Brewery Gulch Inn Mendocino

Brewery Gulch Inn Mendocino

Thomas Heinser
Thomas Heinser

brewery gulch inn, mendocino

Standing on the balcony of the Osprey Room at the Brewery Gulch Inn might satisfy a lingering childhood fantasy of living in a tree fort. A mile south of the historic California town of Mendocino, on a bluff bordered by pine, fir, and hemlock, the inn overlooks verdant meadows and the Pacific Ocean. The redwood-shingled, three-story structure was built from 150-year-old timber eco-salvaged from the bottom of Mendocino's Big River—a 19-year project that was finished this year by owner Arky Ciancutti, a self-confessed "wood freak." All 10 bedrooms (each named for one of the region's birds or trees) have ocean views, Craftsman-style furniture, down comforters, and fireplaces; most have private decks.

The Great Room (shown here), with its oversized steel-and-glass fireplace, is an ideal spot for playing backgammon, critiquing local wines, or indulging in a breakfast of brioche French toast with vanilla-bourbon maple syrup. For outdoor adventures, have the concierge book a kayak tour of sea caves or a guided horseback ride on the beach—or simply go hug a redwood. Brewery Gulch Inn, 9401 Hwy. 1 N., Mendocino, Calif.; 800/578-4454, fax 707/937-1279; doubles from $150.

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