“This is one of the most romantic places on the planet!”
– San Francisco Chronicle
“The original farmhouse (c.1871) is jammed with antiques and surrounded by flower gardens. A swinging bridge spans Howard Creek., which flows to the Pacific just 200 hundred yards away. The beach is wild and rugged, full of rough-hewn boulders and brimming with tide pools. On a cool May day, we walked for an hour without bumping into another soul.”
– Forbes F.Y.I. The Good Life
“Of the dozen or so inns on the West Coast we have visited, this is easily the most enchanting one…a private theme park of rural pleasures.”
– California Magazine
“I would ride for a week at Howard Creek Ranch, with its sixty acres of forest backed beach and meadowlands – and a big balcony with seaviews.
We meet Charles “Sunny” Grigg, who arrived in the 1970s, after the derelict nineteenth-century redwood milling and cattle operation had become a haven for hippies trying to live off the land. Grigg took over as caretaker and, with his wife, Sally, eventually bought and converted the 1871 farmhouse and carriage barn into an inn. A carpenter who is writing a book about spirituality, Grigg is continually remodeling the sixty-acre property, which has gardens, farm animals, a few bohemian cabins, and paths that wander up into redwood forest or down to a three-mile stretch of beach. A swaying wood-and-metal bridge over a small creek is illuminated with fairy lights. With its stuffed moose head, hot tubs, antique dolls, and eclectic conversations around the still-communal breakfast table, the main house feels dreamlike—part frontier homestead, part Esalen, part “Hansel and Gretel.”
– Condé Nast, Susan Hack.