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“Spectacular setting combined with quirky charm”
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Turtle Rocks Inn
Ranked #3 of 5 Trinidad B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
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421 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Spectacular setting combined with quirky charm”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Perched on the edge of the coast 200 feet above large rock outcroppings (sea stacks, they call them), this inn and its setting will induce you to unwind and relax. So much so that you might want to just stay put and enjoy the view from your semi-enclosed deck. Rooms and bathrooms are large with king-sized beds and an eclectic mix of furniture, much of it vintage 1950's. Our room had a variety of places to sit--two swivel tub chairs, a small loveseat, a larger love seat and also a small dressing table/desk.
Francene, the innkeeper, is warm and gracious and a fount of local information, delivered in a chatty, but never pushy style. The breakfast that is included is a generous and tasty one and includes eggs in some form (frittata one morning, crustless quiche another) plus fresh fruit, breads and pastries, sausage or bacon, etc. For that late afternoon dip in blood sugar, there is a selection of cookies or other goodies and tea and coffee or sodas are always on hand.
The inn is situated between the small village of Trinidad and the Patrick's Point State Park, both worth visiting, one for its historic lighthouse, the other for the rim trail. Expect a mix of fog and sun.

Room Tip: Our room on 1st floor was just fine, but I'd request 2nd floor if available.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Be careful about staying here. It's seductive. You might be tempted not to leave. This B&B has 6-7 rooms and a great view of the coast from its front windows. The view changes almost by the minute - fog, sun, blue sky, overcast, more fog - and so it goes in a very California coast way. The rooms are furnished with rather eclectic collections of furniture that must have been gathered from many different yard sales and used furniture shops, but somehow it all works and comes across as genuine and welcoming. The proprietors are wonderfully friendly and helpful. They appear truly to like having their steady stream of guests. Breakfasts are exceptionally good as are the cookies in the afternoon, etc. The food and nibble offerings really challenge your self restraint. Everything is well-maintained and clean. The nights are dark and quiet - no noisy parties, fire engines, street clatter, and so forth. Just blissful silence. Then there is the "neighborhood" - some of northern California's most beautiful state parks - redwoods, rocks, crashing waves, pines, maples, hiking and all that - then a return to Turtle Rocks for another cookie. As I said, you might refuse to leave.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

If you want to experience a place with a view along this part of the coast. This is it. The Inn and the rooms/furniture have a throw back to the 60's feel to them with and eclectic edge. That being said, the rooms are clean and roomy with updated bathrooms ( at least in our room). The views from our deck was lovely. Be sure to walk down the path to the sitting areas with clear glass/plastic wind protection for the sunsets. Just stunning. The hosts, Francine and Roger are very nice and provide good information about the area, dinner, etc. Breakfast is very nicely prepared and the excellent as far as quality and quantity. If you don't mind the price this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

My wife and I had stayed here some seven or eight years ago and loved it. Christine and Roger have maintained the same wonderful ambience and hospitality all this time. We loved it. We had the most expensive room at the top but we were lucky to have clear weather and a beautiful view, watching the sunset and just loving the expanse of sea over the gardens which Roger lovingly maintains. Simply great.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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146 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Turtle Rocks Inn is located several miles north of the quaint town of Trinidad, and only a short distance from beautiful Patrick's Point State Park. A short drive north of Turtle Rocks Inn are the attractive Humboldt Lagoons and the southern sections of Redwood National Park. Turtle Rocks Inn itself sits on a high eroding, highly vegetative bluff, overlooking the Ocean. It's a good base location for sightseeing some gorgous Pacific Coast country and there are few places to stay in this area directly on the Ocean. If staying along the Ocean is important to you, you should consider a stay at Turtle Rocks Inn.

I had the room on the second floor at the northwest corner of the building, said by the innkeeper to be their best room. It was a very large room with a king size bed, sitting area vaulted ceiling with ceiling fan and attached full bath room . The room had an abundance of windows and a nice sized balcony, all facing the Ocean.

Because the Inn sits high above the water, the sounds of the waves here is much more muted that elsewhere I stayed along the coast. Do know that the shoreline is mostly hidden from view here with the primary view out to the expanse of the ocean and the horizon. You can see great sunsets from Turtle Rocks, but beware, in the summer the coastal fog can hide this view throughout the morning hours.

The common areas at the Inn are large and nicely furnished. A freshly cooked breakfast, served around 10AM is included. The food was fine and there is access 24 hours to the refreshments in the refrigerator and some snacks. The property is nicely lanscaped.

I generally do not like the constraints of a bed and breakfast and usually opt for hotels. Except for the timing of breakfast which rules out gettng out to sightsee early, I found Turtle Rocks to feel much like a cozy intimate hotel.

A weakness of this Inn presently is the limited ways guests have to experience the Ocean or other activities on the property. A large hot tub or even possibly a trail going at least part way down to the shortline would make Turtle Rocks Inn a standout. As it is, there is essentially only one view angle to the Ocean to experience from either your room or outside.

The room rate at this Inn is very, very steep, so before booking, think seriously about the importance to you of staying on a bluff overlooking the Ocean. Being from the Midwest and rarely staying directly along the Ocean, I splurged and it was wonderful. While I could easily find myself back here, if I chose another location to stay it would be because of the steep room rate and the limited activity immediately available on the property.

Room Tip: room on second level northwest corner is large room with great views tover the ocean to the horizon
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norco, California
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Traveling up the coast I booked this Inn to rest for one night and for the view/sounds of the ocean. From the moment I approached the front door until checking out, I was in heaven! I had planned on spending most of the afternoon at Patricks Point State Park which is only a couple of blocks away, but only spent about an hour there because I couldn't wait to get back to my room. My views were spectacular and my downstairs room was large enough to be a suite, but was priced as just a King room. The cakes/cookies/breakfast and refreshements were the best I have ever encountered. I feel I need to set the record straight about Francine based on what I read from other reviewers - she was nothing but helpful to me from making the reservation to when I checked out. She is extremely generous, and both her and Roger are exceptional cooks! They built this property as a B&B so I didn't hear other guests until I wanted to at breakfast. Francine and Roger's attention to detail (from Turtle Rocks Inn bath salts to perfectly appointed furnishings and decor) is only surpassed by my stunning VIEW!!!!! I am only sorry I didn't know how fabulous this place was when I booked, as I would have lingered here longer. I will most certainly be back, and Turtle Rocks Inn will be the destination. As a weary solo female traveler on a long journey - I was provided both physical and soulful fortification. Simply divine!!!!

Room Tip: I highly recommend the first floor king room...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

Spent two nights in a suite here. Dramatic setting and such gracious hosts. Wonderful breakfasts, great coffee and very quiet. Plumbing and rooms could use an update, but that is of little consequence. Would return in a heartbeat. It is also close to a Devine restaurant, Laurripin.

Stayed April 2013
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Property: Turtle Rocks Inn
Address: 3392 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA 95570-9774
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Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Trinidad
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Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Trinidad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Turtle Rocks Hotel Trinidad
Turtle Rocks Inn Trinidad, California

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