Abalone Arch: A gift by the sea near Mendocino
Submitted: May 29, 2012
Stayed: May 2012
This was my second visit in two months.
Abalone Arch is, for me, a little slice of Heaven in Mendocino. The room is coastal cottage perfection. Like a page out of a magazine: crisp and clean, but not so fussy that I didn't feel at home. Wendy & Barry have thought of everything from binoculars to guidebooks, restaurant information, wonderful linens, and homemade granola cookies so good I could eat my weight in them!
Left to my own devices, I could happily hide away here for days on end with a pile of books, something to nosh and would while away the hours enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.
The view: Paradise on California's North Coast! I was lulled by the crashing waves just outside the window. You may see deer, wild turkeys, hawks, all sorts of wildlife which are a bonus, but for me it's all about the ocean. The pictures tell the true story. Abalone Arch is bliss.
Mendocino is very close (less than 5 minute drive). It is a nice-size town with several good restaurants and very nice shops. It is cooler hear than over toward Napa, Healdsburg & Sonoma, but it is quieter too. I find it to be friendly, laid back and quite lovely. Ft. Bragg is just up the road (10 minutes) and has a Safeway and Starbucks if you are so inclined.
Abalone Arch is flawlessly landscaped and maintained. It is spotlessly clean; perfectly maintained. I did not want for anything; the owner is a phone call away; yet there is complete privacy (exactly what I desired).
"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Thank you, Wendy and Barry, Abalone Arch, is a gift. I will return ... again.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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