Brewery Gulch Inn
Northern coastal sister cities, Mendocino and Ft. Bragg, have a shared history as logging and fishing communities. Their scenic oceanfront and woodlands inspire artists and artisans, nearby craft breweries and the wineries of Anderson Valley, and tourists seeking interaction with nature from beach activities, whale watching and fishing tours, trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Breathtaking vistas invite guests and appreciative locals, with views from bluffs, lighthouse and state parks, from bridges spanning beautiful river gulches with some overlooking fishing marinas and miles of tucked away or expansive beaches, some glittering with sea glass, fascinating tide pools, or basking sea lions. Quaint homes, boutiques and galleries, eateries and pubs, notable Botanical Gardens, offer a blend of old and new.
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A notch above, Brewery Gulch Inn exemplifies the forward looking design that has taken its rustic heritage to contemporary boutique luxury. A two year renovation completed in 2011 showcases a stunning vaulted great room, a beautifully composed lobby lounge/dining room featuring a 3-story glass wall, with 13 foot redwood framed French doors embracing the garden terrace and breathtaking views across to the cresting waves of Smugglers Cove. The central focal point designer glass and steel wood burning fireplace visioned by a local shipbuilder anchors the spacious room, creating a cozy seating area, with a bar for wine tasting and reception, coffee/tea pastry refreshment area, library of books, DVDs and board games, game tables, and gift center. This signature retreat is flooded with natural light, welcoming guests each morning with healthy individualized breakfast choices and early evenings with wine and a home style simple dinner buffet. The chef brings a palpable sense of harmony creating dishes with a farm to table freshness from their organic gardens and, on request, creating a sense of whimsy with designer backpack picnic lunches, wine and cheese baskets, or personalized gift baskets for special occasions.
Awards and accolades have brought Brewery Gulch Inn recognition since its completion, its eco friendly footprint setting an example for the future. Among those, 2018 Travel and Leisure recognized Brewery Gulch Inn as one of the top 100 best hotels in the world, top 10 resort hotels in the US, and top 5 in California. The accommodations are luxe, each room unique with gas fireplace, cozy seating for reading or TV viewing, lush and plush feather beds, Sferra fine linens, down comforters and pillows, towels, robes, and bathrooms to rave about with Asprey and Molton Brown toiletries as delightful indulgences. Ground floor rooms offer ADA accommodations beautifully tailored to meet any special needs while retaining the sumptuous design elements. Local craftsmen have fashioned the signature furniture throughout, and local artists are featured in the unique artwork and decor. The grounds are enhanced with gardens of climbing roses, spring tulips and daffodils, poppies, native berry bushes and flowers attracting an array of colorful birds and butterflies. Explore the gardens and walk to the lily pad ponds, cross to Vista Point, and imagine the secretive landings of smuggler’s boats in the cove below, supplying the logging camps with contraband liquor before and during Prohibition. Ever present, the colorful history of this region is legendary, the redwood forests concealing many secrets.
Your stay and welcome hospitality at Brewery Gulch Inn promises an unforgettable richly inspiring contemporary retreat on the Mendocino coast, a discovery that beckons returning guests escaping from frenetic lives and enjoying the tranquility or the many seasonal festivals, music and arts, wines and craft brews. Seize the memorable moments your getaway offers from the winding scenic beauty of Highway 128 through Anderson Valley wine country to the Pacific Coast and discover another of California’s endless wonders from the luxury vantage point of Brewery Gulch Inn.