Howard Creek Ranch
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... is San Francisco after all. After a quick shower and breakfast, we packed up our minivan and headed out of the city on highway 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge. We had a four hour drive to Westport Beach, CA, so we decided to stop in Muir Woods just North of San Francisco on the way.
We drove down a long windy road down to Muir Woods Park and found out just how popular this place was: all parking ...
... catch me on border security hehe!!! So after being in there for about an hour we were allowed into the States and finally back on the road. It was a pretty boring drive - straight down the I-5 Highway till we got to Mount Vernon where we had to take a detour from the bridge collapse last week. Was it on the news back home? It's pretty scary coz we drove over it last time we were here and pretty much all the bridges on the I-5 are the same so they say it could happen to any of ...
... on the Oregon side if the border. Not far past there, we turned inland for a few miles to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, & the Smith River Wilderness area. We found the Howland Hill Road through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods, & drove through there with our mouths open & completely awed. Those trees are truly magnificent! It's hard to believe that the whole of this northern coast was once covered in them, even up into southern Oregon. Photos just won't do them ...
... was right in front of me so I asked one of the staff at the entrance and they had still some availability for one night. I right away got a reduced price and I was so happy. Suddenly I had a bellboy helping me to store my bike and wash my bags full of dirt and sand and he helped me carrythe bags to my room. Then I entered the room. Wow, wow, wow!!! An old style country house room with two tall ...
... whole day roll over me – read, sit and gaze at the beauty around me, take walks without feeling like I need to “exercise” to justify the indulgence.
So, as the rain plays its tune on the top of my van, I’ve thrown some stuff in the crockpot to make chili for my lunch (and probably enough for dinner, snack and leftovers). It smells good (lots of Creole seasoning) and helps keep things warm. Ahhh, the rain ...
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- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Creek Ranch Westport
Unique hand-crafted beauty amid gorgeous natural features
Howard Creek Ranch is not your usual bed and breakfast. Its setting, quite near the ocean and the wildness of Mendocino County forests, is spectacular. Sally and Sonny Grigg are great hosts. That this place is a "labor of love" is obvious. There are lovely antiques and there are very interesting and attractive hand-crafted furnishings as well. I stayed in the very spacious "solar room," and I loved the hand-made bed (with a very comfortable mattress), the gas fireplace, the closeness to the hot-tub, the many windows and other features.
What a glorious place to rest, relax, and just be. There is so much nature to absorb there, that I always want to stay for days and days and days.
We were at Howard Creek Ranch in fall 05. Their web site is very misleading. Shows a beautiful, pristine farm site. What we found was a former (or possibly still) COMMUNE hung over from the early 70s and looking it. Inside, our room was beautifully crafted and clean. Other rooms we saw were downright musty-creepy! Outside, the unfinished repair projects mentioned in this guide in early 05 were still undone months later and the grounds were strewn with tools, piles of this and that, etc. Many building projects were obviously YEARS undone. Food was okay. PRICES ARE WAY TOO HIGH FOR WHAT IT IS.
This B&B is a very special one. It was very clean and comfortable and the breakfast was scrumptious and very high quality. The owners were really very nice, friendly, and warm. The grounds are lovely in a very natural way...the plants are a bit overgrown and not perfectly manicured, but are abundant with flowers and beautiful nonetheless. It is also just a short walk on a trail to a beautiful beach. I will definately return to this B&B. They also have an excellent handicap accessible room.
This place is really cool. We have gone back twice. It is true what another reviewer wrote that there are construction projects going on and that the buildings are old. But they are really, really neat too! The main house and awesome garden are worth visiting, and the rooms are all a bit different. The main areas are filled with neat stuff, and naturewalks around the area are great. A few miles down the road are some of the best tidepools I have ever seen when the tide is low. We really enjoy this place and have gone back with similar results. The first time we went on a shoestring budget, and brought food to BBQ for dinner and sandwich stuff for lunch. It worked out really well. They provide wood and a choice of grills or firepits and we weren't bothered a bit. For someone who wants to get away from the mainstream and visit an eclectic, out-of-the-way charmer of a place, this is it! Oh, and the food is great.
Rustic and laid back
Just got back from a long Memorial Day weekend stay and had a great time. It is true that if you are looking for a pampered retreat, this is not it. But for my fiance and I the "getting back to nature" and eclectic feel was what we needed. The food was plentiful and good, the hot tub hot. The somewhat remote location is also unique (although plenty of RV campers were nearby for the holiday weekend). And don't miss the Skunk Train, horseback rides on the beach, and canoeing along the Big River close by!
We were charged $150 for the night. I was completely taken aback upon arrival to discover a ramshackle run-down building with construction projects going on everywhere the eye fell. Our room smelled musty and had cobwebs and dim lighting. Now, some people might like this kind of atmosphere, but I couldn't stand it. We didn't check out, because we would have lost $75. But, I'm warning you -- the website gives no indication of the shape it is in. And by the way, it's probably haunted.
Relaxing with Character
Stayed there last weekend and it was very relaxing. It is about 200 yards from the ocean on a lonely stretch of Highway 1. Each room/cabin has a lot of character. I especially recommend the boathouse for those looking for a quaint & cosy time. Slightly quirky but highly recommended by those that we ran across and we had a blast.