We recently took a few days off (gasp) and traveled an hour north of Fort Bragg, to the Lost Coast. This area is called the Lost Coast because when they built Highway 1, it was so rugged that they decided to take the road inland. This left an entire area next to the ocean with no major highways, only small, paved and unpaved roads. Given that this is exactly our speed and there was a good chance to take the jeeps out and drive some remote roads and do some camping, we did exactly that.
My overall impression of the area: gorgeous, sparsely populated, and likely just as full of marijuana as rumor has it. The beaches were beautiful and deserted, which was my favorite part. I'd love to hike some part of the Lost Coast trail in the future.