I wanted something extraordinary for my husband's 65th birthday surprise. When I found The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek on Trip Advisor and saw I could include our golden retriever Sunny in the "party" (thanks to their "dog friendly" policy) I thought I may have hit on something special. I had NO IDEA just how wonderful our three days would be thanks to owners Sandy and Kevin and their special A+ customer service oriented staff.
The views of the ruggedly beautiful Mendocino coastline from the deck of our private unit "Shangra La" were nothing short of breathtaking. The Adirondack lounge chairs were perfect for relaxing in the warm sunlight listening to the sounds of the surf. The unit has a spacious kitchen which we used for snacks and dinner one night but the incredible breakfasts offered at Circa 62 (the restaurant at the Inn) were so spectacular you mustn't pass them up! We even received a significant "guest discount" for each day we had breakfast...unexpected but much appreciated!
The bed was so cozy it was hard to get up every morning especially after taking a hot tub the night before in our private hot tub which overlooks the cove below. The Inn has a spa on the main property in a very cool "yurt" with a hot tub and sauna that is available to guests 24/7 ,a BBQ, a fire pit (they even have s'mores available for the camp fire!) and an incredible 9 acres of open space for pets and people to explore. The Inn is 20 minutes from Fort Bragg (beautiful botanical gardens as well as the "don't miss" Glass Beach) and 5 minutes from downtown Mendocino. However what really makes this Inn special is the beautiful location of Little River itself. It is private, quiet, romantic and has the benefit of being nestled up against the forest as well as having a beach a mere 150 yards from the front door..Sunny loved that! They offer dogs beds, blankets, home made doggie treats and complimentary doggie pick up bags!
What made the celebration perfect? We opened the door to find balloons inside the room along with a handwritten welcome card. Inside the refrigerator there was a spectacular basket filled with local cheeses,crackers, Mendocino chocolates, fruit and champagne we had ordered for our birthday celebration. The chef graciously included a delicious birthday cake complete with candles! We had arranged a "couples" massage at the yurt the next day and the masseuses were experts...we could barely talk we were so relaxed after that hour of bliss!
We are already making plans for our return...this place is a jewel not just a gem!
Kate and Tom
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek on the Mendocino Coast provides a unique experience on the Northern California Coast with cottages and rooms spread out over 9 acres of lush gardens, meadows and forested land as well as our cliffside cottages with amazing white water ocean views.Come escape to the coast and discover our distinctive Inn’s cottages and rooms offering all the amenities you are looking for to relax, unwind and get away from it all--ocean views, fireplaces, cliffside cottages, hot tubs, Jacuzzi tubs, bountiful breakfasts, spa services and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Schoolhouse Creek Hotel Little River