During our stay at the Brewery Gulch Inn, we visited with Executive Chef Peg Davis. She said that BGI strives for an overall feel that is "relaxed and refined." She nails it. This is not a traditional bed and breakfast, and it's not a hotel. It is what we found to be a unique place that offers comfort, excellent food, and serenity. We stayed in the Heron Room, which was perfect for two people. We had a great view of Smuggler's Cove below and the Pacific in the distance. The Inn provides two meals for the price of the room. The breakfast menu is varied, ranging from a yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and granola to a full breakfast that includes eggs, the Inn's special "millionaire's bacon," potatoes and toast. Specials included waffles with fresh fruit and a caramel glaze and pancakes. The coffee, BGI's special blend of the local Thanksgiving Coffee, is terrific. The "light buffet" is served between 5:30 and 6:30. It generally included one, maybe two, entrees and four or five side dishes, along with bread, dessert and wine or a non-alcoholic drink. One evening we had that hearty beef and potatoes dish with the fancy French name; the beef was amazingly tender. I called it a "lumberjack" meal. Meals are held in what I would call a "great room" on the first floor of the building. It looks out over the cove. You can step outside on the patio and drink your wine or coffee or BlueSky cola and just live in the moment. Manager Steven Smith and his staff are among the friendliest, most good-natured people we've ever met. If you need reservations for just about anything -- a fishing trip, dinner, horseback riding -- they can take care of it in a flash. I had modest concerns about the fact that the Inn is not located in Mendocino proper, but it's not an issue. the town is a five-minute drive from the hotel and the route is scenic. In addition, the town fathers and mothers have the most generous and sensible parking regulations I've ever encountered. You can park just about anywhere. We were there the weekend the Mendocino Music Festival opened. That evening, we had dinner reservations for 8 p.m. at the Cafe Beaujolais. I was able to park within one minute's walk of the restaurant. I highly recommend the Brewery Gulch Inn. We were there to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We're not waiting for our 50th to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on a bluff top on the east side of Highway 1, our contemporary Arts & Crafts-style inn commands sweeping views of Smuggler's Cove and the Pacific Ocean. Built of eco-salvaged redwood pulled from the nearby Big River in 2001 and updated in 2008/2009, Brewery Gulch features 10 ocean-view rooms with decks, gas fireplaces, DVD-equipped flat-panel televisions, and iPod docks. Included with each guest's stay are cooked-to-order breakfasts and a sumptuous buffet dinner featuring area wines and local craft beers, all prepared by the Inn's acclaimed in-house chef. Come see why TripAdvisor ranked the Brewery Gulch Inn as one of the "Top 10 Bed and Breakfasts and Inns To-Die-For" worldwide in 2011. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brewery Gulch Hotel Mendocino