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“Quirky place”
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Abalone Inn
Medford, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Quirky place”
Reviewed 9 May 2006

This is not your average B & B. It has some odd aspects to it that some people will not like. For example, the rooster crows at 5am, but breakfast isn't served until 9am. You aren't allowed to wear shoes in the house and there is only half and half for coffee (from a local dairy), but no milk. The eggs are fresh from two hens that keep the rooster company.

There is a hot tub, which is private enough to use in the nude... but one must walk out the front door, down some steps, through a back patio to get to it. A bit of a hike... but still very relaxing.

We liked the Garden Room, not for it's bathroom, but for the private garden. We sat out back drinking coffee in the morning and sipping wine at night.

The hostess has a lot of information about the area at her finger tips and was very helpful in providing it. Hiking, biking, restaurants. There are tons of books in the Inn on many topics: the environment, spirituality, art and architecture.

The food was good but plain for a B&B. The dog, Mr. Zoo, was endearing.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed 27 December 2004

If you are expecting a cozy and quaint Victorian home, think about those adjectives first. Those are nice ways of saying old and shabby, and that is more like the experience that my boyfriend and I had on his birthday weekend in December.
Unfortunately, our stay at the Abalone Inn is quite contrary to the other reviews we have read. We were welcomed by a hurried hostess that was in a rush out the door (she was getting ready to go to a party), a strong odor of dog and his urine, a list of ridiculous rules (no shoes in the house, even though its very old carpet) and a house, bathroom and bedroom with no heat but full of cob webs, ants and other creepy crawlies.
There was a fire place that you will have to tend to when your hostess is out and a small space heater which we were told to run for a short time.
Our room was dusty, full of cob webs and spiders. Ants were trying to come in from the cold and when trying to find ant spray; to stop them from entering any further, we found nothing but ancient cleaning products that appeared to not have had any action since the 1980's.
We were in the Garden Room which holds true to it's name only because all the creatures from the garden are actually IN the room. The "garden bathroom" which is pretty much outdoors, is nothing more than a make-shift added on bathroom. It consisted of a shower head sticking out of a wall, a concrete floor with a drain in the middle where water will leak all over. There was no actual enclosed shower. The toilet is in a wooden box (resembling an outhouse quite a bit) with 2 steps up and a dusty toilet- again filled with cob webs.
If you are looking forward to a romantic weekend with your loved one- forget about it. The rooms are so close together and the walls are so thin you can hear the people next to you. In fact we were woken by the lady in the room next to us singing the entirity of the morning.
To top it all off, our hostess wasn't even awake in the morning to feed us. I understand that this is a BED and BREAKFAST, we got a bed but no breakfast. Thank goodness for the automatic coffee machine which turns itself on at 6 in the morning, that was the only "breakfast" we got.
My boyfriend and I ended up leaving the inn at 8 a.m. with no food in our bellies and no sign of our hostess even rustling out of her [more than likely heated] room. We ended up paying a whopping $143 CASH (she told me she doesn't have a credit card machine it was either cash or personal check) and not even getting anything but a frozen outdoor meets indoors room.
Needless to say we were very disappointed, the pictures on the website do this ancient home too much justice if you ask me. It was not worth the money by any means, had I known about it, I would've gladly spent my money at the Motel down the street.
Staying at the Abalone Inn was more like a trip to a very strict dorm room run by nuns with a long list of DON'Ts. Think twice before heading down that road!
-Frustrated and Let Down

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Additional Information about Abalone Inn

Property: Abalone Inn
Address: 12355 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Point Reyes Station
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Point Reyes Station
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Point Reyes wetlands, the Abalone Inn welcomes you with hospitality and old-fashioned ambiance. The restored Victorian has 3 unique guestrooms, a congenial atmosphere, and a parlor with fireplace, library, antiques, and local art. A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, kayakers, bicyclists, and those who appreciate efforts toward living in a more eco-friendly manner. ... more   less 

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