Are you planning a trip up the Northern Coast of California from San Fransisco? Or do you just want to get away with your friends or a loved one for the weekend?
Recently, I was blessed to work with The Inn at Newport Ranch up in Fort Bragg with a couple of my favourite bloggers. This was my first time visiting the Northern Coast of California, and staying at this beautiful ranch was the perfect way to get to know the area.
The ranch definitely made me feel at home from the start. Sometimes, no matter how nice a weekend away may be, you can start to miss your own bed. It had been a long time since I’ve come across an Inn that just instantly warms you up, is all sorts of cozy, and makes you feel right at home.
Getting to the Ranch
The closest airports to the Inn are:
Santa Rosa (STS)
San Fransisco (SFO)
Driving the scenic route is about a 3.5 hour drive from SF, and about a 2.5 hour drive from Santa Rosa. Of course, there are plenty of great stops all along highway 1 so if you have the time, I’d say it’s the way to go.
Location: 31502 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Opened: August 2015
Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast
Lunch/picnic lunch upon request
Complimentary happy hour beverage and hors d’oeuvres
Library with fireplace and cozy seating area
Hot tub with views of ocean and hills
Horseback riding, hiking trails, ATV safaris
5 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE INN AT NEWPORT RANCH
1. The Inn at Newport Ranch is part of a 2000+ acre coastline of grassland, redwood, pine and fern filled forests. The ranch offers more than a mile of oceanfront, panoramic coastal views and 20 miles of hiking and riding trails. There is so much to explore and so many ways to do so!
2. The ranch offers ATV Safari rides around the property grounds and I think that was the highlight of my stay with The Inn at Newport Ranch. We were shown around by our driver and guide, Jonathan, who was very knowledgeable. The rain stopped for us while on our adventure and of course the rainbow which came out after made the experience that much more magical.
3. The Inn was designed by architects Dave Sellers and Jim Sanford. The structures have many unique architectural features, including a 20 foot wide walk-in fireplace, a building made up of 24 individual redwood trees, and a hot tub on top of a water tower with a view of the ocean.
4. Breakfast and dinner are enjoyed in a communal space where interacting with other guests are welcomed. We loved enjoying our meals next to our new friends as we laughed, shared stories and even sang our friend Happy Birthday. The ranch went above and beyond to make our friend’s birthday truly special. From surprising her with flowers and a birthday balloon in our room, to birthday cake after dinner; it definitely made the whole experience that much more memorable.
5. The Inn is in a great location. Right by the water, overlooking California’s beautiful coastline, hiking trails, sand dunes, and so on. We found out quickly that there was so much for us to do, so we had to narrow it down. We had heard about a giraffe, zebra and antelope preserve about an hour drive south of the ranch. We hopped over to The B Bryan Preserve and had a great time hanging out with our new exotic friends and learning all about the breeding and preservation of these amazing animals. I highly recommend stopping here on your drive up/down Highway 1.