THE PELICAN INN is a hotel and restaurant located in Marin County in California. The Inn can be reached from either one of two roads that wind their way down the southern flank of Mount Tamalpais. One of these two roads passes right by Muir Woods. A third road enables people from the north, e.g., Stinson Beach, Bolinas, and Point Reyes, to drive southwards along Route One and reach The Pelican Inn.
The Pelican Inn is located on Route One (not on some remote road), and thus is easy to find. The Pelican Inn has English Tudor architecture. There are no other commercial businesses nearby, and thus nothing to mar the scenery or to disturb the ambiance. Inside, is a taproom with a few tables, where one can enjoy meals. The taproom has a dartboard, where amateurs can practice their skills. The ground floor also has a medium-sized dining room, and there are additional out-of-door dining tables in back of the Inn. Upstairs, one finds a dozen or so bedroom suites, each having canopy beds and furnishings that seem to be quaint museum pieces. The room comes with fresh cut flowers and a small bottle of Bailey's Bristol Creme (anyway, that was my experience 17 years ago, when I stayed overnight on two occasions). Altogether, I had meals at The Pelican Inn on about six occasions in the past 17 years. The menu features traditional British cuisine, and so, one should not expect to find entrees that happen to be the current fad and fashion in California, such as a bizarre hybrid of Thai/Korean/French cuisine. Of course, the tap beer and stout is "de regueur" for the complete Pelican Inn experience. The stairway that leads from the ground floor to the bedroom suites upstairs is narrow.
Everything about The Pelican Inn is likely to leave lasting memories of abundant pleasantness, e.g., for families with children, for younger men who are in a courting mode, for older couples, and for tourists of any type. On weekends, the dining room guests often include athletes wearing their bicycling suits. Regarding the surroundings outside, Muir Beach is a short walk. The beach is a secluded one, though it lacks the singing pebbles that are found at nearby Tennessee Beach. Muir Beach includes a couple of charming footbridges that convey visitors over the marshland. This marshland is an excellent place for birdwatching, and the beach is excellent for picnics, and so on. At night, from your bedroom suite in The Pelican Inn, one can sometimes hear a symphony of frogs, with thousands of froggy-voices croaking in unison.
Of course there are other choices for charming hotels on the California coastline, but The Pelican Inn is the closest one to San Francisco, and is the only one to have Tudor architecture and traditional British cuisine. For tourists interested in spending several hundreds of dollars per night, and who don't care for the affordable rates at The Pelican Inn, there are other options. For example, people wishing to get-awy-from-it-all, and also wishing to spend over $500.00 per night, can stay at any one of the charming hotels further up north near Salt Point State Park, and even further north, at Elk, California (with its magnificent sheltered bay), and also in the famous town of Mendocino, CA.
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