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Agate Cove Inn Hotel
Ranked #3 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Relaxing & Breathtaking”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

The Agate Cove is truly a special place to visit.

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, gorgeous grounds and the nicest owners. We knew immediately that our stay was going to be one for the books.

Once we got the keys and arrived in our room, we were again, not disappointed. The rooms were impeccably clean and so cozy! We had a private deck that overlooked the ocean - which was great to sit on in the morning with our fresh coffee.

As for the food -- wow. Everything is freshly made and delicious; and, I'm so happy that I was able to purchase a recipe book that contains several recipes accumulated over the years at the Agate Cove. (I've already tried a few and each one takes me right back to our stay)!

If you're ever in Mendocino, definitely give this B&B a try -- between the coziness of the room, the memorable food, the fresh breeze coming off the ocean and the sound of the waves -- you'll be happy that you did!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
We appreciate the generous 5 star review you gave us. When we read that one of our guests describes their stay with us as "relaxing" then we know we have done something correct. We are glad you had a relaxing stay and that you found our views to be "breathtaking". Every day the views take my breath away, even after 9 years at Agate Cove Inn, I am constantly in awe of the beauty before my eyes every single day. We are blessed to have this incredible, ever changing view. Thank you for loving our breakfasts so much that you bought the new cook book and are enjoying the recipes at home. Writing the book was a fun project and I am delighted at the great response it has brought. Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your helpful comments.
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Columbus, Indiana
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My husband and I were looking for a relaxing stay in Mendocino for a few days before hitting the big city of San Francisco...I saw the pictures of Agate Cove on TripAdvisor and immediately wanted to stay there. I was worried that the pictures were making it look too good to be true; but there were so many glowing reviews that we booked 4 nights. We arrived and, holy cow, it was as picturesque as the website portrayed it to be! We stayed in the Zircon room which offered a bit of the view of the ocean; we also had a small deck which was relaxing to sit and read and soak in the beauty. We honestly did not spend a lot of time in our room as we did explored this beautiful area, but did appreciate the Victorian ambiance of our room~ very comfortable bed as well!
We stayed four nights and had a different breakfast each morning of our stay...(the view from the dining room is spectacular) the breakfasts were delicious and filling; one morning we had delicious quiche, another french toast, etc. Also wonderful apple dumplings and scones!
I can't say enough of how much we enjoyed this lovely inn and it's gracious and accommodating owners. We will definitely be back!
(p.s. Some reviews complained of the noise; it is located near Hwy 1, but if it wasn't, you wouldn't be so near the ocean and the stunning views. We had no issues with noise; however, I am light sensitive and always travel with a sleep mask....this was helpful as the early morning light came thru the curtains. Not a big deal tho!)

Room Tip: Nice to have a room that had a deck; we honestly were only in our room at night and for a nap if nec...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Thank you for staying with us for four nights. You can really get to know the area when you stay longer than two nights. We are a highly scenic location and spring time is ideal for color and sunshine. We are glad you had a wonderful experience in Mendocino. We appreciate all the kind things you wrote about our inn. It is a blessing to be able to share this beautiful inn with others. We are glad you enjoyed breakfast each day and that you found our website to be honest in what we portrayed. We hope you return so we can spoil you some more!
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Citrus Heights, California
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

My husband and I spent the weekend here celebrating our first year of marriage. This place exceeded our expectations! We stayed in the Amber room which was a good size, clean, and no detail was overlooked. From the docking station for my iPhone that allowed me to stream music the entire time to the corkscrew I had forgotten to pack. The bed was very comfortable and we were able to sleep with the windows open and listen to the ocean. The private deck provided a great place to soak in the beautiful garden views while watching the ocean waves in the distance. The owners cook breakfast every morning & everything we had was absolutely delicious!! A quick 2 minute drive and you are in the cute little town of Mendocino featuring various shops & restaraunts, along with a full service grocery store/pharmacy. I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a romantic getaway. I cannot wait to go back!!!

Room Tip: The Amber Room has a fabulous view from the outside deck!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
We love reading reviews such as yours. Amber is one of my favorite cottages and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay there. Yes, we are so close to the ocean so the sound of the waves can lull you to sleep. We often see guests enjoying the sunny deck from the Amber room that is set among the garden with the ocean as the back drop. We are happy to read that you enjoyed breakfast each day. Breakfast is one of the most fun parts of running an inn!
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Orcutt, California
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Where do I start? Driving onto the property we were hit with the beauty of the landscaping, plants, flowers EVERYWHERE! All of it meticulously manicured, in fact the overall condition of the the entire inn was flawless.
Our cottage was lovely, no expense spared, and since we brought our dog, they even had bowls, a bed, soft towel and a sheet to cover the comforter on our bed.Our fireplace was wonderful, kept us nice and toasty, and our deck had a view of the ocean and the lush gardens.
Our room was well appointed, there was even a jewelry box to keep my rings, and watch and earrings.....which I managed to leave, forcing Roger a trip to the post office to mail them home to me.
A hot tub overlooking the ocean, delightful seating everywhere to just bask in the beauty....this is the Agate Cove.
Our hosts, Roger and Larraine obviously love what they do as more gracious hosts can't be found. They were terrific in every way, and the breakfasts they prepared were to die for. Nothing is too good for their guests, and they always find time to stop and chat.
Our champagne and bucket of North Coast Brewing beer was chilled and waiting for us, and the only complaint we have is that the time just flew by. We would HIGHLY recommend this inn, you will think you are in Heaven and you won't want to leave. Thank you Roger and Larraine for one of the nicest weekends ever! We will be back soon!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Topaz room, it was private, and had it's own yard. Very large room and perfect!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Thank you for that wonderful, detailed review. It was our pleasure to get to know you. We are so pleased that you gave us a try. It was nice to meet "Tinkerbell" and we are glad that she had a good vacation as well. Living on the coast we are blessed with ideal conditions to grow an abundance of flowers and plants. We are glad you appreciated the gardens and grounds and enjoyed what we have helped to create along with Mother Nature. It is so nice to get such positive feedback from our guests. We try to anticipate what travelers might need (down to a little jewelry box) so thank you for letting us know we are on the right track. We hope you will stop by to visit us whenever you are in the area because it was delightful to meet you.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

My husband and I stayed here two nights and loved our time there. We actually stayed in two different rooms due to availability; the hosts were very accommodating and each room was clean, unique, and cozy. The breakfasts were fantastic and the view cannot be beat. We definitely recommend this as a quiet respite, and it was a perfect start to a drive down Hwy 1.

