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
Ask for unobstructed panoramic view room. So many trees could block your best ocean view. The view was so beautiful, we wanted to cancel rest of the trip to Oregon and stay there for the rest of our vacation if people weren't waiting for us in Oregon.
We stayed at the Heritage House in May. We usually stay at Little River Inn but "our" favorite room was not available so we chose the Heritage House. I can't say enough about the grounds. Absolutely beautiful. We travel with our dog and there was so many walking trails along the bluff. It was wonderful. Beautiful. There is a small beach down a long steep staircase. Go down there at low tide. There are tide pools!! We saw sea urchins, star fish. It was so neat. So I gave the Heritage House 4 stars for the grounds. For the rooms....probably 3 stars. We were put in a room #57 that was very small. We felt crowded with us, our dog and luggage. No table to sit at. The bathroom had missing tile in the shower. The only nice thing about that room was the deck and view. BUT you kinda share the deck with room next door. Just a lattice piece between you. We complained and the staff really tried to please us by having a small table brought to the room for us BUT there was no room for that!!! So we were given an upgrade into a bigger room. #49 Now this room was very roomy. We did give up the magnificent view we had in the other room for a treed view of a cove but that was ok. The room had a sunken bath tub with a window with a view of the cove. It was nice. We were a bit disappointed in the service. There are NO trash cans around the property. We had trash from a pizza we got and could not find any place to throw it away. So since we did not need our room cleaned that day before we left for the day (Left do not disturb on door) we bagged up the trash and left it outside our door thinking house cleaning would come by in the morning. We got back around 3:00 and the trash was still there and something got into it and spread it all over the deck and stairs. NOTE: House cleaning did not show up until 3:30-4:00. The restaurant just so-so. Beautiful views. We had breakfast there. Were not too impressed. One afternoon we stopped by the bar to order a drink and sit outside on the deck there. No one was around. Finally found someone. He made me the worst bloody mary! But it was drinkable. We sat and drank our drinks. Then left the glasses on a small table on the deck. Next morning....empty glasses still there. So as you can read.....grounds are amazing, condition of resort needs some updating, service not so good. BUT the ladies at the front desk were very nice. I think if I stayed there again I would request Rooms 43,44,45 or 46. They are duplex like and right on the bluff. OR I would request one of the newer built rooms.
The grounds are lovely, the views spectacular, the food scrumptious, the staff conscientious and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to come back. We told our family and they all want to come for the same beautiful experience.
This historic property is one in a million. Excellent and friendly staff, eager to please,
nostalgic feeling. Grounds are well kept. Delicious crab benedict, oatmeal, coffee and attention to detail with room service. We attended a family wedding the views tremendous!
Same time next year!
Never have we had the kind of Service we received from Danielle. .Front Desk..from the moment I called to confirm our reservation for our 5 days vacation...til the day we checked out...we felt so welcomed and it was all from her Heart..Thank you all!