Where to Stay in Mendocino: Brewery Gulch Inn

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The view from our room!

The sweet greenery by the entrance of Brewery Gulch

Dinner + Wine hour!

Breakfast with the yummiest juices and smoothies

I just haaaad to purchase a mug to take home

The view from our window

Their little garden out back

To be honest I’m not really even sure where to start this post, because our Mendocino trip was breathtaking! I’ll go into more our full trip later, but for now let me talk about our first stop in the north coast, Brewery Gulch Inn.

Brewery Gulch Inn is kind of like this storybook land where all your dreams come true. It is so cozy and inviting, but it doesn’t stop there. Personal touches are sprinkled throughout your entire stay.

Upon arrival, we walked up to their front desk to check in and were immediately offered ginger candies, as the road can be kind of twisty-turny. As someone who suffers from motion sickness, this was the first of many A+es within our stay. We were then given our keys AND 2 post cards already stamped to send to whomever we chose. This touch really set Brewery Gulch apart. I mean how cool is that? Mail is so fun and not many people send post cards anymore. I should have sent one back to myself informing me to return to Brewery Gulch immediately!

The room we stayed in is called The Lookout. It has these perfect little windows (as you saw above) that literally look out over the back patio and the ocean view. As we entered the room, there was champagne and California made caramels out for us. Sea salt caramel is a weakness of mine. Lucky for me they sold the same caramels (le bon garcon) in the gift shop too! Back to our room, it was spacious, had a tv and fireplace, in addition to a good sized bathroom as well! As a fashion blogger, I typically bring a lot more stuff than I need, in order to shoot and a good sized room is super important!

We arrived around 4:30, which was just in time, as shortly after that Brewery Gulch begins wine hour and what they call a light buffet. They had wine from the region, along with the yummiest salad, veggies, pesto chicken, pasta salad, and bread. Later in the evening they bring out dessert - our daily special ended up being vegan chocolate cake! During dinner we made friends with another couple - Tony and Rachel from Miami. (hi guys if you’re reading this!) We stayed up and talked awhile, but eventually retired to our room. We started a fire and popped in a DVD (BG has a library of DVDs for you to “check out” and enjoy, along with tons of board and card games!) and fell asleep.

The next day we woke up before the sun so we could catch it rise. The north coast is so ruggedly beautiful and coupled with the sunshine and fog, it’s a real show stopper. We enjoyed the sunrise with tea and coffee along with fresh pastries! BG puts out homemade goodies every morning around 7:30. The morning we were there “blackberry cream cheese purses” were the feature. TO DIE FOR. Shortly after that, we went back in to the main dining area and ordered breakfast. I had a creamy smoothy and Nick had probably the best apple juice I’ve ever tasted. Our breakfast did not disappoint either. I cannot say enough good things about their chef and meals.

Unfortunately that was really it for our stay at Brewery Gulch - too short! BG is the place you want to go to retreat from the rest of the world. It’s tucked away from the the town. It only has 10 rooms, so it’s very intimate. I would also go here if you are a foodie, because the food speaks to the California produce and to your stomach ;) In 2018 alone, Travel + Leisure named Brewery Gulch one of the top five resorts in California, one of the top ten resorts in the U.S. and one of the top one hundred hotels in the world. You seriously can’t go wrong with a trip to Mendocino and a stay at Brewery Gulch!! Already trying to plan when we can go back ;)

P.S. If you like history this is a good option too! The Inn is made out of 150+ year old sinker logs that were found preserved in mud in the bottom of Big River during anearthquake retrofitting project. Also the inn sits on the original farmstead of Mendocino pioneer Homer Barton.

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