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
Because not much has been done to bring the room is up to their former standard, the rate is really good for what you get. But things are a little bit worn and chipped and it’s clear that no effort has been made to modernize the property.
This was a third stop on a road trip down the Pacifc coast. We had booked a 2 room suite. Three feet from the door opening was the first bed, the door did not open into a foyer it was very strange. The bed and pillows were super comfy. The shower in the bathroom required gymnastic maneuvers to get in and out, it was super high, and had a 2 foot gap. The water pressure was decent. Would I stay here again, probably not, it was just a bit to off kilter for me.
Beautiful location and our room was excellent. Excellent value for this price, and I hope you will be able to keep within this price range for the foreseeable future. We hope this property will include food/dining options in the room rate. The location can't be beat. Rooms are beautifully furnished.
Great location. We booked the suite #6, which had an unbelievable view.Dinner at the restaurant was excellent and far above average. Everybody is very friendly and ready to service us. I can only recommend this resort for a relaxing weekend
For decades The Heritage House was always the number one spot, but it soon went into disrepair and eventually closed. Since its reopening over 3 years ago it has again become one of the best places to stay in the area. The rooms have all been renovated and are quality e comfy with working fireplaces. The ocean view rooms on the Southern end of the property provide unobstructed views of the ocean and if you are there in late Sept early Oct and get the perfect weather you can watch the sun go down with whale sign. The new cook (Oct 2018) has upped the quality of the food too.