Bed and Breakfast
Ranch on the Northern California Coast
Howard Creek Ranch is alive with the rural
splendor of sweeping ocean and mountain views, sixty acres of
peace and beauty on the beach near the "Lost Coast,"
a 60-mile-long wilderness. The ranch was settled in 1867 as a
land grant of thousands of acres and included a sheep and
cattle ranch and a blacksmith shop. Horses, cows, sheep, and
llama graze the pastures. The buildings are constructed from
virgin redwood from the ranch forest.
In the middle of a wide green lawn sits a
large 1871 farmhouse filled with antiques. A 75-foot swinging
bridge spans Howard Creek as it flows past barns and cabins to
the beach 200 yards away. Prize-winning flower gardens,
musical instruments, books, warmth and hospitality soothe the
Suites, rooms, and cabins are available for
your comfort, all nestled in a scenic ranch nominated to the
National Historic Register. Each offers a comfortable bed with
handsome quilt, plus extras such as fireplaces or woodstoves,
skylights, and private decks or balconies. Several rooms and
cabins also feature the modern conveniences of microwaves and
refrigerators. Every accommodation is individually decorated
and has delightful views of the surrounding ocean and
Breakfast is a hearty farm meal with fresh
juice, omelets, bacon, sausage, hotcakes, fried potatoes,
grits, and baked apples with granola and whipped cream. Menus
change daily. Coffee is strong and early, and tea is available
anytime. Breakfast is the perfect way to begin a day of
enjoying this coastal paradise.
Come back to the ranch and enjoy the hot
tub and sauna. A massage by a professional German masseuse can
be arranged in advance.
A day at Howard Creek Ranch might include
beachcombing, whale-watching, or exploring tidepools. Those
who prefer to stay on the land may wish to arrange a horseback
ride on the beach or through the redwoods.
Bring a bicycle and explore a paved lane
through ten miles of sand dunes. Some visitors may want to
hike the Sinkyone Wilderness or venture into Fort Bragg and
take the Skunk Train through the redwoods.
Deep sea fishing at Noyo Harbor is also a
favorite pastime of many guests. Art buffs might consider
surveying the galleries and shops of Mendocino and Fort Bragg
just a half hour down Highway One.
In the evening, watch the sun set over the
lovely Pacific and look forward to an evening of peaceful
seclusion, a perfect end to a day at the Howard Creek Ranch.