Caspar, California's Coastside Heritage


I’m as guilty as the next person. How many times had I visited the village of Mendocino and the coast nearby, and how many times had I driven by the arrow on Highway 1 pointing towards Caspar? Dozens of times, at least. Well, finally, I pulled in to check it out and, of course, I’m glad I did.

At first blush, Caspar is not much of a town, but it does have a lively inn, a restored lighthouse, superb coastal vistas and a deserved reputation for high-spirited independence and a strong commitment to a communal dream. Caspar is, for the most part, a “no shopping zone.” There’s plenty of that a little to the south in the village of Mendocino and a few miles north in the town of Fort Bragg. I’m not much of a shopper anyway, so I enjoyed soaking up the history, the views, and the music of Caspar and urge you to do the same sometime. Don’t wait as long as I did.


Since we visited Caspar, the inn has been taken over by new management. The ghost is still around, apparently, and so is the great music. Check out the inn’s website to see who’s playing when. Meanwhile, Rusty the dog remains in charge of the Point Cabrillo Light Station every Saturday. The head keeper’s residence has been restored and is now a bed and breakfast. Sounds like a rare and wonderful place to spend the night.


Visit a little town on California's Mendocino coast that is lost in the shadows of a famous neighbor. The Casparadoes like it that way.
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