Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.
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Weekend escape to Gualala, Calif.

Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Willy, Wally and Wiley, the pet Nubian goats at Mar Vista Cottages, welcome guests.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Mar Vista Cottages at Anchor Bay overlooks the rugged Mendocino coastline. Guests stay in rustic cottages and help themselves to fresh-picked vegetables and fresh-laid eggs.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Owner Tom Dorn greets guests at Mar Vista Cottages at Anchor Bay. The rustic resort sprawls on a meadow backed by redwood trees on the Mendocino coast.

 (Paul Boorstin)
At Mar Vista Cottages, guests pick the resort’s fresh eggs and can cook them served with potatoes, h

At Mar Vista Cottages, guests pick the resort’s fresh eggs and can cook them served with potatoes, herbs, edible nasturtiums and strawberries gathered from the resort’s garden.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

The beds at Mar Vista Cottages are outfitted with soft flannel sheets and duvets that are line-dried over a bed of lavender.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Roya Arasteh, one of the gardeners at Mar Vista Cottages, tends the produce, herbs and flowers in the garden. Guests are welcome to help themselves and prepare meals in their cottages.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Young guests help Mar Vista Cottages owner Tom Dorn gather fresh eggs. Guests are welcome to cook the eggs for breakfast the next morning.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Young guests help Mar Vista Cottages owner Tom Dorn gather fresh eggs.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Margaret Lindgren, owner/guide of Unbeaten Tours, points out the dramatic “sea stacks” at the Point Arena-Stornetta lands, part of the protected California Coastal National Monument. The rock formations are a crucial habitat for marine wildlife.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

The coastline is rugged at Point Arena.

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Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

Anchor Bay, one of the few swimmable beaches on the Mendocino coast, is just across Highway 1 from Mar Vista Cottages. Guests have access via a 125-step stairway.

 (Paul Boorstin)
Quick getaway to Gualala, Calif.

At B Bryan Preserve, a conservation center for African animals on the Mendocino coast, a visitor offers a slice of yam held between her teeth to a giraffe. The result is a soft “giraffe kiss.”

 (Paul Boorstin)
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