The name of our cottage is inspired by the shire in Tolkien's books. It seems to us that Mendota is much like that mystical place: lush, green, hilly, pastoral with a small river meandering through, a place to make memories and relax. We are near many places for outdoor recreation. Bring your bikes. You can ride a small trail, here in Mendota, or the Creeper Trail is 25 minutes away. Mendota has It's own Adventure Mendota, a place to get in the river for fun. Hiking available too . Come and see.