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Fensalden Inn, our tranquil Mendocino Bed and Breakfast, is located on the Northern California Coast just south of Mendocino in Albion, California. This Mendocino inn is a completely renovated 1860s era stagecoach stop that offers the traveler to Mendocino eight romantic accommodations with ocean views, fireplaces, private bathrooms and gourmet breakfasts. More than just California coast lodging, Fensalden Inn and her hosts offer a unique pampering experience to each visitor. Come visit the premier Mendocino Bed and Breakfast: "The Land of the Sea and the Mist", Fensalden Inn.
An open wood burning fireplace in the entry greets visitors. The Tavern Room features a couch and large overstuffed chairs that look out to the ocean while a glass-front wood burning stove adds warmth and charm during the morning meal. In this room we serve a full gourmet breakfast each morning, with champagne and mimosas on Sundays.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Molli Hamby for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The good majority of our guests stay with us for a serine, quixotic getaway from the hectic pace of the city scene. Being only a couple of miles from beach access, and within a 15 minute drive to Mendocino, we offer 'the best of both worlds'!
What are you best known for?
I would say we are best known for our three course breakfasts and hospitality, based on past guest's comments.
What makes your inn unique?
Our main unique feature is that the main building was originally a stagecoach stop for Wells Fargo in the mid-1800s - our driveway was the original Hwy 1 from Eureka to San Francisco!
What do you love most about your inn?
What we love most about our property is the pastoral setting with ocean view, plethora of local, indigenous wildlife and the expanse of 7 1/2 acres that allows everyone on the property plenty of 'elbow room'.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Hmmm...#1 reason to come to our area (not necessarily Albion as Mendocino is the main draw for our part of the coast) is hard to pin down. There are festivals throughout the year of various kinds - from wine tasting events, to an annual Music Festival, as well as several food & wine pairings and arts and/or craft shows. The local county website lists the majority of these things. Of course, there is plenty of beach access, multiple state parks and hiking/biking trails that are quite popular, too!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our best compliment would have to be that we made our guests feel like they were 'coming home'. We have some really great reviews on Trip Advisor too!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Best kept secret...hmm...Sweetwater Spa is well known to locals, but not many of our guests are aware of it. Open air private hot tub/sauna rooms for a reasonable rate. We also have a couple of masseuses that offer in-room massages for a great rate. There are two horseback riding operations along the coast, and each offer amazing rides along the beach, or through the redwoods. (Ross Ranch or Ricochet Ridge Ranch)
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Guests coming for an extended stay should definitely check out the local Botanical Gardens, take a leisurely stroll through Mendocino Village, maybe take a ride on the Skunk Train one day, visit a few wineries in the Anderson Valley, and certainly check out some of the local beach access - MacKerricher State Park, Big River Beach that abuts Mendocino Headlands, or Navarro River Beach and the redwoods just south of us.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Nothing really in walking distance, except the fact that we do have trails throughout our 7 1/2 acres of meadows. Ocean views, deer frolicking, occasional great blue heron and red tail hawk sightings, etc.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our personal favorite for restaurants is Albion River Inn. We also enjoy Ledford House and Little River Inn. Our guests have really enjoyed Wild Fish, too!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Visitmendocino.com, Mendocino.com, mendocinofun.com are great sites for our area. Oh, and the local Chamber of Commerce, too.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Fensalden offers 8 units for rent: 1 private cottage, 2 suites, 3 ocean view rooms and 2 garden view rooms. (Cottage and suites are ocean view).
Do you accept pets?
We accept pets in three units...Bungalow, Tower Suite and Tower Room...with a one-time $25 pet fee per visit.