I've decided that I love the Northern California coast even more in the Winter than the Summer. Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Westport...the coolest little towns. Driving 128 through Anderson Valley, even in a storm is pretty breathtaking.
We stayed at this place that I highly recommend if you like janky hippy shit. Howard Creek Ranch. It's hard to capture the ramshackle charm in pictures.
There's a bouncy footbridge over Howard Creek with Christmas lights on it.It's right by a beautiful black pebble beach. The waves were nuts in the storm.
Here's the back. It's two huge houses built in the 1800s. With some separate cabins. Check it out if that sounds like something you'd like. It ain't the Hilton.
BAR wrote a review of a place that sounds really good. That's so awesome that they have mutton. I'll wait until the hype dies down, though.