We just got back from a 2-night stay at the Sandpiper House Inn- a wonderful Bed & Breakfast located just outside of Mendocino. First of all, I must apologize to Curtis, the Innkeeper, because I called ahead and gave him a really hard time about some of the recent poor reviews written on here. He said he was aware of them, and encouraged me to come and check it out for myself to form my own opinion. After thinking about it enough- we drove the 4-hours to get there, and I'm so glad we did!
This is a Bed & Breakfast in a quiet town- You must know that. Don't go if you're expecting a big-name hotel experience. The house is an old Craftsman-style cottage, with loads of Victorian charm, built in 1916. My husband and I are in our early 30's, and we loved how it felt to be stepping back in time- almost 100 years! The house is furnished with antiques and is clean and well-maintained.
Curtis can be described as a quiet, hard-working, behind-the-scenes gentleman, with a servant's heart. We honestly felt like we had arrived at an old friend's or relative's house for the weekend- you know- that friend who just happens to have a house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Waves come crashing against the cliffs and boom through a big cave just below. You can't replicate that sound on a sound machine.
We stayed on the 2nd floor- in the Weston Room. Being on the 2nd floor- I like to think we got the best view of the ocean- hand's down. We had a super comfortable Cal-King size bed, with luxurious linens. There are 2 wing-back chairs that face the large windows so that you can sit back and get lost in the view of the ocean. We opened the windows at night to hear the waves, and had our gas fireplace on to keep us cozy. That was such a treat!
Breakfast was wonderful. Curtis is a great cook, and we stayed full for awhile. The first day we had omelets, hash browns, bacon, and coffee cake, while the next morning we got made-to-order crepes filled with blueberries and a lemon cream, with sausage on the side. Yum! We loved the company at breakfast. Remember this is a B&B. If you're not a chatty person, that's ok. You don't have to talk to anyone because you sit at your own table. BUT, if you want to have a fun breakfast experience, just ask the table next to you "Where are you from?" and let the conversation flow from there. We met some really nice people while we were there.
Things to know before you go:
1. The Inn has wi-fi for $5 so you can get email, etc, but there is no cell reception- except when you get to Mendocino or Fort Bragg. We ended up being quite thankful for the break from the all-consuming world of technology. Who knew?
2. Grab a map. We are usually quite dependent on our iPhones, but you can't bring up maps on your phone when there is no reception... Thankfully, the towns are super easy to navigate. We used the "101 Things to Do in Mendocino County" that was in our room as our guide, and got around just fine. We enjoyed Glass Beach, Point Cabrillo Light House, Point Arena, hiking across the headlands.
3. Gas stations are sparse, so top-off when you can. But don't do it in Mendocino- $5.50 a gallon! Fort Bragg is much cheaper for gas- only $3.69-ish/gallon.
4. Restaurants close early, or might be closed for the winter. So call ahead... Use your Yelp app, when you can, to find which restaurants to go to. Also, bring CASH as some don't take cards.
5. At night, take a moment to look up. You don't get stars like that in the city. Wow!!
6. The nearest Starbucks is in Fort Bragg, but we didn't need it because we thought Curtis' coffee was just as good, or better. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sandpiper House Inn offers five spacious guest suites, each individually decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, down comforters, feather pillows and fine linens. Four have ocean views, while the fifth overlooks the meadow and hills of Greenwood Ridge. Your stay includes Gourmet Breakfast, served in our breakfast room overlooking the beautiful rocks of Greenwood Cove. Complimentary tea or coffee and hors d oeuvres are enjoyed in the evening beside the cozy living room fireplace. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sandpiper House Hotel Elk