|Located in the heart of Mendocino's historic village, the MacCallum House was built as wedding present in 1882.|
|Kayaking through sea caves with Kayak Mendocino|
|Garden pathway at MacCallum House|
The inside, the restaurant and bar were also packed. I climbed a second set of stairs to the lobby for the inn, where the din of the crowd fell away and a young guy greeted me at the front desk. “I didn’t know there was a dress code,” I said to him, somewhat embarrassed.
He laughed good-naturedly. “You’re fine,” he said. “This is Mendocino.”
And so it was.
|MacCallum Suites is located a few blocks from the main house|
|English Rose guest room at MacCallum Suites|
But the hotel similarity is far less true of the other MacCallum House rooms, which are divided between the historic main house, the barn, and an assortment of cottages. The main house was built in 1882 as a wedding present to Daisy MacCallum, who was a member of one the earliest and most influential families in Mendocino. The house has six unique guest rooms, all with claw foot tubs and Victorian flourishes. Across the lawn, the former barn has six beautifully converted guest rooms, some with ocean views. Seven cottages line the west and north sides of the property, ranging from a renovated playhouse with a Japanese-style pagoda to a three-story water tower suite.
|Sun porch and bar at the MacCallum House Restaurant|
|One of the dining rooms in the main house's former library|
The MacCallum House has long been a gathering place. As a well-educated and well-traveled social butterfly, Daisy entertained an endless flow of visiting artists and intellectuals in her grand Mendocino home. She died in 1953 at the age 94. But the convivial spirit she created at the MacCallum House lives on through the inn and its restaurant.
|Breakfast at MacCallum House Restaurant: Lupe's Burrito|
|General Manager Herman Seidell on the trails east of town|
|Firepit at the MacCallum House|
If she were still alive, I imagine Daisy would have felt very much at home.
45020 Albion Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Tel: 707.937.0289 or 800.609.0492
Second photo courtesy of Kayak Mendocino. Ninth photo courtesy of MacCallum House. All others by Ranee Ruble-Dotts for CABBI.