Most visitors to the town of Mendocino and its surrounding areas would agree that it is one of the most scenic and charming regions in all of California. It’s also one of the most romantic. Bill and I recently had the opportunity to go on a romantic getaway to Mendocino and experience Glendeven Inn and its sister property, Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk.
Today I want to share our experience at Glendeven Inn, where we stayed the first night, as well as highlights from our outstanding dinner at The Shared Table.
Mendocino is located on the Northern California coast, about a two hour drive from Sonoma Valley. This tiny bucolic hamlet has less than 900 residents and is a much desired destination for those wanting to experience the scenic coastline, hiking trails and beaches, beautiful Victorian homes, variety of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and more.
Across from Main Street you will find a portion of Mendocino Headlands State Park, which has easy-to-walk foot trails leading to the bluffs. Bill and I always like to walk along the paths while visiting Mendocino and take in the stunning views of the ocean.
Being right on the ocean, Mendocino’s weather can change throughout the day as the fog rolls in and out. The first day we arrived, there was not a cloud in the sky. The temperatures were warm and there was a cool coastal breeze. The next morning, a thick layer of fog came in, but later burned off and the sun reappeared.
After lunch in Mendocino, we did a little sightseeing then checked into Glendeven Inn. Located two miles south of the town of Mendocino, Glendeven Inn is just a 5-minute walk to the beach and a short walkable distance to Van Damme State Park.
This historic 8-acre ocean-view property has an interesting history dating back to 1856, which you can read about on their website. The inn is a peaceful, adult-only property making it the ideal romantic private getaway.
There are three buildings on the property with a total of 10 guest rooms: The Carriage House, The Stevencroft Building and The Farmhouse. We checked in at The Carriage House which has a large guest suite on the upper floor.
The first floor is where you will find the reception desk, an art gallery featuring local art, and Glendeven’s Wine Bar[n]. The Wine Bar[n] offers complimentary wine and light appetizers to guests of Glendeven and Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk each evening. You can also buy bottles of local wines along with snacks throughout the day and shop for a variety of gifts too.
Our room was in The Stevencroft Building, located behind The Carriage House. The Stevencroft Building was built in 1987 from redwood and has four guest rooms. The building is shaped like an “L” so the rooms upstairs and downstairs are not side-by-side but corner-to-corner. No wonder I slept so soundly!
We had the Briar Rose room, located upstairs. Our patio overlooked a bed of yellow flowers, the llama pasture and, beyond that, the ocean.
Near our building is one of two chicken coops on the property, a flower and vegetable garden and a pasture where a herd of six llamas roam around, roll in the dirt, eat grass and one likes to keep check on the chickens in the other chicken coop.
Guests can walk out into the pasture where the llamas are. The herd seemed less than excited to see me and slowly walked in the opposite direction but, after about 5 minutes of taking their photo they didn’t seem to care whether I was there or not. The chickens were a little more receptive – because I came bearing food!
As a chicken owner myself, I was excited to see the flock at Glendeven. We took the little sack of chicken feed, left for us in our guest room, out to the coop and gave the girls an afternoon treat. They were such pretty and colorful hens!
Our Guest Room at Glendeven Inn
Our guest room, the Briar Rose room, was so spacious! It had high ceilings, a sitting area in front of the fireplace, a writing desk and French doors leading to our private deck. It was the ideal place to enjoy the special treats we were surprised with in our room: homemade brownies and a bottle of chilled Roederer Brut from local sparkling wine maker, Roederer Estate.
Our feather bed was heavenly and easily one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The linens were velvety soft too. Along the serenity of the property, it was challenge to get out of bed!
The decor featured original art from local artists, elegant antique furniture, a wood-burning fireplace, plush robes for each of us, and a large bathroom.
The Farmhouse building was built 150 years ago in 1867 and has five guest rooms along with a salon where all the guests of the inn may come to relax, read the paper, or play a game while sipping on hot tea or French press coffee. Fresh baked cookies and other baked goods are also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Bill and I visited the Farmhouse for coffee, then stayed a while to watch the llamas but from afar this time.
Our first night, we dined at The Shared Table. The Shared Table is a twice weekly dining experienced offered by Glendeven Inn and its sister property across the street, Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk where the dinners take place.
The properties’ Private Chef, Jonathan Fussel who was previously the chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Seattle, prepares locally-sourced dinners inspired by the Mendocino region.
The Shared Table is open to the public and serves dinner Thursday and Saturdays November through June, adding a Tuesday service from July through October. Dinner is $65 per person, plus an additional fee for a wine pairing with each course.
We had a complimentary glass of Roederer brut upon arrival, then seated at our table, which we shared with a young couple from Boston. It was a relaxing and intimate setting and our meal was outstanding.
We opted for the wine pairing so we could sample some local wines. Our dinner started with Midnight Farm’s Early Summer Squash with spring onion, rolled oat, and black truffle. It was paired with Nelson Family Vineyards’ 2015 Pinot Grigio.
Next we had Three-cornered Leek Dumplings with flowering broccolini, purple kohlrabi, Meyer lemon which was paired with Fathers & Daughters 2016 “The Dance.”
We were asked to choose an entrée while making our reservation. I selected the Fort Bragg Ling Cod with bok choy, black radish, and King Trumpet mushroom. Later, Chef Jonathan told us he can see the fishing boat he buys his fish from from his window and that my Ling Cod was caught that very morning. Talk about fresh! My dish was paired with Harmonique’s 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
Bill opted for the Kurobuta Pork dish with long bean, marbled potato, and verjus. The pork was melt-in-your-mouth tender. His entrée was paired with Cesar Toxqui’s Split Rock Ranch 2012 Zinfandel.
For dessert, we had Frozen Strawberry Cremeux with buttermilk, piloncillo and rye. Such a beautiful and delectable dessert! I had never heard of piloncillo before. It’s a Mexican unrefined brown sugar and it gave the dessert a bit of sweet crunchiness. The dessert was paired with 2014 Husch Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.
Breakfast delivered to your door
Each morning a complimentary gourmet breakfast is delivered to your door at 9:00 am. This hot three-course breakfast includes an egg dish – using eggs from Glendeven chickens – hot coffee, freshly baked treats, fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit. What a delicious treat!!
I highly recommend Glendeven Inn for a romantic getaway or just to unplug, relax, hike, and enjoy all this beautiful region has to offer. It’s no surprise this stunning property is ranked the #1 inn in the entire county of Mendocino by TripAdvisor. I look forward to returning again and again!
Glendeven Inn is located at 8205 North Highway One in Little River, California. To book a stay or for more information, call 707.937.0083 or 800.822.4536 or visit their website.
The Shared Table experience is open to the public. Call 707-937-0088 to make a reservation.
Later this week I will be sharing our experience at Glendeven Inn’s sister property, Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk as well as some highlights from our day-long customized private wine tasting tour, available for guests to book through Glendeven Inn.
Disclosure: Our stay at Glendeven Inn, Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk and our dinner at The Shared Table were complimentary in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.