Benbow Inn

$189 for a Two-Night Stay for Two and One Breakfast at Benbow Inn in Garberville, CA ($420 Value)

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Romantic Redwood Retreat in Tudor-Style Hotel

After the completion of the Redwood Highway in 1926, nine brothers and sisters constructed a Tudor-style hotel to accommodate the growing number of tourists traveling the country road. Soon, the resort's private riverside location and sophisticated English charm began to attract luminaries such as Clark Gable and Eleanor Roosevelt, who cherished the estate's gourmet cuisine and outdoor recreation. The Benbow Inn—named for the family that built it—has managed to preserve its original splendor, and continues to please with its enchanting landscape and genteel hospitality.

In petite queen rooms, a pair of wingback chairs sport polka-dot upholstery and are set against the striped and floral bedding of a mahogany queen bed. Period antiques, sherry decanters, and an extensive library lend the rooms a dignified air. Without the distraction of a TV, guests can look out onto the terrace or garden area, where walkways wind through landscaped flowerbeds and across an old stone bridge that spans the river. Herb and organic vegetable gardens also grow on the property; their produce is transmuted into colorful meals at breakfast and dinner in the Tudor-style dining room.

Garberville, California: Quaint Pastoral Town in Heart of Redwood Belt

The Avenue of the Giants, a sprawling collection of the tallest trees in the world, lies 6 miles north of the hotel. More than 50,000 acres of redwood groves stretch out along the coastal highway here, where visitors can hike through miles of pedestrian trails. Trunks measuring 10 feet in diameter also ascend from Richardson's Grove State Park, a living museum of ancient redwoods, whose fishable waterways overflow with salmon, steelhead, and strips of peppermint bark during cooler months.

Antique stores, art galleries, and old-fashioned mercantile shops dot the Victorian village of Ferndale, which was named one of America's prettiest towns by Forbes magazine. Located about an hour north of the hotel, the former dairy town preserves its old-fashioned spirit with blacksmith shops and candy stores that vend hand-dipped treats, but also hosts avant-garde events such as the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $189 for a two-night stay for two in a petite queen room and one breakfast for two

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Award-winning fine-dining restaurant and extensive wine cellar
  • Onsite golf course
  • Beautiful, landscaped gardens
  • Complimentary tea and scones
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 12/27/12
  • Not valid 6/1-6/3, 6/21-6/24, 6/28, 7/1, 7/21-7/22, 8/16-8/19, 8/23-8/26, or 11/23-11/25
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • 5-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies; cancellations with more than 5 days notice subject to $25 fee
  • Subject to availability
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 10% occupation tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Benbow Inn by 12/27/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 12/27/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One queen-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Period antiques
  • Variety of reading materials

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: lot parking available for free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the offered room (upgrade to Terrace king or queen, which allow up to 2 pets at $30 per pet per night).
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to Historical Standard Queen/Historical Standard King/Terrace King for an additional $20/$30/$50 per night.

What It's Worth

  • $189 for a two-night stay for two in a petite queen room (a $390 value) and one breakfast for two (a $30 value)

    Total value: $420

Getting There

  • By plane: 86 miles from Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV); 212 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • By car: about 159 miles southwest of Redding; about 220 miles northwest of Sacramento

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