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
My wife and I have been visiting Mendocino for decades. We have typically stayed at Little River or nearby properties. I had never stayed at HH. Last time I had looked it was pretty pricey. It has changed ownership and the room rate is now on par with other nearby properties. My daughter selected HH for her wedding. We visited for a food tasting and left asking "why haven't we been staying here?". A month later my wife was diagnosed with cancer. I started looking for a place for her to recover after surgery and chemo. She wanted to be by the ocean and have views and easy access to good food. HH was a God send. We usually came up mid week so rates were good. The staff was unbelievably kind and supportive. The rooms were great and the views could not be beat. When my wife was up for it we could walk parts of the 30 acres. Once we ventured down to adjacent Dark Gulch Beach. She loved the salmon for dinner. We visited a half dozen times between March and October. A moment to address critics in the other reviews. The lack of screens on the sliders is a damned if you do (block the view) damned if you don't (ventilation challenge). It's Mendo. Most days and nights are cool. Sometimes we just left the slider open a little, no big deal. There are a couple of "rotten" buildings. It's the legacy of the recession. The property sat idle for a number of years. A few buildings are not used pending reconstruction. Every month we visited, more work was being done on the gardens and buildings. Again no big deal, they are moving in the right direction. Otherwise, the rooms and property are great! We enjoyed the Deerfield side of the property when we were able to bring our dog. My wife is now in remission. Just in time for my daughter's October wedding! What a venue! The ceremony was on the bluff with the coast as a backdrop. The reception was on-site. We had a sit down for around 100 guests. Around 5:30 PG&E shut off the power (fire danger). The staff was prepared. The dinner and reception proceeded by candlelight (there was a generator for the kitchen and entertainment). The staff made it feel like the candlelight dinner was part of the plan. Dinner and service was excellent. It could not have been more beautiful! Our guests loved the property and wedding. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary in a couple of weeks. Given how precious time has become, I told my wife I would take her anywhere. There is only one place that she wanted to be. If you need a place to slow down, quiet your mind and restore your body and spirit, HH is the place. If you do, look for a couple playing scrabble at a window table in the bar. Say Hi! First round is on me.
We were able to find this hotel on Hotel's Tonight on our drive exploring up the coast. We ended up staying an additional night due to our love of this property, beach access, delicious and beautiful restaurant and bar with beautiful ocean view. Would highly recommend this hotel. Large spacious room, with nice patio and outdoor seating.
Paid way way too much for this place. Mattress was terrible, shower awful, bathtub didn’t work. Curtains were older than myself, not close to anything walking distance. Our private room... shared a deck. Only reason that I gave them 2 stars was because of the view. Otherwise, this place was trash! Driving to our room was like driving by rotten buildings... turns out they were. Just gross for 400 a night