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Mendo Insider Tours is a locally owned business that specializes in small group expeditions to the most interesting cultural and natural destinations of Mendocino County.  Our tours go past where a typical visitor would go, and explore the most exciting locations the area has to offer.  As a company, we are dedicated to responsible tourism with minimal environmental impact.

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David Lipkind, the owner and tour coordinator, has enjoyed the coastal life of Mendocino since the 80’s.  David was originally from Boston, but Mendocino’s natural beauty and happy, free spirited people drew him here.

“I’ve done a fair amount of traveling myself, and to me, the memorable experiences are the ones where I connected with people in the community and got beyond the “Main Street” experience.”  David first considered starting his own tour company after he returned from a trip to Paracho, Mexico where he bought a custom Cuban Tres guitar.  “The personal experience of drinking cafe con leche with the guitar maker and his family and seeing the workshop was a standout moment in my travels.”

When David returned from Paracho, he saw Mendocino not only as his home of 20 years, but also as a place for other travellers to find beauty in its local art and natural beauty.  “I started to think about how I could help local travelers share the kind of experience I had in Mexico.  While Mendocino village is beautiful and a place everyone should come and see, there is more to the coast, and we help people find that unique experience.”

HAPPY TRAILS!

 

PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES FOR THOSE RESIDING OUT OF TOWN
For those staying outside of Mendocino or Fort Bragg,
learn about our standard pick up locations
LOCATIONS

We offer door to door pickup for all residences within the downtown village of Mendocino and the downtown area of Fort Bragg. If you are staying outside these areas, the pickup location are as follows:

In Fort Bragg: In front of the Fort Bragg Skunk Train Depot-100 W. Laurel Street
In Mendocino: In front of the Old Mendocino Beacon Building, 45066 Ukiah Street
TIMES FOR ALL LOCATIONS

Artist ,Wine and Chocolate Tour/ 12:30-12:45 pm
Lost Coast Eco Tour/ 10:45-11:00 am
Morning Birding Tour/ 7:30-8:00 am
Edible Wild Mushroom Tour/ 10:00 am
Mendocino Mystery Tour/10:00 am

 

TOURS

 

MENDOCINO MYSTERY TOUR

Travel 200 years in 2 hours as we delve into the unique past of the village of Mendocino. Knowledgeable local guides will keep you entertained as they take you on a journey through time , exploring the hidden secrets & history of the village. Logging booms, brothels, artist beatniks and movie stars. Get the whole lowdown from the guides in the know.

Our comfortable mini-bus tour includes an exclusive on-board slideshow of rare historical Mendocino photographs, munchies and good cheer. Year-Round

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Offered- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

10 am-12:15

Price: $50/kids $25

Pick-up and Drop-Off

Half day full coastal history tour including picnic lunch available on request.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Mendocino has twin houses? Go to the ever popular Frankie’s Ice Cream Parlor at 44951 Ukiah St. and look across the street to the north. You’ll see two picture perfect tiny houses making a pair.

Nearly 100 years ago Mendocino had a racetrack? It was a half mile oval track on the north side of Little Lake Road as it turns north to become Heeser Drive out on the Mendocino Headlands. Both horses and autos were raced there.

The statue of Father Time & the Maiden on top of the Masonic Hall was carved from one single log by one man? It was!

The village of Mendocino has no water system? It has a community waste treatment system but every property pumps water from their own well. That’s why you see so many water towers and tanks…

You’ll discover these and many other interesting factoids

ON THE MENDOCINO MYSTERY TOUR

 

ART, WINE AND CHOCOLATE TOUR

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Visit the Home Studios of renowned Mendocino Artists!

A natural mecca for creative personalities, coastal Mendocino is home to diverse and highly talented artists. The rugged beauty of the coast and the isolation of the community have drawn jewelry makers, sculptors, fine woodworkers, painters, potters, weavers, luthiers (guitar makers) for over 50 years.  Their work can be seen throughout the galleries in Mendocino Village, but only Mendo Insider Tours takes you to the heart of creativity as we explore the personal home studios of these artistically talented individuals.

EXCLUSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS & SPECIAL VISITS

Mendo Insider Tours will take you with a small group of individuals for a four hour tour to home studios and workshops of renown local artists along the Mendocino Coast.

Along our journey we will enjoy scenic vistas ~Sip wines on-board from local award winning and up-and-coming Mendocino County wineries and indulge in fine local artisan made chocolate.

Artists will offer demonstrations of their creative process, and you will learn the secrets behind their unique works of art.  You may even get the chance to sit down at a potter’s wheel yourself!

 

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Pick-Up times are 12:30-12:45 pm

Return time is approximately 4:30 pm

Price: $99

Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday ,Monday

Our tour begins with pickup by the Mendo Insider Tours Van at your Mendocino or Fort Bragg location* or one of our two convenient meeting spots. To ensure a relaxed and intimate visit, we limit our tours to 8 people. Each artist will be offering assorted beverages and snacks throughout the tour. Exact artists for the tour are determined by availability. If you are interested in visiting specific artists please call for details.

In the event that you choose to purchase a work of art, our artists are happy to take care of the shipping details. All of our artists are able to accept either cash or checks, credit cards, or paypal.

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On the way to each studio you will be treated to a video presentation designed by each artist, containing different works past and present, their favorite music background, and a bio-narrative.

* Pick-ups are limited to locations in the Village of Mendocino and within the City of Fort Bragg.

 

THE LOST COAST ECO TOUR

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AN ECO EXCURSION TO THE SINKYONE WILDERNESS

BACKDROP

T he rugged wilderness that once characterized the entire Mendocino Coast can still be explored and enjoyed in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Since there are no main highways near the coast in this vicinity, the area has come to be called the “Lost Coast.”

