Joshua Grindle Inn

Two-Night Stay for Two Adults at the Joshua Grindle Inn in California

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Victorian Estate Overlooking Rocky California Coast

In the 1870s, a 25-year-old sailor left his home in Maine and took to the seas, hoping to find work and a place to call home. While sailing the California coast, Joshua Grindle came across a rocky promontory whose thick forest and steepled churches evoked the New England towns he'd left behind. Grindle came to anchor in the budding village of Mendocino, found a wife, and built his first home, which stands today as one of four houses comprising the Joshua Grindle Inn.

The Main House calls to mind a Victorian farmhouse from Maine, but its redwood construction speaks of a West Coast pedigree. A resident poodle and two cats might be seen balancing the books on the wraparound porch, which overlooks herb and floral gardens, resplendent with rhododendrons, daisies, and poppies. On nice mornings, guests take to the porch for breakfasts such as apple crêpes and spicy baked pears drizzled with yogurt, paired with sips of Big River Coffee’s special Joshua Grindle Inn Organic Blend.

Guest rooms in the Main House, the Saltbox Cottage, and historical wooden Water Tower are individually decorated, but each incorporates an old New England aesthetic with antique furnishings, four-poster beds, and crackling fireplaces. In the Saltbox Cottage, a former chicken coop, open cedar-beam ceilings, and historical artwork open a small window to Mendocino's early days. Shelves of hardback books stocked by the innkeepers add a personal touch to each room, which all overlook either the ocean or the village of Mendocino.

Mendocino, California: New England–Style Hamlet on the West Coast

Mendocino's old-fashioned cottages and quaint churches appear as if they were plucked from a coastal New England town, and there's little mystery why. The village's first settlers came mostly from the northeast and brought with them their back-home stylings. The redwoods that originally attracted loggers are no longer a source of industry, but the dense forest east of town is a haven for hikers and naturalists. The village’s arts culture emerged in the 1950s and continues to thrive with civic organizations such as the Redwoods Symphony and Mendocino Theater Company.

What You Get

  • $279 for a two-night stay for two adults in one of ten rooms, valid Sunday–Thursday

Amenities

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Massage studio
  • Private bathrooms
  • Most rooms have a fireplace
  • Swiss-milled bath products
  • Complimentary wine in room
  • Concierge services

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 6/30/12
  • Not valid 2/17, 2/19, 5/25, or 5/27
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • $50 fee applies to all cancellations prior to 14-day policy
  • Must be 21 to check in, 12 or older to stay, accompanied by a guardian at all times
  • Not valid for Lupe Gorden, Garden Retreat, Dolphin House or Grindle Guest House rooms
  • Not valid for groups or pets
  • 11% tax not included

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How To Book

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  2. Call Joshua Grindle Inn by 6/30/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/30/12.
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Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests made be added.

Grindle Room (Victorian House)

  • One king-size bed
  • Cheerful wallpaper and a uniquely vaulted ceiling
  • Ocean views

Library (Victorian House)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Floor-to-ceiling bookcase
  • Fireplace with pine mantelpiece
  • Overlooks courtyard and garden

Master Room (Victorian House)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Four-poster bed, bookcase, and antique wardrobe
  • Fireplace with wood mantel
  • Whirlpool tub and separate shower

Nautical Room (Victorian House)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Shades of blue and white complement nautical-themed artwork and furnishings
  • Overlooks Mendocino Village

Tree View Room (Victorian House)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Deep soak tub in bathroom
  • Views of the 100-year-old cypress trees and water tower

North Cypress Room (Saltbox Cottage)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Early American antiques and historical artwork
  • Open-beam cedar ceiling
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Gas fireplace

South Cypress Room (Saltbox Cottage)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Early American antiques and historical artwork
  • Open-beam cedar ceiling
  • Whirlpool tub and separate shower

Meadow View Room (Watertower Building)

  • One queen-size bed
  • Country décor
  • Artwork by local artists
  • Wood deck with sitting area

Watertower 1 Room

  • One king-size bed
  • Redwood-beam ceiling
  • Country pine furniture
  • Wood stove
  • Deep soak tub
  • Views of cypress trees and gardens

Watertower 2 Room

  • One queen-size bed
  • Ocean views through the trees
  • Sunny room with lots of windows
  • Sitting area

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free off-street parking
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

  • $279 for a two-night stay for two adults in one of ten rooms with breakfast, valid Sunday–Thursday (a $558 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 95 miles from Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS); about 170 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • By car: 100 miles northwest of Santa Rosa; 155 miles northwest of San Francisco; 190 miles northwest of Sacramento

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