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The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove
Ranked #3 of 3 Shelter Cove B&B and Inns
Millville, New Jersey
1 review
“A little sliceof heaven.”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

I would highly recommend the Tides Inn. It is a warm and cozy place, yet spacious. We had room 5A, I believe, on the second level. The room is perfect and immaculate. I slept on the Murphy bed which is very comfortable. I had the fireplace nearby, and also the sliding doors with the sound of the ocean nearby. The view was spectacular. The owners made the most of all the space available, it is absolutely perfect. The road to the Tides Inn is a bit challenging, but definitely worth it. I would love to do it again. Definitely get a room with a kitchen, and bring groceries with you. Bill and Julia were wonderful host and willing to share their information about areas to visit. Thank you for your hospitality.

Thank you,
Mary and Sherrie

Room Tip: Had 5 A I believe it was on second level could be 5 B but it was perfect. I would get it again.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Ashland, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Just go! Ask questions, have doubts, worry about the roads, think about how long it will take no matter where you start, AND just Go! Getting to and being in Shelter Cove gives some of the most impressive and valued experiences of the geography and flora or California. Shelter Cove's geography reminds me of the Monterey Peninsula without all of the people. The Black Sand Beach is not really sand, but pebbles of serpentine as small as grains of sand to boulder-size rocks. Crashing seas, seals, whales spouting...!
Then there is the Tides Inn. My wife and I stayed in the full suite and as most others have said, it is extraordinary. I had NO negatives about the room, cleanliness, furnishings. We later stayed a night at the Inn of the Lost Coast and although the price is less, only the view compares...no brainer, stay at the Tides Inn!

Room Tip: Choose the full suite for the kitchen. There are only a few places to eat here and the food we brou...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

My husband and I stayed in the full suite (with full kitchen, living room+fireplace, dining area, bathroom and bedroom) and it was lovely. Everything was supplied, from pots and pans and wine openers to director's chairs high enough to see over the balcony railing (it's a beautiful view of the ocean - I could have stared at it all day). In addition, the bed and linens were very comfortable.

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There is free wifi but you should download any movies or shows you want to watch ahead of time (on iTunes etc), because you're not allowed to stream anything without paying an additional fee (something like $10).

There is satellite TV but it does not receive the network channels (NBC etc). There is a DVD player and a list of DVDs to borrow in a very helpful binder provided in the room.

The road to Shelter Cove is very steep and windy - plan to arrive during daylight hours if possible, and do pull over to let the locals pass.

Go to Seal Rock a short walk or drive from the Tides Inn - it's wonderful to watch the seals there! Also, we saw otters in the water just in front of the inn.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a good day trip - Avenue of the Giants is a lovely drive and definitely walk around Founder's grove, Mahan (?) and the Women's grove. Bring a picnic because there's not a lot of food around Founder's grove.

During the winter months, there are deals available - we got one where if you stayed two nights you got the third night free.

Room Tip: I'd choose the full suite again. Since there are not many food options in the town, it's goo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orange, California
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

The drive in to Shelter Cove is not a fast one based on the winding road. Be prepared for the "local aromas" as your drive in (if you know Humboldt County, you know what I'm talking about). The Inn is perched beautifully on bluff with vast ocean views. A short trip over to Avenue of the Giants is a must!

We opted to get a room without a kitchen. It only had a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. For future trips, we would opt for one with a kitchen. Shelter Cove does not have much to offer in markets or restaurants, so be prepared. Either eat out of town, or plan on bringing some of your own stuff to cook.

Sleeping arrangements were good. A comfortable bed along with a open an window to hear the crashing waves made for a good nights sleep.

All-in-all, we will return at some point.

Room Tip: Get a room with a kitchen.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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St. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We stayed at The Tides Inn in Shelter Cove for the tail end of our honeymoon. The room was clean and up to date. Bed was comfy, but had very flat pillows which made for rough sleeping. Every room has an ocean view, and you are literally right on the ocean. You fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves, and awake to the barking harbor seals gathered on the rocks in the cove just outside your door. Its a very laid back place, not very much to do or see unless you like to be outside. Definitely check out the tide pools, the black sand beach, and take a drive on the scenic byway Avenue of the Giants. I recommend bring some easy snacks, breakfasts and lunches as there is only one restaurant that was recommended to us, open only for dinner and only a few nights a week. Each room has a fridge, microwave, and disposable plates, etc...are available. Some rooms have full kitchens, and I would maybe spring for one if I were to go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

We stayed here for one night In September. The road was a bit harrowing, but the car did fine. Shelter Cove is an isolated, odd place. Yes, the ocean is beautiful. You can scramble along the kelp-strewn rocks at low tide. Otherwise, people were walking on the streets along the ocean in the housing development nearby.
Our smallish room was clean and the innkeeper supplied a nice anniversary basket. Yes, we had to promise not to smoke (sign here) or clean fish in the room, no big deal.
No dead seals in view, although we did see the turkey vultures and enjoyed the tide pools.
The problem with Shelter Cove is that there are very few dining options (we brought our own food) and the hiking opportunities seem to require 4 wheel drive vehicles. It might be great for fishing, but we don't fish. In short, there isn't much to do except enjoy the ocean and the quiet.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the Pacific Ocean with fantastic views.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Based on the reviews here on Tripadvisor, we booked 3 nights at this property. I must admit we were very excited to be in a property right be the sea with tide pools teaming with life, right on the waterfront, a suite, in beautiful surroundings.... this was without doubt the worst stay on a trip that covered most of the california coastline and 7 other properties - and this was to be the best and most relaxed that we afforded ourselves on this trip. I could go on for ages about this property because it failed to live up to it's reputation self advertised or through reviews.

