Driving up from San Francisco was a beautiful, if long and terrifying, roadtrip up the 101, cutting thru wine country and then a very winding road thru Redwood National Park, to finally hitting Highway 1 to Mendocino on the northern coast of California.
When I finally hit the Shoreline Drive/Highway 1, I nearly cried from a combination of exhaustion and the site of that breathtaking view. Seeing in person the familiar coastline from the shots on the tv series that I had seen so many times was almost too much.
Only nine Murder, She Wrote episodes where filmed in Mendocino, but throughout the entire run, Mendocino exterior shots were used in a number of episodes which were set in "Cabot Cove."
Mendocino itself seemed a nice small town. There was lots of shopping to do on the main street, especially art and craft shops. I luncheoned on a bowl of clam chowder, which seemed like a Maine thing to do. The pièce de résistance was seeing "Jessica's" house. It's now a bed and breakfast called Blair House. Had I known that the drive would be so trying, I would have planned to stay overnight here - one of the suites is named "Angela’s Suite" (however, interors of the house were not used in filming). The harbor scenes on Murder, She Wrote were filmed in Fort Bragg, just about 10 miles north of Mendocino, so I checked out that area too.
Aside from some postcards of "Jessica's" house, I didn't see any Murder, She Wrote memorabilia. In the cafe in which I luncheoned, there were movie posters of all the films that Mendocino has served as location, notably Same Time Next Year, East of Eden, Racing with the Moon, Overboard, among others.
It was a long day, but worth the adventure of seeing the location of my favorite tv series from the time I was a teenager.