Quaint Hotel with Verdant Gardens and Pacific Ocean Views
A Tiffany-style stained-glass dome pours polychromatic light over the lobby lounge of the Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites. Studded with rubies, the kaleidoscopic skylight bears floral and foliate designs gleaming amid brass ribs. At ground level, a collection of antique furnishings adorns the entryway, leading toward eclectic, Victorian-style quarters. In each luxury garden room, lace frames broad windows offering peaceful views of lush gardens. Fluffy down comforters top one or two beds, and Italian marble covers the fireplace and bathrooms, lending elegance to the romantic space.
Period furnishings accent the hotel, beginning in the lobby where a Louis XIV–style love seat enfolds paramours within pleated cushioning. Persian runners lead toward the lobby lounge, where patrons can spoon-feed sips of local beer to a carved wooden gargoyle before venturing toward the Victorian dining room. Filled with lighted glass screens and one-of-a-kind antiques, the restaurant weaves the hotel’s vintage theme into its gourmet dining experience. Seasoned chefs plate a selection of natural, organic entrees prepared with ingredients sourced from local farmers. For a casual meal, lodgers can nibble at breakfast and lunch items in the Garden Room, famous for its olallieberry pie, or snack on small bites at the wine and tapas bar and scope out the wildlife on the hotel’s 2 acres of sustainable gardens.
Mendocino, California: Quiet Coastal Village Nestled amid Towering Redwoods
Perched high atop a bluff in its namesake village, the Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites enjoys unhindered panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. In the 1850s, the quiet coastal town bustled with loggers who harvested the area’s towering redwoods and enlivened its saloons, pools, and fast houses. Although the village has since eschewed its rowdy reputation, the redwoods continue to thrive. Along the bluff, the giant trees shadow traces of old buildings and old anchor lines set into rock.
Briny air permeates the town, carrying all the way to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where meticulously manicured formal gardens contrast with untouched landscapes. Hikers stroll through thick pine forests, peer into fern-fringed canyons, and frolic on flower-covered bluffs. Back indoors, the Mendocino Art Center presents displays of visual and performing arts that celebrate still and moving forms, and various studios invite budding Botticellis to fine-tune their own brushstrokes. For those interested in learning more about the area, the Kelley House Museum, set amid an acre of gardens, recounts Mendocino’s history with the artifacts, exhibits, and live-action movie trailers of yesteryear.