We decided to visit the Mendocino coast by way of the Napa and Anderson Valley on HWY 128 for a long weekend. This is a terrific ride on a sunny day and we left with the top down in January! We took a leisurely drive along the edge of Lake Berryessa and then onto Napa/Sonoma for some wine tasting. We stopped at Hendy Woods off Hwy 128 at Philo for a return visit to the huge Sequoia trees preserved there in the two groves 1/2 mile off the main route. After a nice but cool January walk, we headed out through the Anderson Valley and finally to the Albion River Inn in Albion. This is a terrific property with a friendly staff and great ocean views from every cottage. The rooms are clean and simple; no TV's so take note if that is a deal breaker. Some of the rooms have real wood fire places others are gas. The room we had was #16 which was a mid-priced room. There are rooms with slightly better amenities; Jacuzzi tubs with a window view of the ocean which I initially tried to book but it was just taken moments before. All of the cottages have decent views, 16 was nice as it was also close to the restaurant where a complete and complimentary breakfast is served. The restaurant has a very good breakfast menu and is one of the better dinner houses in the area. We had the Prawns on our first night and they were delicious! There was also a nice complimentary bottle of wine in the room which is a nice touch. There were two soft and cozy bath robes as well. I am sure there are many nice places to stay in this area but this was a good value for the price paid. We had the good fortune of meeting the owner of this fine place at the bar inside the restaurant. He bought me a drink and we got to talking about Sacramento and the Mendocino coast. Turns out this gentleman is a very nice and warm hearted guy and it was a delight talking with him. Would I go back? Yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albion River Inn's spectacular ocean front lodging and dining create the ambiance for a romantic and relaxing vacation on the Mendocino Coast. Our well appointed guest rooms and cottages feature dramatic ocean views with many amenities for your comfort. Located on the ocean, minutes from the historic village of Mendocino, Anderson Valley Wine Country, golf, tennis, State Parks, and beaches. The acclaimed restaurant and bar are open nightly for dinner. The restaurant lawn terrace is the picture perfect setting for weddings and receptions, while Cooking Classes and Culinary Events make us your ideal destination getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albion River Hotel Albion