The drive there: we live on a mountain so mountain driving is a no-brainer to us. Wow. Bad! Very bad! 'move over for the crazy locals' were in the instructions - well, she wasn't wrong! We're used to this on the mountain where we live. If someone's behind, you pull over and let them pass. These young guys in pick up trucks just sat on our tail until there actually was somewhere to pull over, and fast!. Yes, it does twist and turn but it's a very steep downhill run into the cove. The brakes were smoking and shuddering... not comfortable at all. Another group of guests who arrived just after us were very shaken and said 'Never again, that was ghastly!" I agree..

We walked through the laundry area to the reception where a woman and small dog were seated. We were made to sign something that forbade smoking - "but we don't smoke", we said. "Then this will ensure you don't start!" was the answer. Hmmmm. Being on the road for days, I was keen to get some laundry done because it was the only chance with a few days in one place. Nope, nowhere there or in the Cove to do any laundry. No phones available, cell phones don't work and desperate to ring home, we found the one public phone that had glass busted out but it worked. The TV was iffy ("if you know someone who can get more cable here, let me know!") the fireplace kept blowing out ("it's the wind - I can't do anything about it"), the room was dirty: there was cereal on the floor and the windows (on which one relied for the view) were very dirty indeed. We found that instead of being cleaned, some girl with a baby on her back showed up at the door each morning asking if we needed anything. There were notes to say don't use the towels for this and that, coasters on ageing furniture and a note that said if you wanted any kitchen paper plates or plastic knives and forks to find them down in a crate behind a car in the garage but only take what you need. All a little unsettling in spite of a plastic rubber duck in the bathroom with a stick-on gold label with the Inns name as a welcoming and cute gesture. Quite a paradox. Kind of like saying have a good stay but on my terms...

Pets are not allowed on the property but on entering it after a walk I noticed that the owner's dog seems to have it's own toilet patch near the guests entrance. The droppings were considerable and that's ok but they should be moved more often. There was a book which I was surprised was left by the owner in the room that told of the story of Shelter Cove and what a sad tale it is. It explained without exactly saying just why some the houses look derelict, others abandoned and rotting, why they are built here and there in some random order or none at all, why the airstrip (no lights or fuel) is built between the houses. The boom, the bust...the losses. So sad it was palpable.

Not much sign of life here and I'm glad we brought our food but there was some action - my husband was set upon by two dogs roaming the beach with their wild looking owner who just ignored the situation. Speaking of the beach, there is very little, the kelp tips are major out in the water. The rocks below are gradually eroding the front of the Inn's property where the owner has not dropped any rocks or walled it to protect from strong waves nor is there a stairwell down to the beach. Should be interesting in years to come. It looks to me as if this is being marketed to the hilt and they are making the most of it while they can, for however long it lasts. Paint is peeling and the outdoor chairs are cheap. Not much money is being spent on it's upkeep but as I said, the only exceptional thing is the marketing of the place.

The rock pools revealed nothing but we did have an encounter with wildlife. A baby seal washed up on the beach where it was watched by 8 turkey vultures for two days. It's eyes had been pecked out and the little thing faced our room with it's sightless eyes the whole time. It was heart breaking to witness nature at work like this. We were very, very glad to leave.

All in all, it was less than satisfactory for many reasons (the seal aside!)and we certainly won't be back. I tell this story only to balance the review types here and to make others aware that what you see online may not be what you get.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Julia G, Manager at The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
So sorry to read about your disappointment with both your trip to Shelter Cove and to the Inn. I just wanted to note that management changed not long after this posting back in 2012. There is no reason, any longer, for a guest to walk through the laundry area to approach the front desk as we have created a cozy lobby complete with fireplace, bookshelves (upon which sit books and dvds to borrow) and an ocean view. While we can't do anything about the twisty road to Shelter Cove, nor the occasional "smelliness" of black sand beach (about a mile from the beach that our Inn sits above), we can say that most of our guests believe accessibility to wildlife and the natural beauty of Shelter Cove to be well worth the drive. It sounds like you had a negative experience, but you would find us a much changed place were you to return.
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Property: The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove
Address: 59 Surf Pt, Shelter Cove, CA 95589-9141
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Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Shelter Cove
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Shelter Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove is Northern California's own little piece of paradise. We are on the ocean; every room with an unbelievably beautiful ocean view. You can sit outside, watch the whales go by and catch a glimpse of the moms and their babies. We have a family of sea otters right outside your door; sometimes they appear to be playing just for you. The tide pools below are choke-full of sea life. Everywhere you look, there is the framing of a beautiful photograph. Bring your camera, binoculars, and a good book and relax with the surf pounding on the beach below you. We have deluxe standard rooms and one bedroom suites, some with fully appointed kitchens. All of our beds are triple-sheeted with plenty of pillows. ... more   less 
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