Just returned from a fantastic 1 night stay at Elk Cove. Honeymooners, those renewing their wedding vows and couples wanting massages by the sea are the patrons here. We wanted a little getaway from Marin and the 2.5 hour drive seemed a fair distance for our 1 night getaway. Upon arriving, the sweet innkeeper showed us our room, which we had booked just 2 days prior. It was in the main house and had a garden view. Although cute, it wasn't as romantic as we were expecting. We asked if there were other rooms available, and she showed us 1 room left, which was the Bavarian. As soon as we walked in, my husband said, "This is the room." With an oversized picture window looking out onto the crashing waves, a stovepipe fireplace, a large skylight and an enormous King sleighbed with soft down bedding, who could resist? The innkeeper said it was going to cost $50 more but that was quite a deal since it should usually cost over $100 more. We agreed to splurge. A short walk takes you to the ocean and another 5 minutes away is the tiny cute town. We walked on the trail to town, ate at a simple but tasty cafe and then retired for the evening to our cozy room, to nibble on the Inn's cookies, sip some wine and just relax.
Several Notes: The only drawback is that the large picture window has no curtain, so when the sun comes up it gets bright. Bring an eye mask to continue sleeping past daybreak! Also, the inn could use a hot tub, as we suggested to them, but they said the cost was too high for maintenance. Nontheless, perhaps some of the rooms could have a jacuzzi bath. And lastly, the Bavarian room's photos on the Inn's website does not do it justice. It has been completely redone and the furniture and bedding is much more sophisticated.
The buffet breakfast was sensational, with quiche, bread pudding, biscuits and gravy, fresh strawberries and more, hosted by Ellen, who makes sure you are well fed and happy. A couple of hiking trails kept us busy for a few hours until we headed to Mendocino. Oh, a lovely surprise, upon checking out, the innkeeper said that we did not owe an additional charge for the room, which was very unexpected. Hurrah for a memorable getaway at the Elk Cove Inn!
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