I am all over the world and have seen it all. Historic house reminds me of the old homes I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts so don't expect the Dubai Crowne Plaza. And if you have ever been to Europe their hotel rooms are much smaller than American over the top rooms, so don't expect big rooms in an historic house. Stayed two nights in the Historic House, Captain's Quarters, small rooms, but super comfy and the restoration work by the owners show how much they love the house. Loved the fact that in the early evening we could come downstairs and sit by the fireplace in the living room and help ourselves to hot cocoa or tea. The last night we spent in the Boathouse, "Sail Away" room which faces the Salinas River, the marshes and the dunes and all I can say is WOW, what an amazing view of the birds and wildlife. My hats off to Yahn, the owner, as each room is so uniquely decorated with the hulls of boats use for the beds and a bathtub right next to one of the front windows so you can literally soak it all in. Also a sense of humor, as there was a toy catamaran in the tub! Yes, it's a little pricey, but I find California, especially in this whole area very expensive anyway. For a getaway and being able to walk out the door and have a great meal at Haute Enchilada or Moss's Landing Cafe and take a walk on the beach without having to drive was worth its weight in gold.
Yes, there are some house rules, about keeping the front door locked in the Historic Inn, which faces the street, and going in and out of the back door, but for safety I can certainly understand it, being a home owner. Captain's Inn has this great little observation deck next to the Boathouse and marshes which is fantastic for taking photos, especially at sunset.
Breakfast is indeed served between 8:30am-9:30am, but you can help yourself to coffee and tea early in the morning. We were there for three nights and each morning, Donna, the innkeeper, served us a great breakfast. She even packed us a "to go" breakfast brown bag for our drive back up to catch our flight out of the San Francisco airport. Cookies in the late afternoon each day in your room, these little attention to details are impressive. One night we had take out food, and Donna brought over a child's sand bucket filled with plates, cups, silverware and other little goodies. Just loved it.
Rarely do I meet someone who is genuine and gracious in our society nowadays. Donna, the new innkeeper is a KEEPER!!!! Originally from Virginia, her southern manners and hospitality and kindness is genuine. She had only come on board at the Captain's Inn four days before we got there, and I was impressed, because it is not easy to run a bed and breakfast and try to accommodate everyone's needs and learn the nuisances of a new place. Donna makes you feel at home immediately and gives warmth to the place. It takes a certain type of person to run a really good B&B, and she has it. It is one of the major reasons I am giving it an excellent rating is because of Donna. And why we would come back.
Lastly, for anyone who wants a romantic getaway, book one of the rooms on the second floor of the Boathouse, you will not be disappointed. We stayed in the "Sail Away" room and we are boaties so this was a great treat for us. Loved the fact that you can walk out the door and down the road and have a wonderful meal, check out the birds and wildlife and go for a walk on the beach. Everybody in town, and it is an eclectic little place, is warm and friendly, very laid back. And for those birders out there, my husband, was in heaven, with all the different species of birds he saw at Moss's Landing.
For those people reading this review, this is the first time I have ever written a review, so I hope it helps. Yes, Route One, is close and so is the power plant up the road, but in the evenings things quiet down with the cars and I don't go psycho over stuff like that because California has always had too many cars anyway. I just block it out and enjoy the birds, wildlife and walking on the beach and the people who live there and who we met at the inn. We live in northern Wisconsin, so this was a great escape for us during the bitter cold winter months. Great food, great views, great innkeeper, quirky little hamlet, it's all good. Lesley and Mike B.