Help Preserve the Mendocino Headlands!

The Mendocino Hotel Launches Mendocino Headlands Campaign with California State Parks
Mendocino, California   January 19, 2009

The Mendocino Hotel has entered into an agreement with the California State Parks which offers an opportunity for guests to make a voluntary donation to help improve Mendocino Headlands State Park. For participating guests, a percentage of the Hotel’s room rate will added to the guest’s bill. The Hotel is the first in the village to launch what we hope will be a widely supported fundraising campaign. The funds collected will be used to carry out needed repairs and maintenance and to restore the Historic Ford House, built for Mendocino’s acknowledged founder in 1854, and a state park visitor center since 1984. The visitor center, which serves 25,000 annually, needs a new roof, paint, and foundation repair. The parklands are in dire need of trail improvements and vegetation management. The donations will be managed and kept in trust by the Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA), a local non-profit, which has been supporting local State Park educational programs since 1984. Loews San Diego entered into a similar agreement with State Parks to maintain Silver Strand State Beach which has met with great success.

The Mendocino Hotel established in 1878 is the only full service hotel in the heart of the historic village directly overlooking the Headlands and the Pacific Ocean. The Hotel features 51 ocean and garden view suites with fine antiques and works of art, an award-winning wine list and a restaurant which ZAGAT Survey recommends as “A California Menu Right on the Mark”.

CONTACTS:
Mendocino Hotel, Jamie Buckner, jbuckner@mcn.org 707 937 369-6629
Ford House Manager - Jenny Heckeroth, 707 539-7937

Here is a podcast by Doug McConnell (from OpenRoad.tv), in association with the California State Parks.

Every Saturday from June 11—September 5 at 10 am • Interpretive Talk: “Dog Holes to Donkey Engines”, or Why is Mendocino Here? If you would like to find out more about the town of Mendocino and Mendocino Headlands State Park, then come to the free slide show by Fred Andrews, CA State Parks Interpreter, about the history of the logging industry on the North Coast, and its role in the development of the area. The presentation is in the Mendocino Hotel Media Center on Albion Street, just across the street from the big water tower. The talk is followed by an optional walk on the Mendocino Headlands. The talks will not be held on July 4 or July 18.