Howard Creek Ranch Inn
Howard Creek Inn

Things To Do

At the Ranch:


Explore tide pools
(we provide rubber boots)

Beach combing

Playing our piano

Enjoy a German massage

Read from Sally's collection of books

Bring a bicycle and enjoying a paved lane through miles of sand dunes

Use our small barbecues and have a picnic


Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean

Take a walk to Little Howard Creek Falls on the beach at low tide

Sleep in peaceful seclusion


Wine tasting/buying locally at the only coastal vineyard with a magnificent ocean view at the Pacific Star Winery
or indulge on the way to or from Howard Creek Ranch via Route 128 at Anderson Valley Wineries

Mendocino Information

Mendocino Fun

Learn the history of the coast in our museums

Mendocino Guide

Mendocino Chamber of Commerce


Attend a play or music performance:

Mendocino Music Festival

Attend a movie at the Coast Cinemas (five screens)


  • The Sinkyone Wilderness (the Lost Coast) Two miles North of us
  • The redwoods, the pygmy forest, the mountains or our own 60 acres
  • Jughandle Trail, an educational ecological staircase

Visit nearby giant redwoods


Visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Visit our many local nurseries and take home a plant


Discover art galleries, and the Mendocino Art Center

Outdoor Adventures & Sports

Play golf or tennis (45 minutes south on Highway One)

Bicycle rentals - Bicycle in the parks including a ten mile-long sand dune trail

Hunt for historical glass "treasures" at Glass Beach

Go horseback riding on the beach, along the ocean, in the mountains or redwoods

Take the Skunk Train through the Redwoods

Ocean Trips & Fishing

Nearby Shopping

Explore the galleries and shops of Mendocino and Fort Bragg

Browse in the bookstores

Shop at quaint boutiques for unusual gifts, clothes, antiques, or handmade items

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We are fortunate to have some of the finest restaurants in the world within thirty minutes driving time. You can go formal or casual, dress up or down, and we will help you make reservations. There is a wide variety of dining experiences in the area: gourmet treats, a seaside platter on the pilings of the harbor, an organic or completely vegetarian entree, or an afternoon watching sports in a bar with great burgers/fries.

To the north of us, there are only trees for miles and miles. The town of Rockport does not exist. There is a deli/lunch counter in Westport, three miles south, where you can get great sandwiches, munchies, picnic food, etc. as well as rent movies, get gas, or mail a postcard.

At Howard Creek ranch, we feed you such an ample breakfast, you may not want lunch. For the other meals in the day, we will try to help you find the dining experience that you desire. We have all of the menus for the Mendocino coast.

German Massage

A German style massage is available via our referral for $60.00 an hour or $85 for an hour and a half. Reservations are required. Please call us for more information.

From a satisfied visitor:
"This was the best massage I've ever had."
- K. Graham
Talmadge, CA

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Wild and Domestic Animals on the Ranch

Among the wild animals seen on the property have been bobcat, deer, fox, elk, mountain lion, numerous birds, otter, coyote, porcupine, weasel, wild turkey and wild pig. Farm animals include, horses, sheep, goats, numerous cats (Cats are not allowed inside due to allergies).
Guest Video of Ranch Sheep

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Howard Creek Ranch Inn