of New Year’s Eve

If you’re in the area before the big night, feel free to attend the Eve of New Year’s Eve Gala on December 30th at 3 PM. The afternoon party includes a concert featuring 3 pairs of pianists and is followed by supper with seasonal food and wine at the Goodman’s home in Mendocino. It will be an elegant, relaxing way to celebrate the occasion.

New Year’s Eve Night

Enjoy a fabulous meal the night of New Year’s Eve with an exclusive tasting dinner at the MacCallum House! You can welcome 2016 with a wine-paired, gourmet meal and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight. Last year’s menu included exceptional dishes like Liberty Farm duck breast with black trumpet mushrooms, Niman Ranch filet mignon, and Pacific Rim oysters. When you’re finished, enjoy a scenic ten-minute drive back to the inn and clink glasses with us. Cheers!

Torrey Douglass