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The Elk Cove Inn & Spa
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Reviewed May 17, 2009

My wife and I had been looking for a special place to celebrate 10 years of marriage and lucked into the Elk Cove Inn & Spa. We attended a fund-raising dinner in the Sacramento Valley and the Inn was generous enough to donate a nights stay. We won the auction and started planning the trip! We called ahead to make reservations and extend our stay an extra night, planning for our anniversary weekend. The inn keeper was so friendly and welcoming, we couldn't wait!
We arrived and were immediatly given a little welcome basket with wine and cookies and were then escorted to our room.
A comfortable bed facing a gas fireplace awaited us, it looked like heaven. The views from the inn are stunning, the pictures don't do it nearly enough justice. A quick walk down the steps take you to a sucluded beach that was dotted with drift wood, perfect for a fire (yes, you can have a fire as long as it's in one of the metal fire grates) Unfortunately we didn't figure out the fire part until it was too late for us to do it.
Both mornings we awoke to wonderful breakfasts that were hearty and had a little something for everyone, the view from the dining room was a great way to start off the day. Another part of our trip was a ride on the beach, I highly recommend using Ross Ranch (Tobi Ross) for the horseback trip. Sooo friendly!!
All in all it was an awesome trip that we hope to repeat very soon!!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank AaronnAndrea
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

I am planning another trip to the lovely hamlet of Elk. I have just spoken with the relief Inn Keeper of Elk Cove Inn and Spa. To my great surprise it was Jaci. What a wonderful addition. I am excited to visit Elk again.

Hats off to Elk Cove Inn and Spa and Inn for bringing Jaci on board.

Thank MissyIone
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Reviewed April 18, 2009

We stayed at the Elk Cove Inn for five nights and really felt that we had come to know and love the inn, the proprietor and the beauty of the coastline. We stayed in the Greenwood room and had a startling view of Cuffy's Cove to greet us every morning and the sound of the ocean to listen to throughout the night. We were a few steps from the path to the lovely beach below. This is one of the few Inns in this area that has the owner on-site and I am sure that is what made this such a great experience. The proprietor, Elaine Bryant, is warm, welcoming and helpful--making great recommendations on local sites of interest and restaurants. She made a reservation for us at La Petite Rive, a unique culinary experience not to be missed--which we would have without Elaine's help. The breakfast room has a vast view of the ocean and the breakfast buffet is varied and delicious every day. I looked at most of the rooms and liked the Greenwood and the suites the best for appearance, privacy and view. Our young adult daughter stayed in Molly's Garden Room in the main house and liked that as well. There is actually a pretty good night life with local and imported live music at several of the bars and restaurants in neighboring towns. Also, in Elk--The Bridget Dolan Pub has great food and local beers and we had delicious burgers at The Roadhouse Cafe. The Elk Cove Inn made our trip at once restful, interesting and stimulating--I would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank educa2r
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Elk Cove Inn in Elk, California. I don't think words can do this beautiful resort justice. The Inn is perched on a bluff overlooking the majestic blue Pacific Ocean. There is an easy walking trail that takes you down to a driftwood covered beach that in itself can keep you busy and entertained for hours. There are lots of hiking trails nearby and it's only a few minutes to the delightful town of Mendocino. The rooms at the Inn are as close to perfect as you can get. NO DETAIL has been overlooked. We have stayed at 5 star hotels that weren't on the same level as the Elk Cove Inn. The breakfast buffet each morning is incredible. There are 3 different "main dishes" to chose from along with cereals, breads, fruits, juices, etc. There is a delightful afternoon happy hour with wine from the local wineries. It is definitely a place you do not want to leave. I would give this property the highest possible rating. We have been there before and we will definintely be going back. .

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nancy047
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

We just got back from spending our 20th anniversary at the Elk Cove Inn. We originally booked the Baywatch room, but when we arrived and took a look at the Seascape room across the hall, we immediately asked to switch if it were available, which it was. Baywatch looked better online, but in reality, Seascape had FAR better views, a nicer fireplace, and was just so much more private and cozy than Baywatch. We got to see one of the suites in the other building when we departed, and we liked that even more.

When we arrived, we were greeted with a basket containing two, fresh, BIG cookies, fresh fruit, and a bottle of wine. The inn also offers free wine and cocktails in the afternoons, but we didn't partake of that. They did make dinner reservations for us for one of our nights, and they even told the restaurant that it was our 20th anniversary, so we were treated like royalty there, too (Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino).

The inn has its own access to the beach, which is so secluded that you practically have the whole thing to yourselves. It's a great walking beach, and the surf is very rocky, which provides endless wave action. The breakfasts at the inn were fabulous... better than just about any restaurant. It's buffet-style with lots of selection, and the breakfast room has beautiful ocean views from every table.

The room was spotlessly clean, and to our surprise, the staff made up our room while we were having breakfast in the morning! There are candles in the room (to add to the romantic ambience), a cozy bed, cozy blanket throws, cozy robes, and a selection of cozy hot beverages (coffee, teas, hot chocolate). There's even a flashlight in the room in case you want to take an evening stroll on the beach. They seem to have thought of everything.

We will DEFINITELY go back!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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