A Lincoln Log treehouse. A rustic refuge refined in restoration and homage. Brewery Gulch Inn is a Mendocino manifest of preservation and tribute, standing as steward, an eco-conscious construction of relaxation, regeneration and ever restful reverence.
So, it’s not actually composed of Lincoln logs, but for sure that was the nostalgic thrill that initially captivated me. It is composed of 150-year-old redwood timber eco-salvage, pulled from Mendocino’s Big River. And it was this recover and mill mission that laid the literal and figurative foundation for the eco-centric ethos that defines the Brewery Gulch Inn experience.
So, if the lodge exterior is what lures you, that stunner of a Great Room will grip you and keep you. Sun drenched from the top down (complements of the three storied skylight) and the sides in (those 13ft French doors), it is a woodland scene awash in aglow. The invitation to plunk down in an overstuffed craftsman chair, help yourself to a pastry (available all day), some coffee (that too), maybe a selection from the 500+ DVD collection, somewhere situated around the shipbuilder built four-sided steel and glass fireplace, is irresistible. Or you can sit outside on weathered wooden chair. And be inside the view.
The guest rooms are just as thought driven. Set in soothing tones, deep chocolate browns and warm wheats, all but the Meadowood Suite feature an ocean view. A gas fireplace, a down comforter and pillows, Asprey and Molton Brown amenities – the flowers are fresh and the club chairs are leather. The rooms succeed in extending the want for an extended stay.
And on par with the environs inside and outside those redwood trimmed doors. Executive Chef Stephen Smith brings his (James Beard recognized) excellence into the Brewery Gulch Inn kitchen. A hallmark of seaside and seasonally driven creations, both the breakfast offerings and evening provisions are remarkable.
Conservationists will feel so at peace here. Thoughtfulness diffuses throughout, from construction to completion, habitat is honored foremost. In my experience there aren’t a lot of locations that allow you to feel like it’s the planet you’re healing while you’re vacating. This one does.
Novelty nourishes something so vital within us. The feeling, the awakening, it is so powerful, and maybe never more apparent as when we travel. Mendocino is a small town. It conveys that rustic coastal quaint that we can easily forget, is actually real. Meadow set, with the deer and the hummingbirds and the Pacific, is you. First time or returning regular, it will leave you feeling like something you didn’t know you were missing has been replenished and restored.
And you, revitalized.
Brewery Gulch Inn, 9401 North Highway One, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States.
Tel: +1(707) 937-4752 / +1 800-578-4454
The closest airport is San Francisco International (SFO) which is about a 3½ hour drive north. Take the 101 to the 128 to the 1, just before Mendocino. Free self-parking is available.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Inn
Number of Rooms: 10 rooms
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: If you’re traveling with kids, request a connecting room. They have one room that accommodates four.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Jolie Loeb