Howard Creek Ranch
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... 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 lots were full and we had to drive ...
... to happen & this was discovered when making a claim our insurance would actually be void... Surprise! So we explained that we're living out of the motorhome and have no fixed address - she was really nice, she got our situation totally and couldn't do more to help us. In the end she rang the underwriters to ask for clarification that what she'd set up for us was all correct and to get authorisation that we could have that address listed and our insurance would all be ok. So ...
... 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 ...
... too short to my opinion after so much time spent climbing. I arrived at Leggett, home of the famous Drive-Thru Tree; the only living tree where you can drive your car through. The rain had stopped yet as I was seating down to eat, it started again. I had to take refuge in the souvenir shop to be able to eat in a dry area. I then stood under a small roof for 45 minutes while the rain was pouring ...
Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1 in Mendocino County in Northern California. Here we ...
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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.