Adventures + Activities

Sunset over the beaches of Mar Vista

Star Bathing

When the sun goes down at Mar Vista, prepare yourself to see the night sky as you’ve never seen it before! Away from the city, the stars shine more brightly, commanding your attention. Join us for a nighttime journey, the sea crashing in the distance, to ponder what is beyond our own world. Self-guided, available whenever the sky is clear!

Man discussing Mar Vista's chickens

Chicken Chats and Egg Collection

Meet the hens who produce the farm-fresh eggs you enjoy in your cottage each morning—and even help us collect the eggs from these lovely ladies! You’ll learn some chicken trivia and feed them as well, so be sure to wear old boots! Perfect for all ages. Meet at the flower garden daily, 5 p.m. (4 p.m. during fall & winter months).  Backyard chicken keeping classes also available by appointment.

Forests of Mendocino

Forest Bathing

Studies have shown that simply spending time in the forest can have health benefits, and “forest bathing” is our way of helping guests both connect with nature and improve their lives. We can provide maps and lists of our favorite hiking paths, such as the private trail through redwoods to our meditation bench, where the trickling creek, the birds, and your breath are the only sounds you’ll hear. Self-guided; contact Mar Vista to arrange a guided forest meditation.

Feeding grass to Charlie the Rabbit

Meet Charlie the Bunny

Charlie is the reluctant Mar Vista star, a shy California Red-Eye. If you’re lucky, he’ll let you pet him, give him some grass to munch on, and maybe even pose for your selfie! Drop by anytime—or meet just before egg collecting for a more “formal” introduction.

 

Feed the Goats

Help us feed Willy, Wally, and Wiley, our Nubian triplets. They like hay and oats only, and maybe an occasional finger nibble! Typically around 3:30 daily.

Staff conducting a garden tour

Garden Classes/Tours

With 20+ gardens featuring veggies, herbs, fruits, and flowers, we know a bit about growing things—and our gardening experts can help you get the most out of your garden, too. Classes available by appointment.

Young women roasting marshmallows

S’mores by the Fire

Our s’mores kits make for a sensational evening, whether it’s with the kids or just the grown-ups! They include roasting sticks, chocolate, graham crackers, and (of course) marshmallows.

Outdoor yoga in nature

Yoga

Our yoga experiences are unique and powerful—fully immersing you in the Mar Vista mindset, where you can exhale, breathe deeply, and let the calm wash over you. Weekly complimentary Vinyasa-style classes take place on the Upper Deck, weather permitting; beginners are welcome. Bring your own mat, or borrow one of ours! Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at The Lookout; private and group sessions available by appointment.

Our onsite play cabin for children

Play Time

Near the lower pond and our two-bedroom cottages, kids have a special “cottage” all their own: a small playhouse known as “Cottage 13.” And there’s much more for younger guests, from meeting our bunnies and goats to checking out the tide-pools on the beach—after all, who doesn’t love seeing a starfish?

Mindful meditation beneath the arbor

Meditation in the Meadow

Get centered and focus on what really matters, staying present in the moment and relishing your surroundings. With the sounds of the waves serving as a pleasant backdrop, you’ll become one with nature—and feel a deeper connection to yourself. Locations for our weekly complimentary meditation include the forest, beach, and meadow. Guided meditation 9:30 a.m. Sundays; private and group sessions available by appointment. Self-guided meditation available anytime—we recommend early-morning hours for quiet and the best light.

Moments for Two

The only thing you’ll need for this activity is a sense of adventure—and a partner in crime! Cuddle up in one of our hammocks, slip into the soaking tub at sunset, or grab a glass and stroll hand in hand to the fire pit.

Mendocino Magic

The Mendocino coast offers a host of outdoor and cultural activities as well. Many state parks, beaches, and preserves are within a short drive of Mar Vista—including Shell Beach, the famous Bowling Ball Beach, and Manchester State Beach. Along Highway 1 both north and south of us, you’ll also find several local galleries and independent shops.

Young couple enjoys outdoor picnic
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