If you are looking to escape the bright lights and congested city traffic, head to Mendocino County. You’ll feel your shoulders relax when you enter the majestic canopy of California redwoods on the highway. Once you drive past the charming village of Mendocino, you’ll enter into Fort Bragg, home to the Skunk Train and next to the sleepy fishing village of Noyo Harbor. Along this seaside route stretches miles of wild and rugged Mendocino County coastline. Soon enough you’ll glimpse The Inn at Newport Ranch, perched on a 2,000 acre private preserve. Pass through the custom made stained glass double wood doors and make yourself at home.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon in November and were greeted by Black Angus calves kicking up their heels in the neighboring pasture. I know why these cows are happy cows; if you had this view of the Pacific Ocean every day, you’d be jumping for joy, too. There’s nothing better than a romantic weekend on the Mendocino coast.
Inn at Newport Ranch Review
The Inn at Newport Ranch is an architectural wonder that truly embraces its surroundings. The family-owned luxury bed & breakfast pays homage to the California Redwoods surrounding the property. There are 7 main Inn rooms at this 4-star hotel, plus one 4 bedroom/4 bath vacation rental at The Inn At Newport Ranch. The owner has gone to great lengths to create a boutique hotel experience for guests with a strong sense of place. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship and beautiful hand-crafted woodwork check out the Captain’s Quarters, with its stunning ocean view, in the main house or the Bird House on the second floor of the Redwood House.
“This is my style of camping,” said Rhea Hollis of Ukiah. “This is the perfect place to be during a winter storm. Stay in the Captain’s Quarters.”
Bird House Suite
We had the pleasure of nesting in the Bird House suite during our weekend stay. If you require an ADA-friendly room, you’ll have the same experience on the ground floor of the Newport suite. Our room was one-of-a-kind, complete with redwood tree trunks and a gorgeous redwood burl that serves as the focal point to this unique room. The suite had a small kitchen and dining area with a full size refrigerator. We took advantage of the in-house chef for dinner our first night and barbecued chicken on the outdoor ocean view deck the next evening. We loved that the kitchen was stocked with locally produced Thanksgiving coffee, Tazo tea and bottled water. The ranch is on well water and it tasted fine.
Our queen size bed had a colorful bird and butterfly-themed quilt and a wonderfully comfortable mattress. The bathroom featured a walk in shower with Float bath amenities. Both the bathroom and bedroom have individually controlled Nest thermostats. There is a gas stove in the living area, flat screen TV & wireless internet. Outside, there is a private sauna and the hot tub is available at the main inn.
Things to do at Inn at Newport Ranch
If you happen to be visiting the Mendocino coast during whale watching season, walk out to the bluff and scan the horizon for whale spouts. We brought our binoculars with us and had great success. If you like to get cozy by the fire, there are plenty of fireplaces at The Inn at Newport Ranch. I want to come back and take advantage of their Winter Storm Watcher package. What’s better than sitting by the fire with homemade chocolate chip cookies, a cup of Bailey’s and coffee and a good book to read?
A 2 hour guided ATV safari of the 2,000 acre property is available for an additional fee. This “grasslands meets forest” tour through the trees gives you a “behind-the-scenes” look at the reclaimed Redwood, Douglas fir and Spruce trees that make up The Inn at Newport Ranch. The gas-powered mule holds 6 people & offers a fairly smooth ride through 1.5 miles of coastline, redwood forests, eucalyptus groves and 3 miles of ridge tops.
If you like horseback riding, Ricochet Ridge Ranch partners with Inn at Newport Ranch. I haven’t ridden at the ranch since the new ownership for the horse riding operation. I plan to return to ride with Ricochet Ridge and will update my review here.
There is a 6-person hot tub for all guests to use on the second floor of the Main Inn. Spa treatments may be booked at Fireside Spa, as well. We brought our mountain bikes with us. There are dirt trails on the property, but you will be riding through cow pastures. There are wooden benches scattered throughout the property. Be sure to visit Hidden Beach and learn about the history of the Newport lumber chute!
Dining at the ranch
One of my favorite things about a stay at a luxury bed & breakfast is that I don’t have to grocery shop, cook meals or clean up dishes. The Inn at Newport Ranch has this dialed down. Their in-house chef offers locally inspired food (Princess Seafood from Noyo Harbor) and ranch to table garden produce.
Daily fireside appetizers and a complimentary ranch breakfast are included with your reservation. There is a full bar with a signature cocktail menu offered. Picnic or boxed lunches and dinners may be added to your stay for an additional fee. Room service is available at no additional fee. If the gluten-free chocolate decadence cake is on the menu, I highly recommend it.
Need to know:
The boutique ranch is designed for adults. While children 14 years and older are welcome, it is really about romance and luxury. Rates range from $350 – $795 per night at Inn At Newport Ranch; $,2000 per night for vacation rental. In lieu of tipping, the resort adds a 15% service charge which is distributed to all staff members. Self and valet parking are available at no charge.
Complimentary wifi is included.
As The Inn at Newport is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed.
Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m.
Insider Tips: Captain’s Quarters is the best room to wake up in with its sweeping 180 degree views of the Pacific sunset. The Grove Suite has 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen and living room, plus a private Oceanside deck and hot tub. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter or Instagram @Nancydbrown and Inn at Newport Ranch.
If You Go:
The Inn at Newport Ranch (707) 962-4818
31502 North Highway 1
Fort Bragg, California 95437
The Inn at Newport Ranch review, YouTube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. As is typical in the industry, I received a complimentary media stay, however, all opinions are my own.