If you pronounce the "G" in Gualala people will know you are a visitor! Say "wa la' la"...from the Pomo Indian name for seaside village: qwa'la-oli. It means "water coming down place."
Like most North Coast towns, this was once a logging community. The last mill closed in the 1960s, clearing the way for its rebirth as a tourist mecca.
Gualala is the southernmost town in Mendocino County. Here the Gualala River joins the Pacific in a broad estuary alive with sea life and forest creatures. A variety of shops, restaurants, picturesque inns, and the new Center for the Arts welcome travelers year 'round.