We discovered BBL about 5 years ago and it's become my favorite summer getaway spot. Where else can you be in a spectacular wilderness setting yet have the comfort of hot running water, comfortable beds and fully equipped kitchens. What a joy to see kids (and grown-ups) running around being kids, minus electronic gadgets or cell phones, making s'mores around the campfire at night and playing all day in the river. It's all about the river, and BBL features some of the best swimming holes in Northern California. Most guests spend the bulk of their time at the main beach, but a short walk upstream brings you to another magical spot, and for the adventurous, there's a splendid deep hole downstream that requires a bit of bushwhacking but well worth the effort. Keep in mind BBL is rustic - surrender to your kids getting dirty and tracking sand everywhere, and mosquitos can be fierce at dusk - bring repellant. Pay attention to the 'What to bring' list, in order to avoid that hour round trip into Laytonville (which has a very well stocked grocery store). A great place to unplug, unwind and rejuvenate.
- 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