We have been coming here for ten years. This is a fabulous place! We absolutely love it. Unlike many B&Bs, the Grey Whale Inn resists a single defining image. This B&B was built as a hospital in 1915 -- hence the wide hallways and large guest rooms. Each room is unique and spacious. We love the game room with a pool table and foosball which I played endlessly with my daughter. Just eight miles north of artsy Mendocino, with its Victorian picture-postcard village full of galleries and trendy restaurants the Grey Whale is a welcome reprieve from the sugar coated kitschy ambience of Mendocino. We had breakfast in the beautiful Craftsman-style breakfast room (built by the owner Michael Dawson) discussing food and art with the other guests in the Inn, many of whom are students at the Living Light Culinary Institute. In addition, the inn features many artists whose works include handmade paper, photography, painting, print, ceramics (the owner is a ceramic artist) and more. On your walk trough the inn and the exquisite garden you will find many interesting art pieces that are among the finest anywhere. I saw beautiful woodcuts by Donna Fenstermaker, an artist from Oakland, the finest hand blown glass by glass artist Eric Eiserling, and photographs by the late Hugo Steccati, one of the most important architectural photographers to document modern Bay Area history. We will return.
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