We often talk about where in the world we’d like to retire (because we’re ready to just hangoutwitheachotherallthetimerightnow) and most of the time, our locale ends up being somewhere in Europe. The exception being Mendocino County in Northern California because Northern California is undeniably beautiful. Plus there are wine regions every where and San Francisco. Every time we’re in the Mendocino area, it’s so calm and relaxing and this particular trip wasn’t any different. We stayed at the Inn at Newport Ranch, complete with luxury robes, daily 5 o’clock wine + cheese hour, and watching sunsets over the ocean from the hot tub. There was really no reason to leave the property. Take me back..
We stayed in the Captain’s Quarters above the main house and woke up in the mornings to a panoramic view of the Pacific. Just outside our bedroom door was a deck leading up to the hot tub. We timed our evenings around the sunset in that hot tub. As the light began to touch the horizon, we threw on our swimsuits and grabbed a bottle of wine to watch the full show. It’d be another hour of prune-y skin and purple lips before the show would end.
It’s funny how long it takes to set and how quickly it disappears at the very end, as if you’ve been anxiously awaiting to see the grand finale only to blink and you’ve missed it. But you certainly didn’t. You were witness to the sunset over the Pacific Ocean and part of the select few who get to see the last of the sun. Every day. To see the sunset over the Pacific Ocean is nothing to be taken lightly. I don’t think I ever understood the West Coast magic until I got here.
The Inn at Newport Ranch
Fort Bragg, CA
The decor is what I like to refer to as woodland luxe. It’s got this great wilderness feel being surrounded by the ocean and rugged coastline and 2,000 private acres of forest and hills and trees that bears have scratched the bark off of. Thankfully we only saw cattle and deer during our visit.
Much of the wood used throughout the cabins was constructed from the redwoods and old logs left over from when the area was a logging town. The Inn at Newport Ranch is actually named after the original logging town from the 19th century.
We were treated to an ATV tour of the ranch for a peek into the 25 miles of trails on the property.
We stopped just before the top of the ridge at a plateau marked by a short, white, picket fence around. It was the cemetery from the original town. Headstones marked ‘Smith’ and smaller headstones with very short dates engraved. We were told that, in the Spring, flowers fill up the area within the picket fence from years and years of people leaving their sentiments.
At the top of the ridge, the view of the coastline is miles upon miles of beauty. And through the trails, you’ll pass spring fed baths and redwoods the width of a fun jump!
Thank you to the Inn at Newport Ranch for welcoming us so warmly.
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