Travel Blogs from Garberville
The three hour drive north from Healdsburg to the Humbolt Redwoods State Park was punctuated with a few stops. The first, Confusion Hill, is a retro-style 'amusement' park whose main drawcards are a gravity-defying treehouse built using optical illusions (some more interesting than others) and the world’s tallest freestanding redwood chainsaw …
The theme for today was flora, fauna, and the merry weather. :D We woke up this morning to the first really good weather the entire trip, meaning no fog. But boy did I have a hard time moving. It's a good thing the weather was so beautiful, or I might not have gotten moving. :D Outside, we got our first good look at the garden outside our building …
We left Fort Bragg with the intention of having lunch at Benbow Inn. We drove north on Highway 1 through Westport a tiny village on a bluff above the ocean. Westport has been through many stages of development but currently has very little to offer. There is grocery store and the century old hotel is being renovated. From Westport the coast highway …
The town of Garberville is a quiet little town with no Internet connection at all. the town is small and there is in general nothing really to do but eat sleep and watch tv. All of which are fine to me after a super long day of hiking in a forest composed of coastal red woods and ferns. They did however have a plave where I could by rhubarb and a dragon fruit which made the 6 hour drive to napa ...
... and twisty road. We are on a day off (Sunday) and plan to investigate the local coastline, tide pools, and a black sand beach.
Our hotel "The Inn at the Lost Coast" is a bluff top ocean front hotel and the views are spectacular.
The ride was 53 miles with over 2100 feet of climbing....riding time was slow as Bill and Brian stopped several times. Here is the Garmin Link for those of ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Benbow Hotel Garberville
My fiance and I just returned from a pre-New Years road trip and consider ourselves fortunate to have found such a gem of an inn in such beautiful surroundings! We arrived during a dounpour of rain, and walking into the Benbow Inn was like walking into an oasis. Our room was a Fireplace King, and the room was huge and cozy with a welcoming fireplace and a view that overlooked our terrace, the Eel River and the back lawn. Dinner and service at the bar and restaurant were outstanding. We ordered in-room massages in the morning, and Emily the massage therapist was great! She set up her massage table in front of the roaring fireplace in our room with the terrace door open to welcome in the sound of rain. It was the perfect topper :) Very romantic and relaxing.
A stay at the Benbow Inn is like stepping back in history. It's really a beautiful place. It's easy to imagine Clark Gable and old Hollywood sitting in the lobby or exploring the gardens. Our room was a bit pricey ($199 for a terrace queen), but the view was beautiful. The terrace had beautiful view of the water and the gardens. The complimentary sherry was a nice touch. They gave us some iced wine as a gift for our honeymoon, with a nice note. We enjoyed the dining room for breakfast, which was a bit overpriced, but tasty.
The only downside was that our bathroom smelled of urine, though everything looked immaculate. Overall, though, a very nice stay. Would recommend it, especially to honeymooners.
Benbow Inn - Jewel of Northern California
Spent two great days at the Benbow Inn, in Norther California. Great ambience, very service oriented staff. The patio restaurant is wonderful, and dining with a view of the river as the sun sets if the perfect end to a day spent in the redwoods.
I will definitely be back.
Just got back from a trip around northern California, and must commend the Benbow Inn for being a civilized oasis. We spent 2 nights there. Our room, a terrace king, was large and comfortable. There have been a lot of posts that mention troubles with uncomfortable beds, but we found ours to be rather new, fairly firm, and comfortable. The complimentary sherry, bottled water, and juice as well as the afternoon wine receptions were very nice touches. The grounds and common areas were inviting and romantic. The restaurant has a very good wine list and served very good food, although the service was a little scattered, but it was a lovely evening so we didn't mind so much. Last but not least the bartender was an excellent conversationalist and mixologist.
Great location; maybe we visited too early in the season.
After the '5 star' treatment in San Francisco it is diffucult to be objective regrding the Benbow.
Our room had a magnificient view over the front aspect but was in need of a make over.
The bathroom was minute.
The restaurant quality went from average to excellent( or maybe it was just our choice of meals).
Our reason for visiting was to see the Avenue of Giants; well worth the trip.
Would be interested to see the Benbow in the summer when the lake is full and the place is fully staffed.
We would recommend this for location but with reservations on rooms and quality of service.
Okay, the place looks nice, the rooms look nice and it's in a pretty place. But, the bed in our fireplace king was old, saggy and our backs hurt after two nights. The room was an "upgrade" from a terrace king on the second floor to a fireplace king on the lower floor. We took it what a mistake. We could hear the person above all night long walking up and down the floors and when they closed their interior doors or drawers the walls shook. The food is okay, kind of overdone on the biscuits but very pricey, nice ambience, charming interiors. TV is a football field or so away from the bed, nowhere to plug in our computer. We were charged over $100.00 for phone calls that our AOL server put through as local but they said they were long distance and charged us 10 cents per minute with a connection fee. Not a nice surprise and no apology. Kind of snooty people at the front desk. I don't think we will stay there again. I stayed there in the 80s and 90s and it was charming. You could still walk the roads around the Inn which are now blocked by privacy gates with no trespassing signs. Too many wealthy people have purchased property there and it's just not the beautiful place it used to be but if you want a unique place to stay, ask for a terrace king on the upper floor, don't use your computer and prepare to pay a hefty price for dinner and you'll probably love it.
A British Country Hotel in California
We spent 3 days here in July. It's truly an historic hotel which reminds us of British Country Hotels.
It's located in the beautiful redwoods country and the scenery is outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed the room and its view, the afternoon tea and the sherry in our room. The staff was very friendly and helpful. When we asked for help with the uncomfortable bed, they were eager to assist us and offered to move us to the only other available room. However, it was a smaller one and we chose to stay in our original room to enjoy the lovely view. So they put extra padding on the bed for us.
A good location for a visit to redwood country.
My husband and I just returned from a stay at the Benbow...What a very special place. We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary there. Upon our arrival the staff had a chilled bottle of wine for us in our room. The grounds were beautifully kept. The restaurant is amazing. The inn does everyhting they can to make you feel like you are the only guests there. The kitchen was closing and they stayed open long enough to accommodate us for a late night dessert to take back to our patio off our room.The lake is a peaceful place and the local people are very friendly...We suggest that you stay in a terrace room or the fireplace king. We saw a few of the rooms during our stay and we loved these rooms..The Benbow is definitely a secret treasure..
Escape to Another World
I have been coming here ever since I was three with my parents and have always adored this place. The rooms are decorated in the Victorian era style in keeping with the vintage of the hotel. There is a lake out back, sometimes dry in summer and lovely gardens that just beg for your mate to pick you a rose from. The interior and dining areas are nothing less than very charming and well appointed. This hotel doesn't feel like one and the staff make every effort to accomodate and please their guests, as it should be! This place is a real gem and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone. Tip: Get a room in the back area, as anything facing the highway will be subjected to the roar of large trucks going by in the distant highway, otherwise perfect!!!!
If your in the middle no where, which is exactly where this place is your in luck!!! It's so charming and romantic. You can sit in the common area and play games or do puzzles while having and apertiff or sit on the lovely balconies overlooking the river. If your considering this place, make it a must!!!! Will return.