The mid coast region of Mendocino is a land of scenic splendor. Coastal mountains lunge toward lush meadows which end at high coastal bluffs. The scenic turnouts here offer captivating views of offshore rock formations. Highway One is a ribbon of black through this land which seasoned travelers have called some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
The roadsides near Manchester are lined with huge callas in spring, and in summer are decorated with wild carrot and radish flowers. Stately cypress trees punctuate the landscape and frame postcard vistas. In winter huge flocks of whistling (tundra) swans nest in the coastal wetlands north of Point Arena Lighthouse.
The Highway also serves as Point Arena's "Main Street" with shops, inns, restaurants, and a theater. The small port 1/2 mile from Highway One features oceanside dining and first class accommodations at the Wharf Master's Inn, where everything old is new again.
Further north, the community of Irish Beach, located five miles south of Elk, is set in a breathtaking sweep of coastline. This oceanfront subdivision of homes is a favorite spot of vacationers who want to get "away from it all."