Sandpiper House Inn

$169 for a One-Night Stay for Two at the Sandpiper House Inn in California (Up to $305 Value)

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By Mika Turim-Nygren, Travel Correspondent

Historical Bed and Breakfast Overlooking Ocean Cove

In the early morning hours, when a heavy fog envelops the rocky bluffs of Greenwood Cove, a sort of eerie stillness takes over outside. It holds no sway in the kitchen of innkeeper Curtis Koval. Here the fireplace is already crackling, and Curtis is busy making breakfast, which on this morning includes nut cake, fruit salad, bacon, and swedish pancakes—all garnished with nasturtium blossoms plucked from the garden outside.

Past the parlor, guest rooms showcase unique layouts and antique furnishings, which hark back to the inn's origins as a 1916 lumber workers' residence, in the days when trains carted redwood timber and the season's hottest flannel shirts along the cove's cliffs. Today, things have quieted down considerably, and views of the Pacific Ocean include few signs of human intervention. The Clifton room's bay window frames a vista of cliff-side pines and craggy islands dotting the sea. The private decks of the Headlands room lead to a perennial garden overlooking the frothy ocean below.

Hints of the Queen Anne cottage's lumber-working legacy linger in the redwood paneling of the living and dining rooms as well as in the kitchen, where sepia-toned photographs show laborers in rolled-up sleeves posed in front of the house as it once was. Outside, on a garden knoll, deck chairs sit feet from the bay's ridge and a fishpond burbles quietly.

Elk, California: Cozy Hamlet on Quiet Mendocino Coast

Set on the Northern California shoreline just south of Mendocino, the quiet town of Elk enjoys small-town charm and year-round moderate temperatures. Pastel cottages perch along the coastal ridge, and an artists' collective serves as home to 28 local artists, whose output spills onto a front lawn dotted with delicate bronze sculptures and weathered wood carvings. "We have such a geologically exciting landscape," says local plein air painter Deborah Nord, referring to the steep ocean cliffs that crop up so often in her canvases.

The ocean-side bluffs also provide ideal lookouts for whale watching. "The easiest whale to see here on the coast is the California gray whale," says Tanya Smart, an instructor of environmental ethics at Point Cabrillo Light Station. The 50-foot-long leviathans journey southward in January, and upon their return in March, the area welcomes them back with a series of whale festivals and whale-size party hats.

What You Get

  • A one-night stay for two people in the Headlands, Clifton, or Woodland Rose room with breakfast
  • Chocolates
  • Pastries and hors d’oeuvres


  • Gourmet breakfast cooked fresh daily
  • Views of ocean and Greenwood Cove
  • Perennial English garden
  • Unique antique furnishings
  • Complimentary Thanksgiving coffee and custom teas
  • Afternoon snacks of cheeses and pastries

The Fine Print

  • Must travel by 5/30/12
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Subject to availability
  • 7 day cancellation notice required for 1 night stays, 14 day cancellation notice required for 2 or more nights or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Must be 18 or older to check-in
  • Valid only for standard deluxe room
  • 2 or more Groupons must be used consecutively
  • 2 night minimum stay required for Friday-Saturday
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 11% occupancy tax not included.

Other Details

How to Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Sandpiper House Inn.
  3. Choose a date before 5/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

All Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: Two, including infants and children
  • Maximum occupancy: Three, including infants and children
  • Adding occupants above standard: Additional adult occupants (12 and older) may be added for $25 per night; children younger than 12 are discouraged.
  • Gas fireplace
  • Mini fridge
  • Private bathroom and closet
  • Down comforters and feather pillows


  • King bed
  • Ocean and garden view
  • Private garden patio


  • King bed
  • Ocean and garden view
  • Panoramic bay window

Woodland Rose

  • California king bed
  • Meadow and foothills view

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3:30 p.m.
  • Check out: 10:30 a.m.
  • Parking: Free
  • Rollaways: Available for $25 per night
  • Smoking: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Pets are allowed in select rooms for no additional fee. Contact Inn for more details.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • One-night stay for two in the Headlands, Clifton, or Woodland Rose room with breakfast (up to $285 value)
  • Chocolates ($10 value)
  • Pastries and hors d’oeuvres ($10 value)

    Total value: up to $305

Getting There

  • By plane: 90 miles from Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS); 160 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • By car: About 95 miles northwest of Santa Rosa; about 150 miles northwest of San Francisco

Traveler's Tips

  • Elk and the Sandpiper House Inn may not be labeled—or may not be correctly labeled—on many GPS and smart-phone systems, so keep the innkeeper's phone number handy.
  • Breakfast is served as it's cooked, usually sometime from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., so ask the innkeeper in advance if you would like to dine at a different time.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful place and service
Suzanne S. · July 4, 2012
Thank you for making our stay relaxing!
Lamar T. · June 27, 2012
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