As of June 14th, 2008.
We used to come to Elk Cove Inn often years ago, but stopped when it was sold a few years back.
Now, the previous wonderful owner has taken the Inn back and just re-opened it!
We had an incredible stay - maybe the best spur of the moment weekend vacation I've ever had.
Short version: Elk Cove Inn under the new/old management is back to being one of the absolute best places to stay on the Mendocino Coast.
Here is a (long) summary of the weekend.
We got one of the huge oceanfront suites, (Baron Room) with our own balcony overlooking the ocean and the rocks. The room has a king size bed and the linens are
the thickest and softest I have ever slept on. You also get a thick bathrobe. There were chocolate chip cookies waiting. Yum!
It has a working (gas) fireplace with a remote, HEATED bathroom floors - I am so going to get this in my bathroom! - and a jacuzzi type tub. There's a
small frig and micro, and of course coffee/tea stuff. There's a small sofa, and a nice fabric chair, and the room doesn't feel crammed. Everything was
very clean, and smelled fresh.
The first afternoon, to relax from the trip up from the Bay Area,
I had a massage from Donna, the Spa Director, who also does acupuncture, and a facial. 75 minutes for the massage, very good. Donna is
friendly enough, but not so chatty that you don't relax. Didn't try the acupuncture. Robes were provided, and they have a beautiful sitting area
overlooking the ocean where they serve tea after the massage. And, a steam shower after my facial.
The staff here are just terrific. Whatever you want (an extra chocolate cookie?) they just smile and say of course!
They didn't have the free afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres this weekend - Elaine, the owner, said they are waiting for the license to get transferred which should be soon.
So, instead, we strolled into the cute little town of Elk, to buy a bottle of wine and some snacks to drink and eat while watching the sunset. In town, there's a "General Store", a Garden Shop, another gift-y type shop with pretty nice clothes and outerwear, a new Art Gallery, a Pub, a roadhouse kind of
lunch place called Queenies (packed both days) and another restaurant.
It's been foggy on the coast (which is why we are escaping the inland heat) but we had a couple of hours of blue sky to walk down the private steps to
the beach, before the fog rolled back in and we came back to our room. We took the wine out to the balcony, then moved back inside and turned on the fireplace to finish it off with the
Didn't eat at either restaurant or the Pub, as the snacks and wine were enough.
Had a really good night sleep in the excellent bed, and it was also very quiet. Heard some frogs from somewhere, that's about all.
Next morning (Sunday), slept late! No one bothered us, and went to the main building ( a huge restored Victorian house) for the breakfast buffet. Huge. Delicious. Stuff like southern biscuits, croissants (fresh!) ham, I had a made to order omelet, juice, and some really delicious corn pudding. I ate too
much. One more stroll down to the ocean to try to walk some of the calories off, and then we had to check out.
Elaine, the old/new owner came over to say thanks and I have to say, it really sounded sincere. Maybe it's her southern accent, but, she strikes me as the kind of person who genuinely cares that the guest have a great time.
Now that she is back running the place, we definitely plan to return. I'm looking forward to the afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres and another massage.
The room rate (luxury oceanfront King suite, including breakfast - weekend prices, last minute) was $395/night, but we got 10% off from Elaine. She told us the rate is lower during the week.
The massage cost $125.
To sum up, the re-opened Elk Cove Inn is just about the perfect B&B experience.
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