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Favorite Mendocino County Inns

By Travel Savvy

Just a three-hour drive up the California Coast from San Francisco, Mendocino County is a perfect weekend getaway for every type of traveler, given the area's abundance in natural landscapes and vistas, farm-to-table dining, and outdoor activities for every skill level. Nature lovers can take a hike along the staircase trail at Jug Handle State Natural Reserve, hop in a canoe or kayak for a coastline tour, or simply take a quiet stroll through the state parks or down the beach to look for whales.

Those who want to stay in one of the area’s quaint town will have plenty to do; the County is filled with art galleries, unique retail stores, antique shops, wineries and breweries, and several casinos. Also, don’t miss a ride on the Skunk Train!

Immerse yourself in the region’s creative vibes when choosing a place to stay. Here are three of our favorite inns in Mendocino County.

Brewery Gulch Inn 1

Photo Credit: Brewery Gulch Inn

Brewery Gulch Inn

Brewery Gulch Inn

9401 North Highway One

Mendocino, CA 

(707) 937-4752


Situated above Mendocino Bay, Brewery Gulch Inn has been consistently recognized as one of the top hotels worldwide in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Guests rave about the warmth and comfort of this AAA Four-Diamond property, and compare the ambiance to staying at a good friend’s well-appointed rustic-chic home. The Inn also provides gourmet, seasonally-changing breakfast and dinner service with each guest’s stay, prepared by renowned Chef Scott Allen.

Nature seekers will love that the inn’s property borders the 50,000 acres of virgin redwoods and wildflower studded meadows that make up the Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

Our favorite aspect of this Inn is their full-service concierge; they can assist with every pre-arrival arrangement you can imagine, such as fresh flower deliveries, reservations for dinner, booking excursions like horseback riding and deep sea fishing, and more!

Little River Inn Golf Course 2

Photo Credit: Golf Course at Little River Inn

Little River Inn

Little River Inn 

7901 N. Highway One 

Little River, CA

(707) 937-5942



A Gothic white Victorian that presides over the Pacific with stately grandeur, Little River Inn is a stunning full-service resort on hundreds of acres that offers a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course along with tennis courts, a day spa and full service salon.

Little River Inn's 66 guest rooms all feature stunning ocean views, many have fireplaces, luxurious steam showers, Jacuzzi tubs, or individual hot tubs. Guests have easy access to Van Damme State Park (it's right next door!), where you can hike, kayak, fish for abalone, or stroll through the Mendocino Pygmy Forest. 

Exterior Newport Ranch Inn 3

Photo Credit: Suite, Inn at Newport Ranch

Newport Ranch Inn

The Inn at Newport Ranch

31502 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg, CA

(707) 962-4818


The term “luxury lodge” could have been coined for this inn, built in one of the most striking spots in Northern California. Open since early 2016, Inn at Newport Ranch boasts 50-mile views across the Pacific and over 20 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

Visitors enjoy the property’s grand touches, such as a walk-in stone fireplace and recycled redwood trunks soaring to cathedral ceilings. Vegetables from the inn’s organic gardens (Sugar Ann Snap Peas, Golden Wax beans, Rainbow Chard and Watermelon Radishes in the Spring) grace the plates of guests, and their head gardener ensures everything – from produce to herbs to flowers – is grown sustainably.


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