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
No matter where you look, the views at this resort are spectacular. Our room had sliding doors with comfy chairs to enjoy the view plus a fireplace to keep it cozy. It also had a deck if you wanted to enjoy the view sitting outside with your drink. The amenities were first rate with a beautiful restaurant with views everywhere. Service was excellent. They say they are pet friendly and mean it with a welcome bag for pup. The resort is still undergoing renovations and the only downside was the bland decor in the room. Hopefully this is in the works
Mendocino is first class and a super location to get to.same time next year film inspired this choice of hotel.sadly the memorabilia is pretty much zero!
One photo on mantelpiece! Should really make more of this heritage.
The film plays on a loop on channel one of the Tv but sadly wasn’t working during our stay!
Super location and room was fine but slight worn. Feels like the whole place needs more money and time lavished on it.
Had great massage from gabby in spa.
Food areas didn’t impress us and so we ate out.
Vegan restaurant local.
Walks in grounds. Beautiful and nice touch with wood burners in gardens and s’mores!,
Lovely place. Trip of a lifetime ! Sadly just not a 10/10.
Keep trying, lovely staff too!!
The BEST customer service & absolutely beautiful and charming property. Just gorgeous! If I could give 10 stars I would. I travel a lot. On an ad box vacation with my wife and booked a king room w/ ocean view last minute. Once here wanted to stay another night, maybe 2. Talked with Sarah B. Not only was that taken care of efficiently. It was Labor Day weekend and packed mind you. Was upgraded to the best room on the property with the most stunning view for even less money. Seals, whales, private beach, private cove, awesome! Not only that was introduced to the chef and lounge manager. Given not only the normal room service menu but another “special” menu with considerably more & new options, was arranged laundry service (which we definitely needed), arranged his/her spa packages when still fully booked, my room packed up and moved and every possible thing they could do to make this just a wonderful stay without having to even ask much less negotiate. I’m not saying this will be or can be true of every situation, only that they truly care and will certainly try. They have a customer for life! Thank you Sarah B, Sarah C, Karmin & everyone else! The best!