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The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
Berkeley
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5 reviews
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“Style, quality and great value, the best place to stay on the Mendocino Coast!”
Reviewed 25 March 2010

First of all, we are getting married in Mendocino... and I *wish* that we had visited the Andiron before we booked accommodation for our guests and even the wedding ceremony and reception itself.

I can't give the Andiron, Scott, and Madeleine enough stars. I was really excited about staying there, thanks to the great website, and the Andiron exceed my very high expectations.

We stayed in the Play and Make rooms -- these are just behind the office/lobby, but there was no noise. The rooms were a steal and incredibly fun -- in one room we had paint by numbers on the wall, knitting materials, rubber stamps, paper, artsy stuff, and in the other board games and other fun little touches. The decor is adorable and practical at the same time. Madeleine has a definite eye for decor and art. Really impressive.

I really appreciate the eco-friendly approach and care that Scott and Madeleine have taken with that -- they don't use teeny throwaway shampoo bottles, but equip your room with high-end eco-friendly goodies. They don't clean your rooms unless requested (and are perfectly happy to do so if you request). There are recycling bins outside each cabin. That sort of consciousness just makes you feel better about having a decadent weekend away!

We arrived on a Friday and settled into happy hour between 5 and 6. Scott had made a delicious fondue with fresh vegetables and other goodies. I can't really call it a wine "tasting" because the Scott kept generously refilling my glass! There were great local wines as well as local beers... It was a fun time sitting around in comfy, cute surroundings, meeting other guests, and letting our dogs mingle!

The one down side, for pet-owners, is that dogs cannot be left in the room alone. Initially I was worried about this, but actually it worked out just fine because the dogs are welcome at happy hour (as long as they are friendly) and our dog was perfectly comfortable waiting in the car when we went out to dinner or elsewhere -- it just doesn't get that hot in Mendocino.

Thanks to the informative info in our room we found the "secret beach" which was a wonderful tranquil space on a sunny Saturday morning. Saturday's happy hour lived up to Friday's with Madeleine's creations -- variations on 50s hor d'oeuvres using fresh locally grown vegetables.

This is now our go-to place in Mendocino -- we would recommend for couples, friends, or hiring out the whole place for a group celebration. I would say that it works for all ages -- my parents (in their 50s) also accompanied us and had a wonderful time. I think that older generations would also enjoy staying at the Andiron.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Leandro, California
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

Just stayed here for the first time, and this place is officially my new favorite in this area! The cabins and property are very well maintained. The cabins are set in and around a meadow surrounded by trees. Lots of birds to watch, and occasional deer grazing in the evening.

The "theme" of each cabin has been executed perfectly, not over the top at all. The cabins are super clean, super well maintained, and most of all comfortable and fun. The area is quiet, and peaceful - even with being just off the main road. You can hear the waves crashing from your cabin deck!

The new owners are doing a GREAT job here. The Happy Hour they do for the guests is really fun, and it was a great way to meet the other guests and just have a nice relaxing time.

I would come back here without question and will HIGHLY recommend the Andiron to all my friends and family!!! So what are you waiting for? Go already!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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novato, ca
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

Our travel-savvy daughter and son-in-law recommended the Andiron highly a few weeks ago.
They know our style and that we love atmosphere, ability to take our poochie, our nostalgia, and our casual and comfortable priorities..
This was the PLACE...
We were so relaxed and satisfied with our choice.
The owners are wonderful and so helpful with everything.
The grounds are just beautiful and it felt like we were out in the country, not just minutes away from mendocino and fort bragg with their incredible choices for food , wine, and nature.
We actually never ate out (except for a great breakfast in Ft. Bragg).....Trader Joe's mac and cheese never tasted so good in front of a fire and old movie( they have thousands of DVDs which you can watch) in our cabin....with the rain creating amazing atmosphere outside....Our doggie was happy due to an entire day of hiking on beaches and trails all around the area.
Happy hour with local wines and beer and a great big delicious cheese fondue allowed us to meet and greet all the other guests and their doggies.
All in all, one terrific weekend.....only 2+ hrs from novato and seemed like a different world.
We will be back......

