The Heritage House Resort
What We Love
- Every room in the resort is carefully placed to provide stellar views of the Pacific
- Guestrooms come with microwaves and empty minifridges for storing the bottles of wine you're bound to acquire along the way
- The houses are built strategically so as not to interrupt the Pacific views
What To Know
- A fully equipped spa is still under construction as part of the resort’s multimillion-dollar renovation; in-room massages are available
- Property is softly lit and has lots of stairs — use the flashlight provided in your room for navigating the grounds at night
- Expect atmospheric misty days throughout most of the year, or visit August through October during Northern California’s sun-drenched Indian summer
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Towering eucalyptus and windswept cypress trees dot the recently renovated Heritage House Resort, an intimate hamlet of deck-lined buildings that roam throughout the property’s 37 coastal acres. Much like the small fishing villages and art colonies that pepper Mendocino County’s colossal cliffside, Heritage House consists of 16 lodge-like buildings that were strategically placed so as not to interrupt the astounding Pacific views. Built in 1877, the original house now hosts a farm-to-fork restaurant and lounge, as well as an archival hallway of glass-encased relics such as die-cast lottery wheels and antique balance scales that hark back to the resort’s “Jewel of the Coast” days.
Bed & Bath
Many of the 47 units have been craftily renovated with high-tech mod cons, rustic walls and furnishings, and wooden decks with Adirondack chairs and ocean views. Sweeping views complement the modern cement-topped wooden area tables, which are accented by delicate pottery lamps. Although the guestrooms lack equipped minibars, they come with microwaves and empty minifridges for storing the bottles of wine you’ll undoubtedly accrue after visiting the Alexander Valley wineries along Route 128. The bathrooms are equipped with E.O. products and coastal views.
Although the wine list is short at the 5200 Restaurant & Lounge, it’s well curated, with award-winning vintages from Alexander Valley and Mendocino. Equally specialized is the farm-to-fork menu, with such must-orders as truffle mushroom risotto and bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the sunset with a glass of vino on the restaurant’s wooden deck, or have a nightcap in front of the restaurant’s large fireplace. In the final phase of the resort’s multimillion-dollar renovation, a day spa will open. Until then, enjoy in-room massages after a trip to the compact fitness area.
In the Area
About 10 minutes south of Mendocino on Highway 1, Heritage House Resort has a prime location on the Pacific cliffs a short drive from the area’s best restaurants and wineries. Take a stroll through Mendocino’s charming historic district, which is peppered with well-kept Victorian buildings that house boutiques and art galleries, including the six at Mendocino Art Center, where you can watch artists-in-residence at work during open studios. Snag a seat on the “Love Bench” at Portuguese Beach to watch the surf swell, followed by breakfast at Thanksgiving Coffee Café and Espresso Bar.
How to Get There
I have been going to the Heritage house since 1976 and there is no way to express the beauty and peaceful feeling just being there. I have turned many on to Heritage House over the years and all come away with the same feeling. This is a very special place as you will see.
We are big fans of the movie "Same Time, Next Year" and so purposefully planned our coastal roadtrip to include this beautiful stop over. One night was not enough. We started with massage appointment right as we arrived (allow more time than the maps tell you that you need). What a perfect way to relax. Our room had sweeping views of the Pacific and the place was like a big hug. We were sorry our plans only let us stay the one night so we are going back ... next time for several days. The staff as very helpful and friendly. The room was immaculate. We have only good things to say about this little bit of paradise.
When we thought the rain was going to ruin our few days away the Heritage House made us forget it all. What a beautiful place to stay.
We stayed in room 48 which had a fireplace, tub, and views over the cliffs and see from every angle.
First night the dinner was great! Nice talking with Joe who made us laugh very hard. Breakfast recommendations from Kevin were amazing and thanks for the great coffee!
We didn’t wanna check out at all but Danyelle made it all less painful.
We definitely will be back!
We had a comfy room with a perfect ocean view where we awoke to the sound of the ocean each day. The property has paths perfect for long walks along the waters edge during the day. The bar and live music were a great way to wind down in the evenings.
My wife and I have wanted to stay here for a long time, and finally did so for two nights this week. We had an ocean view room close to the water and the views from both inside and the outside deck were beautiful. The people working there were very friendly, and helpful regarding places to visit in the Mendocino area. We ate both dinner and breakfast at their on-site restaurant. The food was excellent and the service as well - they didn’t rush you through, allowing you to enjoy the ocean views.