Howard Creek Ranch
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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.
A beautiful hideaway
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.
The energy of the coastal hills, with the fog rolling over them; the roar of the ocean waves on the beach, while sea otters peek their heads out of the waves, watching you watch them;
the silence of the redwood forest, with its magical beauty and mystic air;
the creek winding its way home through blackberries (yum) and alders.
Will a wild fox appear, a skunk, a porcupine or a deer, or maybe one of Sally's kitties? The llama and Navaho sheep are great fun to watch. I love all the birds in Sally's garden!
Antiques are everywhere, as is fitting an historic landmark. The car in the blackberries and an old tractor are two of my favorites outside!
Inside, antiques and memorabilia (I especially like the old, huge, moose head!) in the old farm house, or in one of the incredibly, artistc creations of Sunny's individually designed redwood rooms.
Each room is clean, completely unique, and offers its own beauty and peaceful retreat. Some are rustic and simple. Some are comfy and cozy. Some are exquisite. Captain and Carriage are my favorites. Willow is great, when I bring my dog.
A work in progress, I'm amazed to see what Sunny has built or added from year to year. A hiking trail, a balcony, a new room, a hot tub?
You can chat with folks, see what's happening around the ranch or you can disappear into the wonders of mother earth's gifts.
It's the best deal on the coast if you like to get away, and de-stress from the world's hectic pace! I love it there, and only wish I could go more often or stay longer when I do.
Not a Good Value
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.
So, if you want to experience very remote, laid-back, messy, funky, time warp to the early '70's, this is the place. If you want a traditional B&B experience at a clean, beautiful farm by the sea, this isn't it.
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.
Fabulous and funky
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.
We have put accurate photos on our web site. We certainly do not want to mislead anyone. Photos, like everything, are subjective. People see what they want to see. Yes, we realize that things can look pretty disorganized sometimes, but many people return year after year just to see the progress we have made.
The sea air is extremely heavy with moisture. We are putting dehumidifiers everywhere because the salt air causes "sea smells" that people do not understand. This only happens occasionally, but being 200 feet from the ocean at sea level means living with sea air.
Our rooms are clean and inviting, not "creepy". The rooms are, of course, cleaned daily. We try to have no cobwebs, but sometimes its quite a battle. We use organic bug spray. I would have been happy to deal with them. I hate them as you seem to.
I'm sorry you were not satisfied. I firmly believe that Inns are different and that visitors need to research the Inns and pick the one that fits them. Yes, we are different. I would not have it any other way. A guest can look at what is under construction, or at what is finshed. We are the only Inn I know of where you can walk for hours through the hills and redwoods on completely clean trails with no litter or debris. We may have ongoing work, but we offer a unique experience.
I do not believe in ghosts and certainly do not allow them here on our lovely farm. I do believe in this very particluar instance I would have returned your money, and not help you to our cancelation policy.
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.
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