The picturesque village of Mendocino (population 1,050), which juts out into the ocean, and its exocentric villagers drew me in and I couldn’t pull away. Some residents simply called it the “vortex”.
Unlike so many non-descript sprawling developments throughout the USA, Mendocino is very conscious of its unique identity, architecture and accepting culture. Members of this intimate community share a common love for beauty, peace and harmony.
Such a utopia is expensive, with cottages starting at one million dollars. Many who have been priced out of Mendocino and live on its fringes call it “Spendocino”.
The village revels in individual eccentricity and seems tolerant of newcomers. It has a small town friendliness with a cosmopolitan mentality. Many of the residents lived large lives in the big cities and have retired to Mendocino to live the sweet life.
I met some truly sweet and open people. Within a week I felt like a temporary resident with local friends. Some day I hope to return and become a villager again, if only for one day.
Next Stop – San Francisco