When you fly into Albuquerque New Mexico and rent a car, they give you a map of Santa Fe, because that's where everybody wants to go. Same with Fort Bragg- most folks would rather be in Mendocino. However, Fort Bragg has its charms, and this house is one of them. It's right next to the Skunk Train and the Guest House Museum, a great way to spend an afternoon; and just a few blocks from the Glass Beach, which is a must if you have little kids.
The house itself is a treat, with old woodwork and tin ceilings. I got a kick out of the ancient elephant head shaped toilet on the second floor landing, complete with wooden tank on the wall and a chain to pull. (Your idea of entertainment may differ.) There's a tower you can climb for a nice view of town, and in the yard below you can visit with the half dozen chickens who kindly provide breakfast eggs.
The room we had was very roomy and comfortable, the staff were friendly, they have a very varied selection of books to pass an evening, and all things considered, we had a fine time there. Give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it.
- 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