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
Lovely resort right on the coast. All of the rooms have ocean cove views that are outstanding. Each room has a fireplace, large screen TV and balcony. Our room was very private an we had a great view. Had one problem with the fireplace upon check in an it was fixed within the hour. They even offered us another room if they could not fix the problem. We did have dinner at the on site rest. an the food was okay. However good wine selection from local wineries and cocktails. Would go back again.....
Impressive ocean views. Pleasant rooms. Felt very private as rooms are spread out over large property. Very nice stay. Would highly recommend the place to others who might visit the Mendocino area. Loved it!
Our room and its location were spectacular. The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job. We loved the rain shower and ocean-view, deep soaking tub. The front desk staff was not particularly welcoming. We were kept waiting even though there were no other guests being helped. At check-out, the staff was also not very friendly. That experience makes us hesitant to return.
The room was nice and updated. Perfect ocean view from the room. The resort has nice walking trails along the coast. Excellent restaurant with great views.and resonable prices. Freindly staff and excellent service
This was our third trip to Heritage House. I wrote a glowing review the first time we were there, the rooms are amazing and improvements are continuing on the property...on the second stay I really wanted to mention a Special Staff member because he made our stay even better than the first visit & then I spaced out & didn’t review that stay...On this visit(6/17-6/19, 2018)we were so happy to see him again, knowing that people move on, especially when young. His name is Luke and he is stellar in making us feel welcome and well cared for. He clearly knows his job well, is professional, courteous and friendly. He takes time to answer questions about the property and quickly addresses any request. This is a young man who gives us hope, for he has manners, conscientiousness, integrity and Heritage House is lucky to have him in their employ. Yes, the facility is beautiful, the views unbeatable, but staff members can make or break an experience. Luke is who made two of our visits impeccable! We love this phenomenal Jem by the sea!
P.S. Luke served us a beautiful breakfast... so nice to have a restaurant on site that serves really terrific eats!