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Historical Traveler Reviews Victorian Inn Ferndale
Nicest Inn in Ferndale! Their hospitality was unbelievable! We arrived at this Inn late one night after we realized the Inn we had reservations at was closed. We were extremely stressed out and wondering where we were going to stay after our five hour drive from San Francisco. The owners introduce themselves, without hesitation, and were able to set us up in the room overlooking Main Street with a fireplace. We stayed here two nights and were highly impressed with the breakfast and the afternoon wine and cheese. They were very knowledgeable about the area and referred us to some excellent restaurants in the area and told us about the very scenic Lost Coast drive. We would definitely recommend this to all tourists! Only a short drive to the Humbolt Redwoods State Park and the Avenue of the Giants. Quaint Inn in adorable Victorian town with superb customer service!
My husband and I were on 5 day a trip to the "lost coast" and redwoods. Ferndale was our last destination, Monday.
Without reservations for Sunday night we drove through Honeydew and Petrolia and ended up in Ferndale 1 night early.
We arrived 7:45pm, tired,unkempt,hungry. The lovely innkeeper, Jenny, welcomed us. The room was what you hope for but rarely get. Cozy and warm. The history of the building is reflected in the furnishings. Sooooo comfortable. Quiet.
This is an old bank building, not an old home. It's set up more like a hotel. However, it's an old grand hotel. We felt like 1920 movie stars!
We had dinner in Curley's downstairs. Outstanding.
Breakfast, in a beautiful room (included in price) was also great.
We were incredibly lucky happening upon this inn.
We can't wait to go back!
A GREAT PLACE TO STAY
We have stayed at the Victorian Inn a number of times and each time
we enjoy it a little bit more. Our rooms are alway clean and every detail is taken care of. The Innkeepers always make us feel like we are welcome friends. We would recommend this inn as a very special
place to stay if you are in this area.
Cold and Dark
We recently spent a night at the Victorian. We were looking for someplace near the national parks and forests. If you're into B&B's and quaint historic inns, you'll like this place. Not me. The large ornate building sits on the main road in a downtown area. We should have known right off the bat that something was "different" here when we were told there was no off-street parking. "Just park along the curb or across at the gas station," we were told. After checking in at the "reception" desk (which doubles as a jewelry store), we carried our own bags up a set of stairs into a cold dark hallway. The floors are creaky, the trim is dark, and the ceilings are high. The room was very clean, but there was no TV. Although it was a cool night, there was no air conditioning or ceiling fan. A sign in the room said that we "share" hot water with other guests, and we apparently share the "party line" phone. Another sign warns guests about a loud siren from the local fire house. This is the call for the volunteer firefighters. Thankfully, it did not set off during the night. The "lounge" is another dark, cold area with no TV, not comfortable seating, and a few board games. Everything in town closes at dusk, except for the restaurant and bar at the hotel.
We were about 45 minutes from the nearest national or state park. There seem to be very few other lodging options in this area.
Yes, we are a quaint and historic B&B/Inn, built in 1890 and still elegant. We are ornate, and on the Main Street. However, although many guests park on the street, all are offered the option of the US Bank parking across the street.
Yes, the ceilings are high (14 ft) and the trim is dark (original Queen Ann carved Victorian redwood). And most people stare and take pictures, inspired by the beauty and craftsmanship in them.
As stated, there are no TV's in the rooms (Jenny says they do not fit with the decor). However, each room has a 64 channel cable and as mentioned in our guest information book, all one has to do is request one we'll bring it in for them.
No, there is no air conditioning...no Inn in Ferndale has air conditioning. We are in a very temporate climate, roughly 60 to 71 degrees all year. We don't need air conditioning.
The other listed complaints fall into the same general category...most not reasonably to be expected in a timeless Victorian atmosphere and town. We'll certainly do our part and try harder to make everyone's stay a positive one, and to avoid mis-understandings.
Lastly, The Avenue of the Giants, possible the most awesome continous panorama of the Giant Redwoods to be seen, begins not 15 minutes south of us...not 45 minutes as stated by the reviewer, and Founders Grove, Giant Tree and the rest of Humboldt Redwoods State Park is right in the middle of it.
My parents and I stayed at the Victorian Inn July 9th in the Viola McBride room. The room with it's pastel blue and cream interior made us feel as if we were in an authentic Victorian bedroom. We met the owners of the inn during the daily wine, cheese, and sausage meeting by the fireplace and found them very friendly and hospitable. They offered to help us find a restaurant in the area by calling for a reservation and told us about their experience during the making of The Majestic. The Jim Carrey film was shot almost entirely in Ferndale. We ended up dining at Curleys, the onsite restaurant where we had a lovely dinner. There is also a nice jewelry store on the premises with lots of unique and beautiful pieces. Had I had a little more disposable income during this trip I probably would have bought something.
On Sunday morning we had a truly delicious breakfast with a casserole/frittata like egg, cheese, sausage (and grits or bread?) entree plus fruit, granola, bagels, toast and of course juice and coffee. My tastes are a bit discriminating so I had to mention the breakfast. Delicious! I think I may have to email the inn for the recipe!
Overall, we highly recommend this endearing Victorian inn if you're planning on staying in Ferndale.
Loud and Not Peaceful!
My husband and I checked into the Victorian Inn, hoping to find a place to relax. Unfortunately, outside the rooms is a loud, high-pitched kitchen exhaust fan. We immediately informed the inn keeper and was told it would go off at 9:30 pm. It didn't turn off until 10:21 pm. As far as we are concerned, the room was inhabitable until the fan was turned off. We tried to mask the sound with the ceiling fan and music, but no luck. If you choose to stay here, I would specifically ask if they have done something about their noise problem. The inn keepers were uninterested and unresponsive in solving their noise issue.
A great treat
We had the pleasure of staying here in the middle of a rainstorm. I had been wanting to come to Ferndale for years, and this was the first chance we had.
We actually had booked a room nearby, but then decided we wanted to stay in town, and I am so glad we did.
Lowell was great. We wandered in out of the rain and he couldn't have been nicer. He gave us a great room and lots of info on the area, and his wife and I had a lovely chat about quilting
The room was really clean and comfortable. The bathroom was very large.
There is a parlor/room with cookies, cocoa, tea, and FREE internet, as well as books and a few games and it is available all the time.
It was a wonderful inn and we look forward to staying there again.
I had a most wonderful time at the Victorian Inn. Although it has been a couple years since my stay, I still remember one of the greatest weekends I have ever had. The room was rustic, and the decor was fantastic. I still remember the down filled comforter. The food in the returante was fantastic, and the service was great! We then finished our night in the lounge, where we met some of the greatest people. I would highly recomend this place for a weekend get away.
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