By Jenna Scatena
August 12, 2015
Credit: Dave Mathews

Southern California might be famous for its endless swaths of sandy beaches, but the coast north of San Francisco is lesser known—and that’s part of its draw. That might be changing, though, with the inauguration of the brand new boutique adventure lodge, the Inn at Newport Ranch, opening at the end of this month in Fort Bragg.

Just more than a three-hour drive from San Francisco, the inn is perched on the dramatic, craggy Mendocino coast, where the Pacific clashes with ominous rock stacks in a former lumber town once called Newport. Now, however, it’s been transformed into a 2,000-acre coastal cattle ranch, with a mile of empty oceanfront property and redwood forests rife for exploring.

Credit: Dave Mathews

The preserve boasts 20 miles of meandering trails, best experienced from the top of a horse, mountain bike, or ATV (all available to guests). Meanwhile, ridge-top barbecue picnics and secluded vistas overlook the verdant hills and meadows that slant down to the sea. Post-adventure libations occur around the outdoor fire pits, and gourmet ranch-style cuisine, with vegetables and herbs sourced from the on-site garden and seafood pulled from the Pacific, is served in the bold yet intimate restaurant in the main house.

Credit: Dave Mathews

There are three brand-new modern lodges with cathedral ceilings that provide a bit of architecture eye candy amid the rugged natural backdrop, and perks are strewn throughout them as well as the main inn, such as a hot tub perched on top of a water tower for epic nighttime views, a library, rec room, wraparound porch and terrace, and a great room that seats 50 for meals. Rooms are available individually or by the cabin (from $250 per night).

Jenna Scatena is on the San Francisco Bay Area beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.