Join us as we literally get off the beaten path and venture into one of the few coastal wilderness areas in the United States. We will explore spectacular coastal habitats and climb ridges to experience captivating panoramic views. This moderate hike is perfect for the adult couple or group looking to experience the real California Coast.

 

A PATH LESS TRAVELED

Offered May-October

Pick-up times are 10:45-11:00 am

Return time is approximately 5:00 pm

Price: $99/ kids$49/picnic lunch, treats, quality binoculars included

Offered 7 days a week

We begin with our complimentary pickup at your location in the City of Fort Bragg or Village of Mendocino*or our pickup spots before head north through the story book town of Westport, all the while meandering along the rugged coastline. The adventure begins as we ascend the steep climb up the un-paved road that take us to the southern heart of the Sinkyone Wilderness. We then make a dramatic descent to the Usal beach and campground area where we find the wooded trailhead. Here we set out on foot and begin our hike into truly a wild region where you will enjoy the views with our supplied binoculars.

Home to a wide variety of wildflowers, mushrooms and wildlife, your expert local guide Evan is there to identify the flora and faunaMendoInsiderPic12 along the trail.

We then begin our descent back to the Usal beach area, where we have your individualized picnic lunch waiting for you. Here you can just relax, or do tide-pool exploration, and grab a few pics of the resident Roosevelt elk that hang out by the beach.

Time to load back up and retrace our journey back to civilization, where we leave you with a  refreshed outlook on our wondrous planet.

 

NITTY GRITTY

This five to six hour tour is weather dependent as the road is not navigable after heavy rains when muddy. Please note that this is a WILDERNESS tour that will involve a 1.5 hour scenic but windy drive each way and 2 hours of moderate hiking. We require our guests use appropriate footwear for this hike (tennis shoes, hiking books, or other outdoor shoes).  We also recommend wearing layers of clothing as the weather is unpredictable, a small day pack is helpful and don’t forget the camera. There are insects and poison oak in the area so we encourage you to take appropriate precautions in your dress and use of repellant. If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

*Door to door pick-ups are limited to locations in the Village of Mendocino and within the City of Fort Bragg.

 

KID FRIENDLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING TOUR

Our morning kid friendly Bird Watching Safari on the Mendocino Coast!

The most common wildlife along the Mendocino Coast are the over 100 species of birds, which are an amazing aspect of life on our dramatic and amazing coast.  Join our local “bird nerd” guides as we explore their habitats and get you into our avian world.  This family and kid friendly tour is a great activity for kids, young and old alike.  This 3 hour tour takes you on a learning journey with fun activities and plenty of exciting facts.  This is a great introduction to birding and a wonderful opportunity to not not just enjoy, but to learn about nature and our incredible coastlands.

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Pick-up times are 7:45-8:00 am

Return time is approximately 11:00 am

Price: Adults- $50/Kids 12 and under- $25- Quality binoculars provided

Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday only

Our tour begins with pickup by the Mendo Insider Tours Van at your Mendocino or Fort Bragg residence* or one of our two convenient meeting spots.

Gently hiking through our local scenic birding spots with one of our bird nerd guides and supplied binoculars for easy identification is both fun and educational for youngsters and adults alike.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm layers of clothes for weather changes.

We hope by bringing kids and adults together to enjoy, learn about and protect birds and nature, you will return home with a more appreciative and knowledgeable perspective of the birds in your area.

* Pick-ups are limited to locations in the Village of Mendocino and within the City of Fort Bragg

 

MENDOCINO EDIBLE WILD MUSHROOM TOUR

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MUSHROOMS!

Too much rain can literally dampen a lot of outdoor fun, but it does have one major side benefit: mushrooms sprouting everywhere! Here in Mendocino, where most of us like to cook and eat almost as much as we like to play outdoors, hunting edible wild mushrooms is one of our favorite excuses for getting outdoors and having fun.

On this tour, you will head out to our lush woods with our expert guide  to our favorite “shrooming” spots, where you will learn to discern some relatively easily identifiable edible mushrooms and some notoriously dangerous ones, habitat identification and seasonal preferences to find certain species. Both fun and educational, this tour is geared to give you an introductory course in finding your way around the mushroom world.

 

• Pick-Up times are 9:00 am at these locations*

• Return time is approximately 11:30 am

• Price: $50/Kids $25

• Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (October-March)

 

*LOCATIONS

We offer door to door pickup for all residences within the downtown village of Mendocino and the downtown area of Fort Bragg. If you are staying outside these areas, the pickup location are as follows:

In Fort Bragg: In front of the Fort Bragg Skunk Train Depot-100 W. Laurel Street

In Mendocino: In front of the Old Mendocino Beacon Building, 45066 Ukiah Street

 

PRIVATE TOURS,WEDDING SHUTTLES AND MORE ON THE MENDOCINO COAST

LET YOUR IMAGINATION BE YOUR GUIDE

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A private tour on the Mendocino Coast is a great excuse for a day out with friends! Ideal for work parties, social groups, “girl’s night out”, family celebrations, Wine Tours – or just a group of friends wanting a fun day. Mendo Insider will custom design a private tour that will fulfill the different interests you choose. We have our fingers on the pulse of the “happenings” here in our area. Take a ride on a Sonoma Valley wine train or there are small and large regional music festivals, wine fests and other local events we can include in your itineraries.

We encourage you to contact us so that we can determine your exact needs and create the perfect transportation and/or tour package for you and your group, insuring total satisfaction from the planning stages to right through the completion of the tour.

 

We are also available for general shuttle transportation needs such as:

  • Sporting events
  • Wedding Transportation
  • Backpacking Trail-Head Transport
  • Wine Tours
  • Reunions
  • Airport Transfer
  • Church and School Trips
  • Casino turnarounds
  • Handicap transport

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