|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Jade's Tower, with its sweeping ocean views, sits one block north of the Mendocino Headlands State Park. One to four guests, including supervised children, can enjoy these smoke-free accommodations.
Downstairs there is a queen sleeper sofa with a flowering garden and pond just beyond the triangular glass paned windows. The spiral staircase leads to a airy room with a queen bed. In winter you may see the grey whales as they migrate down the coast of California, and in the Spring the headlands are covered with wildflowers. The galley kitchen, where simple meals can easily be prepared, opens onto a garden patio where you can enjoy your meal, or there is a cozy dining area in the main living space.
If your prefer to eat out, all restaurants in the Village are a short walk from the tower. Art galleries, the Mendocino Art Center, Music and Film Festivals, Farmer's Market, Crown Hall, Sweetwater Eco Spa, Headland trails, and Portuguese and Big River beaches are also within close walking distance.
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My parents, Bill and Jade Pier, first came to Mendocino in 1956. They were among the first 'pioneers' from the Bay Area to spend weekends in or near the Village. One of my first memories of Mendocino is circa 1958. Bill Zacha took us on a tour of the property he had just bought on Little Lake Street. At age 4, I didn't understand what was so exciting about these old buildings, but they were soon to be transformed into the Mendocino Arts Center. 3 years later, I attended a concert at the Art Center. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan performed for a rag-tag audience of about 25. While I thought the concert was really good, it wasn't until a few years later that I appreciated whom I had seen.
I spent summers in Mendocino, going mushrooming, blackberry picking, and swimming at the 'secret' beaches up Big River. In the late 1960's and early 70s there was lots of activity on Big River and Portuguese Beaches as people built drift wood shelters and camped for days. My friends and I would go down to the beach to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire - but what we really were doing was 'hippie watching'.
I moved to New York City after I graduated from college, visiting my mother in Mendocino intermittently over the next 25 years. Every time my husband and I, and eventually our two children, made the journey to see 'Grandma Jade' I was awestruck by the beauty of the town and the tower with its windows looking out to sea.
Now that my family and I are back in California we are able to enjoy the serenity of the tower in all the different seasons.
Virginia Pier purchased this tower in 1969
In 1969 - my mother bought the property on Albion Street with its small cottage. She began dreaming of a second space that could be a peaceful retreat for friends and family. She wanted this new place to reflect the beauty of the ocean and sky, which she did, by integrating architecture and art. Some time around 1975 her dream, now known as Jade's Tower, was completed.
Over the last 35+ years the tower has weathered powerful Pacific storms, stood shrouded in summer fog, and basked in brilliant sunshine. It is now my privilege to share this beautiful space with others.
The large geometric shaped windows of the tower either face the ocean and/or the garden creating a constant interplay of light and color between the tower, garden, sky, and ocean. Inside the tower are built-in bookshelves and benches crafted from recycled 100+ year old redwood, and richly painted murals by Ray Rice, one of the first artists to settle in Mendocino.
Over the years the tower has been updated with new furniture, beds, television and internet but its essential grace and beauty remains unchanged.
The moment me and my wife opened the door to the beautiful garden area we knew this was going to be special. The tower is a very unique place to stay. There has been a lot of thought put into this place to make it feel very cozy and warm. The views from every window were amazing. All the amenities were there as described. We had a great time grilling our meals from the back porch, sitting out there drinking wine. We walked into the heart of town everyday which was only a 5 minute walk. The ocean and bluffs were only 5 minutes away too. We definitely will be back soon!
Jade's Tower is a beauty---very clean, gorgeous setting, close enough to walk everywhere and near the headlands for time at the ocean. The place is as advertised and we would definitely go again.
Our stay was magical. The lush gardens, the ocean breezes, the views and the beautiful home were perfect. The décor is simple, yet comfortable, and so very restful. A perfect getaway - we plan to come back again and again. Highly recommended.
The property is beautiful, just as the pictures show. There are lovely gardens, and the tower itself is beautifully decorated and spotless. Arriving, finding the place and getting in were all easy. The best part for me was the location. It is within easy walking distance of downtown, the headlands and even the beach. We would recommend this to our friends and plan to visit again.
I enjoyed a second amazing trip to Jade’s Tower. I travel quite a bit, and I cannot adequately express to you how unique this particular property is - magical really. The setting is unparalleled - gorgeous gardens surrounding the tower and a spectacular view of the ocean. The tower is perfectly appointed with high-end touches, and each item is artistically placed to create an ideal environment. It is absolutely spotless! Everything about the tower says love and care.
While I was there I happened to notice that there was availability for another evening, and Virginia graciously and rapidly responded to my request to stay one more night in paradise. Do yourself a favor… however long a stay you are planning, extend it!
what a retreat! we loved being able to walk to everything in town and the beach, and seeing stars from the beautiful garden. The views from all windows were amazing, and we got great advice on hikes and things in the area from the caretakers.
Location: Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA (In Mendocino Village historic district) 3+ hours north of San Francisco.
Accommodations: Tower, Queen size bed + Queen size sleeper sofa, 1 bathroom with shower, sleeps 4.
Keywords: Heart of Mendocino Village, self-contained tower guest house, large enclosed garden, spectacular ocean views.
If you love walking on the beach, building sandcastles or picking up shells, Portuguese and Big River beaches are just a few minutes walk away from Jade's Tower. From the Headlands you can watch the sun set behind the Pacific, then stroll to any of the local restaurants for dinner. If you prefer you can prepare a simple meal in the tower then relax and enjoy a video on the flat screen TV. In the late Spring you can see a host of films at the annual Mendocino Film Festival. For music lovers, July brings the two-week annual Mendocino Music Festival which offers opera, jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Garden lovers can take a 10 minute drive to the Botanical Gardens just outside of Fort Bragg, and whale watchers will want to be in Mendocino for the winter Whale Festival. In the upstairs bedroom you can see the whales as they migrate down the coast of California. The Mendocino Art Center has classes, exhibits, and a Repertory Theater on the premises.
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May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the 4th of July are at high season rates, and there is 4 night minimum.
Cleaning charges are included in rental fee.
50% deposit required to hold reservation. Balance is due 30 days before arrival. Deposit returned in full (minus credit card fees) if cancellation is made at least 30 days before arrival.