Welcome to the Brewery Gulch Inn, an oasis of peace perched on a hillside on the Mendocino coast. If there’s one hotel you want to bookmark for future reference and road trip planning, this is most definitely the one. I arrived there bleary eyed and feeling a little sorry for myself after a long drive and an even longer day. From the minute I walked in I was treated like a member of the family, pointed in the direction of home made scones and warm coffee, then escorted to the Raven room, on the second floor of the inn.
There I opened the window to my private balcony, lit a fire in the fireplace and just sat in a comfortable leather club armchair for an hour, doing nothing. When staring at the Pacific is an option, even the most compelling book becomes irrelevant. From my armchair, I watched the sun set over the rugged Mendocino coast, I listened to the evening birds and welcomed the arrival of a nocturnal and very vocal toad. Eventually, the smell of freshly roasted duck interrupted my day dreaming session and I made my way downstairs for a buffet style dinner in the main lobby. They call it “Wine Time”. It resonates. Dinner was ceremoniously wolfed down with a side of Architectural Digest while deciding on a higher purpose for my dessert. It would be invited upstairs to my room and eaten while sitting in the bathtub (large enough for perhaps 4 people).
Still overlooking the Ocean, but now also fully immersed in water (with added Asprey bath salts) and munching on a creamy parfait, I reached a personal relaxation goal: uninterrupted me time. As a mum, this truly is a rarity. But damn it feels good. I also can’t remember the last time I was able to finish a book in two days. For this only, the Brewery Gulch Inn now has my heart.
That night, I fell asleep at 8:30pm and enjoyed 12h of totally blissful rest. Again, I cannot remember the last time it happened. Perhaps the nocturnal singing toad helped. Perhaps the Brewery Gulch Inn worked its magic. The next day, I was eager to get back on the road for more adventures and I vowed to return to the Inn for a longer stay… and perhaps a night or two in the Serenity Cottage (and a drive around in a Porsche).
Mademoiselle Robot was a guest of the Brewery Gulch Inn & Visit Mendocino