My sweetie and I just got back from an amazing trip, which started in San Francisco and wound up the PCH and inland to Rio Dell where we were headed for my son's graduation from HSU. We'd actually booked our room at the Whale Watch Inn several months ago. We'd been to Gualala a few years before, but wanted something a bit more restful and secluded on this trip up the coast. The Whale Watch Inn didn't disappoint! The new owner, Elgio (sp?) is absolutely wonderful! We had a nice conversation as he served us a glass of wine on our arrival. The flora is just fabulous, especially this time of year. I felt like I was in an endless conservatory. And fauna? A couple of black-tailed deer grazed on wildflowers while we soaked in our private hot tub on the deck of our suite! Couldn't have asked for a more sublime respite on our trip. We stayed one night on our way to Rio Dell, and another night on the trip back down the coast. The warm spring weather followed us all along the way; what a wonderful break from the everyday! Since this is a B&B, I have to tell you, Gretchen serves up breakfast with a capital "B"! This is not some store-bought pastries and yogurt, but REAL breakfast with eggs, homemade muffins, fresh squeezed juice. Yum! Just a couple notes though as I've read other reviews about the place - yes, the stairs leading down to the private beach are worn, but there's a sign that indicates "at your own risk" - frankly, I didn't have a problem, and I have a bit of arthritis in my right foot. The walk on the beach with views of the NoMendo Coast is just breathtaking and well worth a cautious walk down the stairs! Just another quick note....there are fireplaces in the rooms and although wood is supplied; it's new wood, so doesn't burn. Better to buy some good burning wood and let the current supply sit for a year; should be ready to burn by next year. Regardless, in no way did this distract from our peaceful stay at the Inn. Seriously, I can't believe some of the reviews. Apparently, some people don't get out much or have a hard time "rollin' with it!" I'd recommend they stay at home and let the rest of us enjoy the serenity of the Whale Watch :) We'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a motto here at the Whale Watch Inn and it is to provide you with "World Class service in a World Class setting." With 18 beautifully decorated guest rooms each with a dynamic view of the ocean, our rooms also all include a private deck and wood burning fireplace/furnace. Also included with your stay is a full breakfast, either delivered right to your room or buffet style in the Whale Room. We are committed to making your stay an out of this world experience by accommodating your needs, and paying attention to the details. We hope you will join us soon. The ocean is waiting! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whale Watch Inn By The Sea Hotel Gualala