Rare vacation for my wife and I without the kids. Found Howard Creek Ranch on internet, pictures looked beautiful and chose the Beach house (noting from pictures how close it was to the beach, including jacuzzi, king bed, etc.). Even changed weekends due to availability. Compared to photo's, the beach house was VERY small, tiny bathroom, outdated, stained rug in a shallow day loft (like climbing into a small boat cabin bed area), no promised internet (only main building) and trust me...you won't go in the jacuzzi. It's actually an original converted tow behind trailer. The internet interior Beachhouse pic VERY deceiving as to the actual smaller size. The website said "view from the beachhouse", that pic had to be taken with a 300mm plus lens from the beachhouse which was back from that spot hundreds of feet. Good luck seeing or hearing waves that far back under the highway overpass. The Home page picture with the white picket fence and well maintained white buildings don't exist....the real view is dramatical different. The ranch house area has overgrown vegetation and not sure when anything was last painted (due credit to the flower beds round the mainhouse). ONLY positive note..the caretaker lady Teresa..was very nice and polite. This place is overpriced. We left shortly after arriving and drove in the rain, in the dark 19 miles down the winding coast to a true romantic location. When your on a romantic adventure, you don't like being told you'll promptly sitdown for breakfast with all, promptly at 9:00am...period. Had the price fairly matched the accomodations, internet photo's better reflected reality, and was in a woodstock mood (which my wife and I do appreciate...having a cabin up the road from Woodstock NY!) we would've otherwise appreciated Sonny's experiment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Registered Historic ocean front farm on 60 acres settled in 1867, bordered by miles of beach and mountains in a wilderness area. Award winning flower gardens, antiques, a 75 foot swinging foot bridge over Howard Creek, cabins, comfortable beds, hot tub, nearby horseback riding, full ranch breakfast. A work in progress. "One of the most romantic places to stay on the planet" S.F. Chronicle. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Howard Creek Ranch Hotel Westport