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“Magical Spring Getaway”
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Fensalden Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Albion B&B and Inns
Westminster, Colorado
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“Magical Spring Getaway”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

Fensalden Inn is a magical and welcoming bed and breakfast. Chris treated us like family and we felt quite at home. They were available to our needs, but not intrusive. Our room was lovely. We chose the Headlands on the ground floor. It had a private sitting porch, with views of the property and Pacific Ocean. Bedding I could sink into after a long day of touring. The heater was warm and efficient when we used it in the mornings. The bathroom felt homey too. Nice that each room has a private bath. Priceless. The view was breathtaking and the grounds tranquil. The game and puzzle room had lots to choose from and took advantage of the ocean view. Afternoon socializing with other guests and the hosts was complimented with wine and appetizers. Hummingbird visits abound! Breakfast was served at our convienience. My favorites included the salsa egg souffle and fresh berries with rich, vanilla ice cream. Yes! Ice cream for breakfast. It was decadent and delightful!! We stayed for four nights and I was homesick when it was time to leave. Fensalden was the most amazing part of our vacation. I would go back in a heartbeat, and plan to as soon as we can fit it in! (visited March 2011)

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

We learned quite a lot of history while staying at this historic inn overlooking the Pacifice. The inn itself dates back to the stagecoach days (but has all the modern conveniences) and the owner is a decendent of Nathaniel Harthorne. The rooms, expecially the Harthorne Suite, are very nice. The morning breakfast is an epicurian feast. Wonderful inn, wonderful owners.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Alameda, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Spent 4 days at this wonderfully rustic, quiet, and glorious place, staying in the Tower cabin, complete with full kitchen, two stories, fireplace with tons of wood for burning, and the best hosts ever! If you are expecting frills and cutesy, don't go here. But if you want peace and quiet, tons of stars at night, a view of meadows and the ocean, deer, and fabulous breakfasts, this is your place! Thank you Molli and Chris! Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Clayton, California
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Great place to stay. Breakfast is well made, gourmet, with lots of little ammenities to keep you satisfied. Went here for a honeymoon and had great service from the family who runs the inn.

Great view and recommended for those who just want to get away.

Room Tip: The tower is awesome but the bed is a little lacking in support.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Colorado
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We had an unforgettable stay at Fensalden Inn earlier this year. I had read reviews of how relaxing and peaceful it was, but was unprepared for just how enjoyable it was--inside and out. The extensive grounds are very well-kept, and from the hospitality of the owners, to the happy sights of deer, hummingbirds, ducks, the pet goat, and the beautiful Pacific, one is enveloped by a feeling of peace and relaxation.

We stayed in the Hawthorne Suite, which had beautiful views of the front yard to the east, and the ocean and back yard to the west. As we are landlocked most of the year, it was wonderful to walk the grounds and hear the constant sound of the ocean! We were treated to complimentary wine in our room, and there were snacks and port in the main dining room. I didn't catch all the history of the place, but believe that it used to be a stagecoach stop. The wood floors downstairs had been recently refurbished to bring out their original beauty.

The family who owns the inn are descendants of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and have furnished Fensalden Inn with many of his original possessions. As a history buff, I found this fascinating.

Breakfasts at the inn are fit for a king--beautifully presented on china, and very tasty. We felt so pampered.

One thing about the location: Fensalden Inn is located about 7 miles south of Mendocino, and it is about a 10-12 minute drive to get there. If you like being located right by shops, this may not be the place for you, but we preferred the quiet of the location. While there, we were able--in one morning no less--to drive south 5 minutes to Navarro Beach, then down the road to a Redwood grove, and to a nearby vineyard. On other days we visited Mendocino and other places.

In short, I would recommend, and love to come back to, California's northern coast, and this bed and breakfast in particular!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in the Tower Suites. The Suites was fairly spacious and decorated very simply. Our stay was decent, with very unique breakfast dishes. I do have to say that the place felt very dated and even had cobwebs in the corners. On one of the nights I even had a bug crawl up my back while I was sleeping...needless to say I couldn't sleep the rest of the night. All in all, the property was pretty but our stay was just average.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Sacramento
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

We stayed at the Inn for one night and loved everything about this place. The welcome was very friendly and we felt like at home right away. Our room was upstairs and had a porch which provided great views of the coast lines and the lovely grounds. Make sure to take a walk around their property (they have a special hiking trail for that). Breakfast was a nice 2 course affair, you sit with all the other guests in the dining room at a specific time. Coffee and tea is available for the early risers.
We would defenitely stay again and wish we could have enjoyed it for 2 nights...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Fensalden Inn
Address: 33810 Navarro Ridge Rd, PO Box 99, Albion, CA 95410-9732
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Albion
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Albion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fensalden Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on the back edge of 20 acres of gently rolling meadows at 400 ft elevation, just 7 miles south of charming Mendocino Village, Fensalden Inn was originally a Wells Fargo Stagecoach stop in the mid-1800's. Completely renovated, the Inn continues to offer a quiet respite from the hectic pace of today's world. Revel in our complete three-course gourmet breakfast each morning (with champagne and mimosas on Sundays), and gaze upon the ever-changing Pacific in the evenings as you marvel at our bird sanctuary while relaxing with a sip of port wine, complimented by a chocolate jerk ball, in the original Tavern Room.All accommodations offer a queen bed (Ridge Room offers king), gas or wood burning fireplace, small refrigerator with complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, and private bath with shower. Tower Suite and Bungalow house a full kitchen will necessary utensils and amenities; both also have tub (Bungalow has tub with jacuzzi jets). Four rooms have private entrances, 6 with private deck, porch or balcony; majority offer ocean view. Fensalden Inn is the perfect place for a quiet getaway to our beautiful stretch of the amazing Northern California Coast. Call us today to plan your next romantic retreat, family reunion or special event. Come and experience the magic of Fensalden Inn...the Land of the Mist and the Sea! ... more   less 
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