My favorite small town in California was Mendocino. It was so charming and built on the most magnificent rocky, jagged headlands with the Pacific Ocean crashing relentlessly. I really enjoyed the Mendocino Botanical Gardens which also backs onto the Pacific. The dahlias were in full bloom and stunning! We also met the very sweet and mellow Stanley, the garden cat. He was a stray the garden staff fed and he decided to move in. To see my favorite photos of California, please visit my website, wavetailart.com.