As one embarks on a journey up the Northern California coast, the breathtaking landscape emerges where the majestic redwood forest meets the boundless ocean, and the rugged cliffs seamlessly merge with the vibrant blue waves. It’s a captivating fusion of mountains and sea that leaves travelers spellbound.
Nestled within this natural paradise, one discovers the enchanting Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, a local treasure that harmoniously blends with its surroundings, instantly making visitors feel at home amid this splendid environment.
Positioned on the historic 10-acre farmstead once belonging to Mendocino pioneer Homer Barton, Brewery Gulch Inn presents awe-inspiring views of Smuggler’s Cove and is bordered by pristine meadows and ancient redwoods from the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, spanning a vast 48,000 acres. This ensures a serene and tranquil experience, enveloping guests within the grandeur of the towering redwood forests and gifting them with breathtaking panoramas of the ocean.
What sets Brewery Gulch Inn apart is its unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship. The inn’s ponds, a vital component of wetlands restoration, are diligently maintained using a natural rock filtration system that entirely eschews the need for any chemicals. Indigenous grasses and wildflowers flourish throughout the wetlands, and secluded benches offer a serene vantage point overlooking the ponds and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
The inn itself exudes a charming storybook ambiance, featuring an extensive use of eco-salvaged wood that possesses natural hues imbued by 100-150 years of submersion in silt from the nearby Big River. Spanning three levels, the inn boasts ten spacious guest rooms, each offering picturesque views of the ocean framed by spruce and pine trees.
For avid birdwatchers, a spotting scope on the deck provides a closer look at distant whales and a diverse array of bird species that frequent the property. An inviting bird feeder in the vicinity beckons a variety of winged creatures, adding to the delight of birdwatching enthusiasts.
In a recent collaboration with the esteemed Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Brewery Gulch Inn now offers bird enthusiasts the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the local avian species in the area. This unique experience allows guests to connect with the numerous bird species that call this place home, fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world and facilitating interactions with fellow birdwatchers during their stay.
A delightful breakfast experience awaits at the Inn, commencing with steaming cups of coffee and tea, accompanied by freshly baked delicacies thoughtfully prepared by the chef each day. Guests have the option to relish these delectable treats in the main dining area, on the deck, or indulge in a cozy breakfast in the comfort of their own bed.
The evening wine hour and dinner at Brewery Gulch Inn are always imbued with delightful surprises. Eschewing a set menu, the chef creates culinary masterpieces based on the seasonal ingredients at hand, often taking inspiration from the prevailing weather. Guests can anticipate hearty seafood chowder on cold, gloomy days and lighter, more refreshing fare on sunny, bright ones.
For those seeking a private and intimate experience, the Inn now offers the Beach Trail Cottage, a splendid addition to its accommodations. Located a mere mile south of the main Inn, this fully renovated 150-year-old residence boasts luxurious linens, a well-appointed kitchen, and an upper-floor master bedroom that treats guests to sweeping views of the coastline and Van Damme State Beach.
Just steps away from Van Damme State Beach, the cottage boasts its very own private trail leading to the headlands. Here, guests can savor the sandy beach, observe the playful antics of sea lions and harbor seals, witness ospreys in action, and explore intriguing tidepools at their leisure. This charming haven provides the perfect opportunity to connect with the coastal wonders of Mendocino’s coastline.