|Dennen Suite's French doors open to a deck overlooking the gardens|
|The cottages at Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse|
|The Garden Room with its beautiful antique bed.|
Surprisingly, the room rates are on the lower side for the Mendocino coast, but Jo spares no expense in the details. Everything in the rooms—the high thread-count linens, featherbeds, cozy robes, oversize towels—have been hand-selected by Jo to meet her exacting standards. She only chooses items that “pass the muster,” she says.
There are 10 rooms total: four inside the historic main house and five cottage-style rooms were which were built in the 1980s as an extension from the original carriage house. The inn also includes a restored, 900-square-foot, free-standing cottage which was originally built in 1877. Most of the rooms have wood-burning fireplaces; some also have Jacuzzi tubs and/or ocean views.
|Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse|
The inn exudes a sense of privacy and pampering. Jo prides herself in taking care of her guests and their dietary restrictions “We cater to people,” she says. “We take a hands-on approach, delivering tea and coffee to the rooms and giving our guests the things they most enjoy… It’s an old-fashioned B&B style of service, only with modern bathrooms.”
Across the road from the inn, guests can walk down to a secluded cove teaming with beautiful tide pools and rock formations. Less than a half mile away, Van Damme State Park offers sea kayaking in a protected cove and hikes though a redwood canyon dripping with ferns. The upper reaches of the park offers a self-guided interpretative trail through a pygmy forest where ancient cypress and pine trees stand just a few feet tall. Mendocino Village, with its notable collection of restaurants, shops, and galleries, is just a couple miles up the road.
|Adirondacks overlooking Schoolhouse Creek|
7001 North Highway 1
Little River, CA 95456
Tel: 707-937-0697 or 1-800-264-4723
The second and fourth photos courtesy of Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse and Eric Zepeda Photography. All others by Ranee Ruble-Dotts for CABBI.