I cannot think of a more gracious welcome than that received last week from Becky, former chef at Cafe Beaujolais, and Nan, wine steward at Roederer's. Most B&b's in Mendocino seem to follow the late morning breakfast hour and JD House is no exception. But guests can enter the dining room at 8, pour coffee or tea, and read the morning's paper. As an alternative, one can head to Moody's on Lansing for latte, cappuccino, or mocha. But back in the inn, real magic begins. We found some of the best fresh fruit served along with the legendary scones and perfect jam (not too sweet). Although some kind of egg dish is featured each day, three types of cereals are available.
We like the rooms facing Albion Street, accessed through a private parking area. These are more modern and have great views, especially those on the upper floor. A beautiful private garden separates the two buildings. As has been pointed out, both hosts dispense lots of suggestions. Although we always include a visit to Cafe Beaujolais with its upscale and expensive fare, we also like to balance this with more reasonable tabs. Mendocino Cafe is very popular with locals, but the service was too erratic for our tastes (heavy sauce given when light sauce requested). Next time we will try once again the bar menu at the McCallum House, with fine residential views and fresh produce.
I hope more guests will discover the pleasures of the JD House. Certainly the hosts are far more flexible and amenable than that of the Headlands Inn. I do wish, however, that prices could be a bit softer and that the owner check plumbing in bathtub. Otherwise, we'll done!
- Also Known As:
- John Dougherty House Hotel Mendocino
- John Dougherty House Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- oldest house in Mendocino ... more less