Driving down the ribbon of coastline in Mendocino, road signs for charming B&Bs are as common as the panoramic aqua-toned seascapes. For the traveler looking for a restorative getaway, the Mendocino coast leaves visitors wanting for little. Though widely known as the bohemian Hamptons of the Bay Area, this rural stretch of California has remained unpretentious in its isolated beauty. While tourists congregate in Fort Bragg every summer to eat and shop, guests lodging north or south on Highway 1 return to an expansive serenity each night on the rugged coast.
If the salt air and quietude are calling, it’s worth venturing a few miles from town to arrive at the rustic, chic Glendeven Inn & Lodge
in Little River. Surrounded by Van Damme State Park on three sides, the 15-acre property is beloved for its pastoral herd of llamas, free range chickens, in room hot breakfast, wine barn, and ocean views. In recent years, the Glendeven incorporated the neighboring property and now offers 10 contemporary rooms at The Lodge, featuring mid century modern decor that juxtaposes smartly among Mendocino’s iconic Victorians. Luxuries like organic linens, fireplaces en suite, and retro stylings are complemented by the herd of llamas grazing silently outside.
Back at original farmhouse, the beloved Inn is a time capsule of craftmanship and 152 years of local history. Built in 1867 by Isaiah Stevens, the home first opened its doors to guests in 1977. John Dixon and his partner, Mike, have called the Glendeven home since purchasing the Inn in 2007. Their personal updates include the llamas far better farm animals than roosters and improving on the Mendocino brand of humble hospitality.
In particular, the Glendeven prides itself on its in room breakfasts, which arrive promptly with a knock at 9 a.m. each morning. Packed in a metal picnic basket that requires two strong hands to carry, each is a treasure chest of breakfast jewels, featuring a daily rotation of savory egg souffles, miniquiches, and fruit crisps alongside fresh-squeezed orange juice and enough strong coffee to fuel a long day of cycling, wine tasting, or wandering.'
If staying local is on the itinerary, the Glendeven concierge is happy to direct you across the road, where private trails head straight to the ocean bluffs of Van Damme State Park. After soaking up miles of scenery, a peaceful afternoon can pass quickly in the Glendeven vegetable garden before you mosey to the Wine Bar(n) at 5:30. The Glendeven pours a selection of boutique pinot noirs from sought-after Anderson Valley vineyards that pair perfectly with a mature selection of appetizers and company (no guests under 18 are permitted at Glendeven).
With relaxation cultivated at every opportunity, the Glendeven Inn has matched the serenity of its landscape for 152 years. With every need attended to, guests at the Glendeven can simply soak up the culture of art, wine, surf, and sea on Mendocino’s famously beautiful coast.