I was on a redwood trip with my two children. I booked a room for 3 nights at this place because there is very liffte near the Avenue of the Giants. When we got there we found we were in the only unrenovated room--something not made clear on the website. It had not been touched since the 1940's, except for adding a fridge in the 70's. There were many rules we had to abide by --including recycling all food scrapes and giving food to the chickens. I have no problem with recycling, but many rules were enforced with an additional charge if not complied with. It seems that the proprieters were somewhat irritated with the inconvenience the guests caused. There were numerous possibilities fo r extra charges-- renting out tubes to float in the river, renting lawn chairs, etc. The funniest posting in the room said something like "Don't fix anything if it breaks. Notifiy the owners." I didn't realize that the coast was two hours away from where we were (but it was only 50 miles!) so I ended up paying for any extra night, as there was no refunds for changes in the itenerary. The most annoying experience was when we first arrived we found we had no cell phone service. There was a pay phone to make long distance calls for a $1 in quarters. Because we were short on quarters I told my husband to call back on the pay phone number, only to find that this was their "reservation line", and my children had no way to speak to their dad when he called back. It was extremely rustic in the cabins with many spiders and moths. Even though there are slim pickenings when it comes to lodging near the Avenue of the Giants, I would never use this Lodge again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Summer like it used to be. Big Bend Lodge is a small 1940’s resort that sits on an idyllic and completely private section of the South Fork of the Eel River in Northern Mendocino County. We have nine rustic cabins with full kitchens that can accommodate 4 to 5 people each and some of our cabins are dog friendly. A well-kept secret amongst California families and groups who've been coming to the lodge for decades, Big Bend Lodge strives to maintain the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of days gone by when the perfect vacation was floating on a river all day and then telling stories around a campfire at night. A wonderful place for children, Big Bend Lodge is also a perfect place for a group of adults to book for a completely private and relaxed get-away.*Under new ownership by six families who have been coming to the lodge for years.* ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Bend Hotel Leggett