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Mendocino Famous Film Spots

In Mendocino, things to do generally revolve around movies. The quaint little coastal town has been a favorite Hollywood film spot since the silent film era of the early 1900's. Since movies went to sound, it has retained its charm and appeal as the backdrop of film and television, morphing into the necessary towns - sometimes even portraying the east coast - for the likes of East of Eden, Murder She Wrote, Forever Young and many other iconic films. So when you book your Mendocino Bed and Breakfast vacation, be sure to look up these famous film locations.

Mendocino Community Library
10591 William Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5773

If you start at the corner of Main and Kasten, you can follow the footsteps of James Dean up Kasten Street, turning left at Albion Street and then right at Woodward Street. When you get to Little Lake Street, turn right and you'll come to what is now the Community Library at the corner of Little Lake and William Streets. The building is accented with large white pillars that were put in place during filming, to create a proper atmosphere for the bordello that the building was meant to house. When you've retraced the route, we recommend that true lovers of James Dean check into the Little River Inn, where the famous actor stayed during filming.

Ford House Museum
735 Main Street, PO Box 1387
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5397

The Ford House Museum was frequently shown on the popular television series, Murder She Wrote. Incidentally, it was also used as the sheriff's office in The Killing Time, a 1987 film. Today you can tour the museum between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get a feel for Mendocino's colorful history.

Blair House Inn
45110 Little Lake Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-1800

Fan of Angela Lansbury, and "Murder She Wrote", will want to check into Blair House Inn when booking a Mendocino Bed and Breakfast retreat. The beautiful Victorian inn was portrayed as Jessica Fletcher's home in several episodes, usually with the super sleuth doing a bit of gardening. Her bicycle is still on location, and the VIP suite has been dubbed Angela's Suite.

Point Arena Lighthouse
Lighthouse Road, PO Box 11
Point Arena, CA 95468
(707) 882-2777

The 1992 film Forever Young, starring Mel Gibson, was partially filmed in Mendocino County. One particular backdrop that fans will remember is the Point Arena Lighthouse. The famous scene depicts Gibson getting into a plane with the lighthouse in the background, then flying out over Mendocino. Today the lighthouse is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. in the winter) for tours through the actual lighthouse and its museum. There's also a gift shop on location where you can purchase souvenirs of your trip to Mendocino County. You'll have to take a bit of a drive to reach the lighthouse from your Mendocino Inn, but the views are spectacular and the fresh air will have you sleeping soundly upon your return.