• Quiet location with panoramic ocean views and the sound of waves
  • Delicious (free) breakfast with quiche, fresh breads, and home-baked scones
  • Ocean-view guest rooms with private decks and wood-burning fireplaces
  • Lovely garden with benches and Adirondack chairs for whale watching
  • Afternoon tea and brownies, and bottle of wine upon check-in
  • Small spa with massage and sauna
  • Bicycle rental and bike trails available on-site
  • Kids 12 and older only
  • Free Wi-Fi
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  • No kids under 12
  • Fee for use of sauna
  • No fitness center
  • TVs are small and tube-style, not flat-screen
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Bottom Line

The intimate Sea Rock Inn is an upscale bed & breakfast with resort touches, offering suites and cottages with panoramic ocean views and wood-burning fireplaces. Binoculars are provided for whale-watching from private decks or the large lawn, which slopes gently toward the edge of the rocky Pacific cliffs. The inn is not fancy, but is charming, with knotty pine furniture, ebullient flowerbeds, and whimsical paintings and sculptures. Cabin-like guest rooms have plush beds from which guests can see the ocean.

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Romance and charm, with ocean views

The Sea Rock Inn sits on a cliff above the rugged Pacific coastline. Rooms and common areas have unobstructed views of Agate Cove and the ocean beyond. In the center of the complex of cottages and other buildings is a wide expanse of lawn that slopes gently toward the ocean. Clusters of Adirondack chairs dot the landscape, and guests can sit for hours with a glass of local wine or beer, looking for whales and listening to the waves crashing below. There are picturesque pathways, flowerbeds, and even picket fences, all adding to the folksy charm of the hotel. Knotty pine is the decorative touch of choice, used for the breakfast room tables, cabin-like front desk, and unique shelves laden with books, local crafts, and dishes. Simple, pretty, and romantic, the Sea Rock is a true coastal escape, with plenty of activities available within walking or driving distance -- but guests may find themselves sitting for hours, watching the waves.

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Walking distance to downtown Mendocino, overlooking the Pacific

The Sea Rock Inn is on the north edge of Mendocino, overlooking Agate Cove, within walking distance of downtown with its restaurants and shops. There are beaches, wineries, and the famed redwoods within a short drive of the hotel. Just down the road is the Mendocino Headlands State Park with hiking trails and spectacular views. San Francisco is a three hours' drive, or five hours via the Highway One scenic route. The immediate area is quiet and secluded, with nothing but the sound of waves and the occasional passing car.

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Cozy and cabin-like, with feather beds, private decks, and wood-burning fireplaces

Rooms at the Sea Rock Inn are warm and cozy, like luxe modern cabins. The pine-paneled cottages have freestanding wood stoves, along with side tables and shelves left in the rough shape of the tree from which they were cut. Guests wake to a panoramic ocean view from their Scandia down featherbeds. Cottage bathrooms are small but up-to-date, with shower stalls; larger suite bathrooms have soaking tubs. Suites are furnished with four-poster beds and handsome, rich-feeling leather sofas and armchairs. Rooms have Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and small, old-school TVs; some have kitchenettes.

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Small spa and sauna, delicious breakfast, and whale-watching from the front lawn

The Sea Rock Inn has a small spa with two treatment rooms, offering several kinds of massage by appointment. There is also a sauna in which guests can book time in 45-minute increments, for a fee. A hot buffet breakfast is offered each day in the quaint breakfast room, with views of the Pacific from every table. Breakfast, included in the price of the room, includes fresh fruit, eggs, home-baked pastries, quiche, and more. Each room is furnished with a pair of binoculars for whale-watching from the inn's spacious lawn or private decks.

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  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

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