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The History of the Brewery Gulch Inn B&B

Logging in Mendocino in the 1800s depended on the Big River for transporting the giant redwood trees to the mill. Our Mendocino B&B has a strong resemblence to the past.Most of the logging occurred during the summer when the current was not strong enough to float the logs to the mill. Twenty-six dams were built on the river, and behind each dam was built a log “deck”. As the log stack got higher, its weight pushed the lowest ones (called “sinker logs”) deeper into the silt. When the rains came, they opened the dams and floated all but the sinkers down river to the mill. Those abandoned logs lay undiscovered for the next 150 years.
Over a century later, during a construction project on a nearby bridge, the “sinker” logs were found deeply embedded in the silt. These perfectly preserved 100-150 year old logs ranged in diameter up to 16 feet. Virgin growth and guiltless, this redwood was eco-salvaged from the mud and used as a major component in the construction of the present-day Brewery Gulch Inn. The location, a part of the original farmstead of Mendocino pioneer, Homer Barton, has spectacular water views and borders hundreds of acres of unoccupied meadows and state-protected forests. Brewery Gulch Innwas purchased by the current owner, Guy Pacurar, in 2007
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and the Environment

OUR MISSION
From its conception, Brewery Gulch Inn was intended to be an environmentally-responsible B&B. Its mission has been to enhance and improve the existing ecosystem, increase native habitat and bio-diversity, regenerate the land and create a restful retreat that showcases the fruits of this labor.
THE WOOD
The wood used in the construction of the Brewery Gulch Inn features 150-year old eco-salvaged, first growth virgin redwood timbers that were pulled from the mud of Mendocino’s Big River. No salvage machinery, sandblasters, or other environmentally-damaging equipment was used during this process.

THE ROOMS
The rooms have been painted with eco-spec paint and a cork underlay was used instead of traditional padding for the new low-VOC carpeting.
Guest accommodations also feature compact fluorescent lighting and gas-burning fireplaces. Organic cotton towels and low-flow showerheads imported from Germany are found in all of our baths.
“Walked through those redwood doors and up to our little retreat, 'Smuggler’s Cove', and felt like we were in heaven on earth.”
The Davisons

 

“The attention to detail here makes the BGI so special—a labor of love! When a fellow guest was cold, a blanket was delivered within the blink of an eye. When I got poison oak (don’t go wandering off the beaten path in shorts), they went into town and found some poison oak salve.”
The Sincoffs

THE GROUNDS
The efficient drip irrigation system at the inn was installed by hand over a six month period with no machinery; tunneling was done under tree roots with a crowbar in order not to damage trees. After fifteen years of planning and several years of permit work, the ponds that were envisioned as part of the property’s overall wetlands restoration were completed in 2005. The ponds are kept clean and conducive to plant and animal life through a system of natural rock filters. They require no chemical additives. The majority of the plantings surrounding the ponds are plants, grasses, shrubs and flowers native to this region. Throughout the grounds of the inn, no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used.

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THE KITCHEN
Cuisine at the inn draws primarily from organic and locally-sourced products. In 2009, a heritage garden was planted in a garden plot provided to the inn by Ferrington Vineyards in the nearby Anderson Valley. The bounty from this garden, along with a small, sustainable herb garden on the BGI property, provide many of the herbs and vegetables used in the preparation of the acclaimed breakfasts and light dinner buffets served to the guests. The coffee served at the inn is a special blend roasted by Thanksgiving Coffee, a local Mendocino roaster who takes pride in their Fair Trade, organic coffees. Coffee grounds and all organic kitchen matter, as well as used ashes from non-treated firewood is composted. All of the inn’s laundry products are phosphate-free and an in-house recycling program is in place to address non-recyclable or compostable waste.
“...Hors d’oeuvres and local wines – enough to convince you to blow off dinner plans and focus on your sweetheart.”
Sunset Magazine

THE GREAT ROOM
The heart and soul of Brewery Gulch, the enormous Great Room is anchored by an iconic, four-sided glass and steel fireplace fabricated by a local shipbuilder. This gathering place is filled with light tumbling down from the central core’s three-story high skylight and flooding in from the bank of 13 foot high, redwood-trimmed windows overlooking Smuggler’s Cove. A comfortable living room seating area with thick, sage-green shag carpeting showcases overstuffed furniture in the style of Gustaf Stickley. Surrounding this area are tables of quarter-sawn oak where guests sample the chef’s creations. A small library of books; an amazing 400+ DVD collection featuring classic, contemporary and foreign films; and an extensive selection of games can be found along the south wall of the Great Room. A guest computer with Internet access and desktop icons for local vineyards, restaurants, entertainment, driving directions, and airline websites is located on a desk across from the reception desk. A large selection of coffees and teas, along with fresh pastries and fruit, can be found on the sidebar in the Great Room.

PARTNERSHIPS AND RECOGNITION
A consistent recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond Award, and a member of BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection, the Brewery Gulch Inn has also been recognized as a leader among environmentally-conscious businesses. In 2007, the Green Hotel Association extended an invitation for partnership to Brewery Gulch, and Audubon International asked the inn to join their Cooperative Sanctuary Program, making Brewery Gulch Inn the only Northern California bed and breakfast to receive both recognitions. In 2010, the Brewery Gulch Inn was named the 'Best Wine Country Bed and Breakfast' in San Francisco's 'Best of the Bay' contest; and recieved the 'Five Star Certificate of Excellence Award' from TripAdvisor.com

Guest Accommodations
Soothing earth tones, tasteful furnishings, and a Zen-like style and ambience connect this Bed & Breakfast to the California coast. All of our guest rooms, with the exception of the Meadowview Suite, feature ocean views, gas fireplaces, down comforters and pillows (hypoallergenic option available), feather beds, Sferra linens imported from Italy, turndown service on request, Molton Brown bath products, organic cotton towels, lighted makeup mirrors, Giessdorf showerheads, flat panel LCD televisions with built-in DVD players and cable access, iHome clock radios, WiFi access, complimentary local and long distance calls, plush robes, fresh flowers and rich leather club chairs for relaxing by the fire.

“Sleep in guilt-free redwood splendor as waves crash below the Brewery Gulch Inn.”
Coastal Living Magazine

 MEET THE INNKEEPERS  

 

GUY PACURAR - PROPRIETOR

Born and raised in Del Mar, California, Guy successfully managed a small company in San Diego for 20 years before his daughter, Taylor, inspired him to fulfill a lifelong dream and purchase an inn. The ensuing twelve-month search took him to twenty-nine inns in five states before he visited California’s North Coast and found the Brewery Gulch Inn. In August of 2007, he became the second owner of this iconic Mendocino B&B. Not long after relocating, Mendocino worked its magic and Guy met and married Sarah Schoeneman. In 2012, their daughter, Ella Mac joined the family.
Guy, Sarah and Ella look forward to welcoming each new guest into the BGI family and helping to create memories that will last a lifetime.

STEVEN SMITH - GENERAL MANAGER

Originally from Southern California, Steven and his family were regular visitors to the Mendocino coast in the 1970s and 80s. After college, his background in history and museum studies lead him to Boston where he spent the next 20 years as a curator at Harvard University. 10 years ago, he moved to Mendocino and began a new career in the hospitality industry. Steven’s guest-centered focus and outgoing nature made him a natural choice to join the Inn as its new manager in 2013.
Together with his partner, Bill (owner of our favorite French home and garden store, Sallie Mac), Steven spends his free time pursing his passion in cooking and his interest in the Rat Pack.
We invite you to come experience our Northern California inn where you can enjoy the charm of Mendocino and the many offerings of the nearby Anderson Valley wine country.

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