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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foolstwist, Owner at The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, 27 January 2010
Wow! Thank you so much for your kind review. We really enjoyed meeting you two and the very sweet Roxy. Truly, great conversations and good dogs around the fire are the very best parts of owning The Andiron. Well...and when people like you appreciate our crazy old-fashioned style. Thank you, thank you. We're looking forward to seeing you again.
--Madeline and Scott
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

My boyfriend and I went for the New Year. Based on the website, we decided to stay here for a couple of days. This place ROCKS! As we walked in, Madeline (the owner) was there to welcome us, as well as their awesome dogs, Scout and Daisy. We had the "MAKE" room, which had an arts and crafts/retro theme. (I tried to knit, made origami animals and the bf painted on the wall) There was a small fridge, a TV with a DVD player (they have an awesome collection of DVD's in the office to check out), and a porch. We were also a 30 second walk from the hot tub. (More on that later...) I also appreciated the booklet of things to know and things to do in the area, as we had never been to Mendocino before. Happy hour (i guess its only on the weekends, we were there Firday and Saturday night) was awesome, they had fondue and local beer, wines, etc. The owners were there to chat and make everyone who showed up at happy hour feel like old friends, which I really liked. Our second night, after happy hour (cheese, crackers, veggies and dip, organic(?) pork balls-on-a-stick, and liquor!) we soaked in the hot tub in the forest under the stars. Life was good!

We were so sad to leave, but I'm sure we'll be back! It was a great value for what we paid and the owners (and their dogs) are wonderful. Hopefully next time, they will have their chickens...and maybe a goat or two:) Oh, and if you stay here, ask Scott and Madeline about geo-cacheing!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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foolstwist, Owner at The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, 11 January 2010
Thank you so much for your kind words! We loved having you two stay with us.

After your visit, the paint-by-number wall was complete...so, we took pictures, painted over it, and started all over again! You'll have to come back again to leave your mark.. ; ).

Madeline and Scott
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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 28 December 2009

We randomly fell upon this amazing getaway and wow, were we lucky! We wanted to do something special for Christmas, Mendocino is close enough to the bay area and the Andiron went all out for Christmas: As per their typical weekend festivities, they had a happy hour that was of course Christmas themed- free Tom and Jerry's, Mulled Wine, Apple Cider and many other great treats. They found out we were Vegan and even took the time and effort to make sure we had goodies to be enjoyed! After mingling with the guests, we found out our cabin neighbors had a liking for Scrabble- lucky for us, this Inn had every board game you could imagine (eclectic DVD collection as well)! We spent our X-mas night getting our scrabble on and drinking fine wine with out new found friends. Additionally, we emailed the owners ahead of time and their staff was so kind to direct us to restaurants open on Christmas. The beds were unbelievably comfortable and the rooms were trendy and fun. To top it all off we got to got to relish in a hot tub amidst the woods on a chilly night! All this for such an affordable price. You HAVE TO VISIT this place, it will rock your world, guaranteed!!!

  • Stayed December 2009
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foolstwist, Owner at The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, 11 January 2010
It was the best christmas, ever, for us too!

Thank you for staying with us and making it extra-spectacular.

Happy new year!
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Berkeley, CA
1 review
Reviewed 20 October 2009

My husband and I recently took our two greyhounds for a few days up to Little River, CA and we had a wonderful, relaxing and fun time. The grounds of the Andiron Inn were just great, our room cozy and comfortable and the staff made us feel really welcome. Don't miss the happy hour on the weekend! We also visited Mendocino, the secret beach and just plain enjoyed the time we were up there. We can't wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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N. California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

Pacific Mist Inn & Cabins, or NOW known as The Andiron - Seaside Inn & Cabins, is a wonderful place to be situated when exploring the Mendocino Coast. Minutes away from downtown Mendocino, and 20 mins away from Fort Bragg. This is an ideal place to kick back, take in the wondrous view that mother nature offers and just BE. The only negative drawback is that my husband and I had only 1 night to enjoy this place. However, this will be remedied in our future visit. If you have a four-legged family member that your thinking of bringing along, don't think! Just do. This place is very much dog-friendly. Our 5 year old Westie enjoyed the place as much as his parents. With a dog treat waiting for him, as well as "pet-towels" and a blanket for him to snuggle in, he was in pure heavenly bliss. We so look forward to our next visit here!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
Address: 6051 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9510
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Little River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Andiron is 11 one- and two-room cabins perfectly situated on five acres of meadow and woods on Highway 1 in Little River, California. Minutes away from everything - beaches, wineries, diving, hikes, Mendocino, breweries, good food - but quiet, relaxing, and fun, our housekeeping cabins and rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvage, rehabbed, and recycled. ... more   less 
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