When my wife and the wife of a friend booked the Albion River Inn as the mid-portion of our California trip I was thrilled. We started at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena (wonderful!!), and wound our way North with plans to head back through Sonoma. The brochure was great even though it seemed odd that you had to pre-pay in full. We checked into the cute cottages and looked out upon a spectacular view. Then we found out why they provided complimentary ear plugs in the bedside basket. There was a deafening foghorn that went off every 20 seconds, day and night. You could not even sit comfortably on the porch. This was nowhere near the peaceful, tranquil romantic spot I imagined.
Nonetheless we had reservations made six months prior at the award winning restaurant (we love good food and fine wine). When we arrived if they had sat us any closer to the kitchen we could have made our own salads. I guess everyone else had reservations for more than six months. We were actually doing Ok until about 3 hours later when my wife received the wrath of the cream-based soup she had with dinner (only she had the soup). Food poisoning raised its ugly head and lowered hers as she slept on the cool tile floor of the bathroom and tried to block out the deafening fog horn.
She did survive but barely as we tried to make the trip down winding route 1 the next day. My traveling friend and myself are both physicians so I think we know food poisoning when we see it. I explained the situation to the desk clerk who simply didn't give a ----! I guess he thought we were trying to get the bill marked down.
We just returned from a truly wonderful week in St. Helena again at the beautiful Harvest Inn. We love returning to places that make us feel welcome. Never ever ever ever will we set foot in the Albion River Inn again. God help those who venture into Foghorn Hell!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albion River Inn's spectacular ocean front lodging and dining create the ambiance for a romantic and relaxing vacation on the Mendocino Coast. Our well appointed Guest rooms and Cottages feature dramatic ocean views with many amenities for your comfort. Located on the ocean, minutes from the historic village of Mendocino, Anderson Valley Wine Country, golf, tennis, State Parks, and beaches. The acclaimed restaurant and bar are open nightly for dinner. The restaurant lawn terrace is the picture perfect setting for small Weddings and Receptions, while Cooking Classes and Culinary Events make us your ideal destination getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Albion River Hotel Albion