It's a short drive into Mendocino proper, and we found it to be an easy home base for hiking excursions and a trip into town. We had no problem with road noise, and though the property is off the road, we relaxed in the hammock and had a picnic dinner on a bench just off the road (which we didn't find to be busy) but overlooking an amazing Pacific ocean sunset. As an added bonus, the gardens are gorgeous!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
We appreciate the 5 star review! We agree, we have an ideal location that is just outside the village but close enough to walk to town. That hammock seems to be a popular spot these days. It is nice and big so two people can comfortably drift off to sleep with no problem. Thank you for discovering us and we hope you return for more adventures in our little slice of heaven that is Mendocino!
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Talkeetna, AK
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This is an incredible B+B! We had the most enjoyable stay, the rooms are very large, very comfortable, and our hosts were most accommodating! Not too far from various towns and activities, it provided exactly the quiet haven we were looking for.
The only thing which was a bit disappointing was the lack of internet in the room, and the extremely poor cell phone coverage (not the ACI's fault).
Otherwise, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Thank you for giving us the highest rating possible! We are glad you enjoyed your stay here. I believe we have worked out all the internet problems and so wifi should be working great in all of our cottages. Cell phone coverage is spotty so some phones are not as strong as others but we do have a free long distance phone available for all our guests. We appreciate your kind remarks and for the taking the time to review us!
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We just returned from our trip to Mendocino and our stay for 5 days at the Agate Cove Inn. The owners Roger and Laraine were so personable and friendly. Our room had a view of the Pacific and the beds were very comfortable. Upon the next visit I will ask for a cottage that has more of an ocean view. There are bath robes provided in your room. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, scones or muffins are available in the side room off the kitchen and is open 24 hours. The breakfast each morning was gourmet and included in the room rate. We even had Eggs Benedict one morning! The food was absolutely delicious. Make sure to purchase Laraine's new cookbook with all the recipes. The gardens were filled with flowers and the view from breakfast each morning was breathtaking. They even feed the seagull named "C.J." that perches on the Inn's sign post each morning anxiously awaiting a hand signal and breakfast. This place is so quiet, serene, peaceful. We sat in Adirondack chairs at the inn to watch the sun set one evening. If you want to take advantage of their hot tub with the ocean view don't forget a swimsuit. The town is charming as well and has many Victorian homes. We highly recommend a stay at Agate Cove Inn if you are looking for a peaceful place away from the big city and gorgeous ocean views. We also took a picnic lunch out on the headlands and were surrounded by 20 seagulls. We can't wait to visit again. A truly wonderful visit. A big thank you to Roger and Laraine. What a blessing you are! A privilege to meet both of you!

Room Tip: Ask the innkeepers.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
It was our privilege to meet YOU! I had to read your review over and over again because it made me so happy! Thank you for describing some of the details that others have not mentioned before. We have had an overwhelming response to the cookbook. It is great now that our guests can duplicate the breakfast experience at home. I love having the opportunity to share these time tested recipes. We do make an effort to make our breakfasts extra special and unique so that our guests don't get bored with the usual plain old pancakes etc. I believe in variety and choices so we do make an effort to mix things up every day during breakfast. We are glad you enjoyed our abundance of flora and fauna. We have a couple of "Fairy Gardens" on the property and feature "fairy garden" supplies in the gift shop and that has been a lot of fun especially for grandparents that want to have an activity with their grandchildren. We are glad you were able to relax and enjoy the spectacular ocean views from our property. We truly are blessed with that. Looking forward to your next visit with us!
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Property: Agate Cove Inn Hotel
Address: 11201 Lansing Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Agate Cove Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agate Cove Inn provides a luxurious and private oceanfront getaway coupled with spectacular views of the Pacific. Perched on a bluff above the coast, Agate Cove Inn delivers a breathtaking view of the sea and rugged headlands. Our Farmhouse and cottages are set on two acres of beautiful coastal gardens, and 100-year-old cypress trees frame the property. Whether you're here on business or a family vacation, Agate Cove has a relaxing environment you'll love. Wake up each morning and enjoy a beautifully prepared breakfast along with fresh brewed coffee, an assortment of fine teas, hot chocolate, and juice! Indulge in our variety of extra features, from our homemade baked goods to our spa services, free movies and popcorn or simply watch the sun set in our outdoor hot tub. Check out our special offers such as the Mendocino Romantic Getaway Package and the Mendocino Wine and Dine Package, an entire day experience with luxury transportation and gourmet meals. We are located close to a whole host of activities like golf and tennis, fishing excursions, kayak tours, along with regular festivals happening all through the year. Take advantage of our concierge service for planning your activities. An innkeeper is on site 12 hours a day. We'll be happy to discuss routes for getting to Mendocino, area attractions, and restaurants. We also make reservations at restaurants, the Skunk Train, horseback riding, whale watching, wine tours, and many other local activities. For the finest oceanfront lodging experience in Northern California, be sure to stay at Agate Cove Inn. ... more   less 
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