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 a bank of 13-foot high, redwood-trimmed French doors overlooking Smuggler’s Cove. Guests can relax in a comfortable living room seating area with overstuffed furniture in the style of Gustav Stickley. Surrounding this area are tables of quarter-sawn oak where guests sample the chef’s creations. A small library of books; an amazing 500+ 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 and printer with Internet access 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.
Soothing earth tones, tasteful furnishings, and a Zen-like style and ambience connect this inn to the California coast. All of our individual guest rooms, with the exception of the Meadowview Suite, feature ocean views. All accommodations have gas fireplaces, down comforters and pillows (hypoallergenic option available), feather beds, Sferra fine linens, turndown service on request, Asprey and Molton Brown bath products, Abyss thick cotton towels, lighted makeup mirrors, Giessdorf showerheads, flat panel televisions with built-in DVD players and Direct TV, WiFi access, complimentary local and long distance calls, plush robes, fresh flowers and rich leather club chairs for relaxing by the fire.
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 provides some of the seasonal fruits 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 crafted by Black Oak Coffee, a local Mendocino roaster. 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 scent and phosphate-free, and an in-house recycling program is in place to address non-recyclable and non-compostable waste.
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 are 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.
Honors & Awards
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
2014 # 3 Small Inn in the United States
# 20 World’s Best Hotels
2015 World’s Best Hotels
2016 100 Best Hotels in the World
Top 10 Best Resorts in California
2018 100 Best Hotels in the World
Top 15 Resort Hotels in the United States
Top 10 ResortHotels in California
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
2014 Top 25 Hotels in the United States
2015 Top 5 Hotels in Northern California
2016 Top 50 Hotels in the World
A consistent recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond Award
A member of BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection
Certified for membership in the Green Hotel Association*
Welcomed by the Audubon International into their Cooperative Sanctuary Program*
Named the 'Best Wine Country Bed and Breakfast' in San Francisco's 'Best of the Bay' recognitions
Recipient of the TripAdvisor 'Five Star Certificate of Excellence Award'
* The Brewery Gulch Inn is the only Northern California inn to receive both recognitions
What people are saying...
Watching the sunset over the ocean and the birds out on your deck will stay with us for months to come.
Your DVD collection is better than some peoples’ wine cellars.
The world’s most exquisite treehouse…
This stylish hotel sets a SoHo standard for design.
One of the best wood-burning fireplaces on the North Coast, an open, four-sided monument of steel and glass that toasts up the Great Room.
Standing on the balcony of the Osprey room might satisfy a lingering childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse.
Travel and Leisure
Walked through those redwood doors and up to our little retreat, Smuggler’s Cove”, and felt like we were in heaven on earth.
The rooms are comfy and lush, the staff is warm and welcoming, the food is four stars, and the amenities are many and much appreciated. We are your biggest fans!
We would like to live there forever, if possible.
We had a perfect stay, and both feel it was the very best way to usher my child bride into my decade. We had thought about going to Paris, but were glad we'd decided on something closer, where our faulty French wouldn't be tested. And driving glorious 128 is a lot nicer than economy on United! The Inn, which we loved under its original ownership, is even better than it was. And Chef Peg is a treasure. We hadn't realized that the Pelican gave us a ringside seat on the busy birdfeeders, and at no extra cost.
Serenity and solitude seem to increase as you move up the California coast, reaching a sublime balance of rustic refinement and raw natural beauty in the Brewery Gulch Inn.
The Hollywood Reporter
It’s as if you’ve entered a “zone of comfort” where your every need has been anticipated and then addressed in a way that makes you feel completely at home.