We have stayed at the Weller House multiple times, most recently in February 2014, and have been impressed both the innkeepers ability to cater effortlessly for both romantic weekends and family getaways. We prefer the more laid back, blue collar atmosphere of Fort Bragg over Mendocino ostentation, but still want to feel pampered in Victorian charm, and the Weller House has always delivered.
For family visits, the Weller House is walking distance from the downtown shops and restaurants and literally across the street from the Skunk Train. Its also an easy 10 min walk to Glass Beach and to the newly connected haul road to MacKerricher State Park (We wish we had brought our bikes). The room costs are higher than some other B&Bs we've stayed at in Fort Bragg, but they have a number of very large rooms with King/Queen or King/Twin combos that are fine for a family of 3 or 4 and which we found cheaper than renting two B&B rooms elsewhere. There are several common areas with books and games that would be of interest to children and adults. We loved the range of breakfast foods, especially the tasty egg/cheese dishes and fresh fruit, but there were toast and cereal items for kids.
For the romantic couple experience, the large rooms are pleasant for lounging with comfortable sitting areas that allowed us to feel like we had the run of the house even though families were present. We chose a room with a clawfoot tub for the Victorian B&B experience. The innkeepers were available when we needed them for making dinner arrangements but knew when to leave us alone. They also have a range of optional amenities for couples that we didn't use, such as tango lessons in the beautiful third floor ballroom which has sitting areas with views.
The gardens are large with water features and sitting areas, but the plantings and small fish pond needed gardening care. During previous visits, we found the gardens a nice place to relax. It wasn't an issue for us on this stay and our recent drought may have affected the ability to maintain what can be a wonderful small and inviting garden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 1886 inn with ballroom, library, dining room, water tower observation deck, and gardens. Featured in the New York Times and Sunset Magazine. Nine fine guest rooms, each with private bathrooms, sitting areas, down pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets. King or queen beds, two rooms have private Jacuzzis. The water tower observation deck is the high point in town, great for whale watching and sunsets. Gardens with heritage and edible ornamentals (organic since 2008). The virgin redwood ballroom on the third floor of the main house is a unique and beautiful space, ideal for all sorts of gatherings. Weekly dance (FREE with LODGING): Monday FOLK DANCE CLASS, Tuesday TANGO PRACTICA, Wednesday WALTZ CLASS, Friday EAST COAST SWING DANCE, Sunday WEST COAST SWING CLASS ... more less
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