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Planning trip from Santa Rosa up Mendocino Coast. Any charging suggestions?


Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Hi All,

I'm planning a holiday road trip from Santa Rosa up to Crescent City, via the Mendocino Coast. Charging options look very scarce. We were hoping to do either cheap B&Bs or AirBnB. There are options at some pretty nice looking hotels. But I really want to avoid the 200+ charge per night for the destination chargers plus room (you can see my priorities!). But I can only find a very few public charge points, like maybe 5. Has anybody done this? I would be very grateful for suggestions on locations, charger reliability and and any crowding issues.

Many thanks!


Jan 23, 2013
Sonoma, California
This is somewhat of a problem because there are not many places to plug in, of course some B&B's have level 2 chargers like the Stanford Inn in Mendo. I would also like to take a trip up that way but not much in the way of chargers happening.
Mar 11, 2010
Humboldt/Los Altos
I stayed in Mendo to check out one of the B& B chargers. nice place but ~$200 with awesome breakfast & beautiful gardens! I think the north coast brewery has a 14-50. pretty sure Boonville - Anderson valley brewing has one too on hwy128
Are you planning on staying in Mendocino/Fort Bragg for a night? I'd stop at Benbow and charge if you're not or even if you are and want to get to C.C.
The charger in Eureka at Caltrans is only 30A, but free & Costco is really close( & the least crowded one in CA that I've been to)
chargepoints around here are pretty reliable and probably less than 50% utilization.
In Arcata there is a 14-50 where the chargepoint is (2345 is the lock code)
I think there is a good 14-50 in Trinidad too.
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Jan 1, 2015
Arroyo Grande Ca
The Sea Ranch lodge has a few HPWC's just out in the open area of their parking lot. Maybe a stop for lunch and a hike will give you some flexibility. It's a spot that you can easily spend two hours at before getting back on the road.


Mar 21, 2015
San Mateo, CA
I've done this route, but you're right, with no SC in Eureka, this gets a little difficult, especially on the coastal route. I hear you on the preference to stay in affordable places, but if you're willing to be spendy, I've stayed at both of these with HPWCs and it was an amazing experience.

Sea Rock Inn, Mendocino - amazing views, great service, free breakfast. Rooms are super cute with fireplaces. $$$$
Victorian Inn, Ferndale - cute town and hotel, like you've stepped back 100 years in time. Quite cheap.

- K


Fan of Elon
Jul 8, 2012
San Diego
About a 300 mile trip, right? Charge full before leaving (that is 255 miles for me), find a place along the way to get about 60-80 miles of a makeup charge (maybe one of those 5 places you mentioned), arrive near empty, and then stay at a place that has charging facilities to get back to full again for the next day or when you leave...

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