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The Newport Perspective

We’ve got some secrets about our hometown, and we want to share them with you. Read our blog, discover our staff’s favorite facts and attractions, and see California like a Californian.

Getting Here is Half the Fun

The Inn at Newport Ranch is located in the heart of the Mendocino County coastline. The journey to this enchanting destination is as much a part of the getaway as your relaxing stay on the Mendocino coast near the town of Fort Bragg.

The most likely landing point for travelers from out of state or abroad is either Oakland, Sacramento or San Francisco International Airports, and between here and there, you’ll find no shortage of memorable stops along the way.

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Getting Here is Half the Fun

The Inn at Newport Ranch is located in the heart of the Mendocino County coastline. The journey to this enchanting destination is as much a part of the getaway as your relaxing stay on the Mendocino coast near the town of Fort Bragg.

The most likely landing point for travelers from out of state or abroad is either Oakland, Sacramento, or San Francisco International Airports, and between here and there, you’ll find no shortage of memorable stops along the way.

You may cross the Golden Gate Bridge and drive through the charming towns of Marin County on the 10—the inland and faster route—and find yourself in the foothills of Sonoma. It’s here that the Russian River starts, where you can meander through the cozy town of Guerneville (or Stumptown as it used to be called), which leads all the way into Mendocino County. Stop in "Big Bottom Market" for a quick snack or coffee before you continue on your journey. Then you can take your pick between two playgrounds: the tasting rooms of Wine Country, or the shores of the river, known for excellent outdoor recreation during the right time of year. Highway One is winding and slow-going but the expansive views of the hills and the Pacific Ocean are majestic and unlike any other. Keep an eye out for crossing cattle as they tend to cross the roads in the area with little regard for approaching cars!

If you opt for the epic coastal detour along the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll traverse Point Reyes National Seashore and Bodega Bay before crossing the Mendocino County line. Point Arena Lighthouse is on your way and scenic views of the Pacific abound.

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Natural and Architectural Splendor

The architectural features here at the Inn are unique and tend to trigger an avalanche of inspiration for design-minded travelers. While fans of architecture flock to historic homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, there’s nothing quite like being able to experience unique, historic architecture and spend the night. Here at the Inn, you can experience the melding of natural and human history through both the structures and the property itself.

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Natural and Architectural Splendor

The architectural features here at the Inn are unique and tend to trigger an avalanche of inspiration for design-minded travelers. While fans of architecture flock to historic homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, there’s nothing quite like being able to experience unique, historic architecture and spend the night. Here at the Inn, you can experience the melding of natural and human history through both the structures and the property itself.

Located on a 2000 acre private ranch, The Inn at Newport Ranch is situated where a thriving logging mill town was set overlooking miles of oceanfront acreage. Around the turn of the century, the nearby redwood forest was harvested, milled, and shipped by boat to aid in the building of the city of San Francisco. The land use pattern of the town is still visible along Route 1 and the ocean’s edge, where lighthouses, sawmills, and farms were located in a cluster. You can still witness one of the old lumber chutes that were anchored by cable to the bluff, which lowered the timber onto schooners that were sailed to San Francisco.

Following the footsteps of the leaders of the Arts and Craft movement in California, our own designers repurposed some of the original redwood resources in order to create the structures, walls, tables, and even beds here at the Inn at Newport Ranch. All 40 doors onsite are derived from one giant piece of thick redwood, the end of our main dining room has a slice of a 14-foot diameter tree truck embedded into the floor, and one of our cottages has smaller diameter redwoods built into the structure, with the bark left on for a uniquely rustic feel.

Wander to the library to check out the 20-panel frieze running around the top of the walls, in the tradition of the Greene brothers. Most of the custom craftwork at the Inn was created by Vermont artisans. Over the course of four years, we even set up a craft shop on site with local artisans. From tree trunks as supporting columns to a fireplace you can actually sit in, the Inn comprises an architectural phenomenon. Buffered by the spectacular horizons of the Pacific Ocean and dense Redwood forests, experience an extraordinary combination of natural beauty and bespoke architectural design deeply rooted in place.

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Glitter in the Garden

Tree lightings, holiday parades, gift shows, and light displays abound in Mendocino County this month—but there is one dazzling spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Head down the coast from the ranch for about 25 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

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Glitter in the Garden

Tree lightings, holiday parades, gift shows, and light displays abound in Mendocino County this month—but there is one dazzling spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Head down the coast from the ranch for about 25 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

These 47 acres in Fort Bragg are a delight at any time of the year, but particularly glittering this time of year. Tucked between Highway One and the Pacific Ocean, the property includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest—a visit will acquaint you with microcosms of various California ecosystems.

In December, the gardens transform into a majestic show of glitter and color. This year marks the 10th annual "Festival of Lights". The gardens will be bedecked with holiday lights, comprising a magical atmosphere. Rain or shine, you can witness the eye candy every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through December 22.

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Marvelous Mendocino Mushrooms

Mendocino County is brimming with rich fall flavors during the month of November. Visiting at this time of year allows you to savor the harvest from local vineyards, breweries, and farms, but it may be the wild-grown bounty that's most impressive.

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Marvelous Mendocino Mushrooms

Mendocino County is brimming with rich fall flavors during the month of November. Visiting at this time of year allows you to savor the harvest from local vineyards, breweries, and farms, but it may be the wild-grown bounty that's most impressive.

Mendocino mushrooms have a reputation for being marvelous. With thousands of square miles of live oak and redwood forests, the region is a natural hotspot for around 3,000 varieties of mushrooms. In the autumn, the coveted candy cap, chanterelle, and porcini mushrooms are ripe for the picking, and there is more than one event that lets you sample some hearty mushroom soup. Throughout the month, edible opportunities abound from Ukiah to Point Arena. The foraged fungus can also make a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for the foodie in the family.

If you want to dig deeper, you can join the mycologically minded for a full foray into the world of fungus. On November 8-10, the Mycological Society of San Francisco hosts the annual north coast fungal rite of fall. Join the society in order to participate in guided forays, presentations, meals, and more. For a more introductory immersion, head to the Mendocino County Museum in Willits on November 16 for a free class demonstrating how to grow edible mushrooms on wooden logs.

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Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

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Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

Eventually, though, people took notice. Working out of a 10-barrel brewhouse in Boonville, the company racked up awards and accolades. They quickly outgrew their original home, and in 1996, moved down the road to a 100-barrel brewhouse on 26 acres of land.

Befitting their status as craft beer pioneers, Anderson Valley Brewing Company continues to push the envelope. They adhere to sustainable brewing practices, generating 40 percent of their electricity through solar panels and reusing all of their wastewater to irrigate their hop fields. They even resurrected a near-extinct style of beer—German Gose.

At 60 miles from our inn, a trip to this seminal brewery makes for a fun excursion. And if you fancy yourself a craft beer aficionado, we highly recommend visiting.

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