My girlfriend and I stayed here on Oct. 28th, 2011. Upon arrival, we had a beautiful view of the sunset from the Inn, which is blocks away from the beach. We were greeted by an elderly woman who was welcoming and happy to see us. The owner, her daughter, then showed us to our room, which was the Tuscany. It's a great deal for the price and location, and the room was set up very elegantly. Unfortunately, the fireplace wasn't working that night, but we didn't need it as the weather was perfect and weren't planning on staying in the room all night. We were offered cheese and crackers, as well as delicious wine, and they gave us a grand tour of the place.
The house was built in 1886, and has authentic victorian design all throughout. Upstairs there's a giant ballroom, which the owner later told us is used for Tango dancing events. It's open to occupants, where you can do anything from play your own music (sound system is provided) to doing yoga/meditation. Although it's historic, it's kept up very well. There's also a water tour behind the Inn, and is open to walk around and experience the beautiful view of the coast. An old steam train comes by the Inn in the later morning.
The Inn is also located a block away from North Coast Brewing Co., where they have the brewery (tours are available), a restaurant, and a gift shop all across the street from eachother. The Innkeepers also suggested we check out a great restaurant a few blocks down the main street, Mendo Bistro (vegetarian options available and delicious). They were very knowledgable and gave great advice.
The breakfast was amazing: fresh eggs from a hen located in the chicken coup by the water tower, homemade scones, delicious oatmeal with jams and marmalade made by the owner, toast, bagels, fresh coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. The owner told us she may not be able to provide this due to budgeting issues, so please come here to keep the breakfast coming!
Overall, it was a great experience, affordable especially given the location, comfy and welcoming. We will definitely come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 1886 inn with ballroom, library, breakfast room, water tower observation deck, and gardens. Featured in the New York Times and Sunset Magazine. Nine fine guest rooms, each with private bathrooms, sitting areas, down pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets. King or queen beds, two rooms have private Jacuzzis, 4 rooms have fireplaces. The water tower observation deck is the high point in town, great for whale watching and sunsets. Gardens with heritage and edible ornamentals have been organic since 2008. Breakfast (now served in the original dining room on the ground floor of the main house) features the freshest local and organic ingredients, including eggs from our own hens. The virgin redwood ballroom on the third floor of the main house is a unique and beautiful space, ideal for all sorts of gatherings. Weekly dances and occasional live music concerts put the extraordinary studio-quality acoustics to good use -- no artificial amplification necessary! Regular social Argentine Tango Weekends feature world-class instructors, and since 2009 the annual Dancing Fools' TangoFest takes place on the weekend closest to April 1st. ... more less