Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast

10453 Howard St. P. O. Box 132, Mendocino, California 95460
Innkeeper(s): John Crocker, Ashley Myrick
  • Introduction

    Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast - Mendocino, CaliforniaIndulge yourself and be pampered with warmth and hospitality at The Headlands Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the historic village of Mendocino, California. Built in 1868, The Headlands Inn Bed and Breakfast is a distinctive New England Victorian Salt-Box by the sea that delivers the historic charm of Mendocino.

    The Headlands Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a short stroll to Mendocino's unique shops, fine galleries, superb restaurants, and the mighty Pacific Ocean. The Inn offers seven uniquely appointed guest rooms, all with private baths and six with wood burning fireplaces, some with ocean views and/or village views.

    Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast, Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each MorningThere are six rooms in the Inn; and a romantic cottage that includes a jetted tub for 2, wood burning fireplace, cable TV/DVD, refrigerator and microwave. Included in our room rate is an exceptionally creative full breakfast: a hot entree which changes daily, homemade bread, fresh fruit, juice and a hot beverage - served on trays with fresh flowers to each room and proceeded by a San Francisco newspaper.

    Enjoy friendly conversation in our parlor, or you may wish to enjoy the comforts of your own room reading by a sparkling fire knowing your privacy will be respected and retained. We will even make dinner reservations or other arrangements for your convenience.

    Sample menu includes:

    • Ham Rolls Florentine with sherry cheddar sauce ~ Marmalade oranges
    • Stuffed Peach French toast ~ Southwestern egg casserole
    • Cantaloupe with fresh fruit salsa ~ Caramelized baked apples
    • Pumpkin bread, raisin nut bread, and pineapple zucchini bread

    What else does our romantic Northern California bed and breakfast offer?

    • White water ocean views
    • Comfy featherbeds
    • Crackling fireplaces
    • Wireless Internet
    • Bedside chocolates
    • Cozy bath robes
    • Peace and quiet
    • Afternoon tea and cookies
    • Fresh flowers
    • English gardens

    Mendocino County and the Northern California coast is a place of unsurpassed natural beauty, featuring rugged coastline with unmarred expanses of surging sea and sky, spectacular sunsets, towering redwood forests and fresh exhilarating air. Mendocino County is renowned for its rich history, art-galleries and shops, fine restaurants, recreation and vineyards. Winery tours are available to nearly 40 of Mendocino County's wineries. It can also be a place to do nothing; where one can seek solitude and inner peace. We welcome you to come and fall in love with Mendocino County and The Headlands Inn Bed and Breakfast.


    • Full breakfast lovingly prepared and delivered to your room accompanied by a San Francisco newspaper
    • Wireless Internet
    • Smoke-free atmosphere
    • TV/DVD
    • TV/VCR available upon request (Only used to play DVD or VCR, not for TV reception
    • Private bath in every room
    • Wood burning fireplaces
    • Plush Robes
    • Fresh flowers
    • Bedside chocolates
    • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies in our upstairs parlor
    • Complimentary juices, spring water, sherry and candies
    • Chairs for enjoying the English garden and ocean view
    • Public phone available in the parlor
    • Clock radios, hairdryers, shampoo/conditioner, body lotion and bath salts
    • Within easy walking distance of galleries, shops, superb restaurants, the beach and The Headlands State Park

    Rave Reviews

    "Ocean Views, feather beds, down comforters... cozy nooks to sit in and snuggle." - Best Places to Kiss in Northern California

    "You know you're in a good Bed and Breakfast Inn when you want to stay there forever." - Los Angeles Daily News

    "My favorite hotel is the Headlands Inn. . . a cozy favorite." - Alaska Airlines Magazine

    "A beautifully appointed Bed and Breakfast. . . gave us a grand view of the park and the sea." - Washington Post

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Denise and Mitch Hokanson for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Convenience to everything, our awesome breakfast, and our hospitality!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Answers the same as question #1, plus we serve a full gourmet breakfast in the privacy of our guest rooms.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We’re here! Enjoy the beauty of the area where redwood trees meet the Pacific Ocean. There is also the serenity & mystique of the Mendocino Village.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We get compliments about how convenient we are to everything, our awesome breakfast, and our hospitality!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    People are amazed by the beauty and serenity of the area. And no traffic!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Enjoy strolling through the Mendocino Village with the shops, galleries, excellent restaurants and walking distance to the Headlands State Park. Hang out at the many beautiful Northern California Pacific Ocean beaches, including Glass Beach, Mendocino Botanical Gardens, Pt. Cabrillo Light House, Skunk Train ride, enjoy the theatre, wine tasting, canoeing/kayaking, horseback riding, hiking galore through the redwoods – even to some waterfalls -- at the many California State Parks nearby.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Oh yes – shops, galleries, restaurants, theatre, beaches and the Headlands State Park.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are lots of excellent restaurants, depending on what you’re in the mood for: from an Irish Pub to fine California French dining.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Start with mendocino.com, visitmendocino.com, mendowine.com.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have eight beautiful rooms with private baths. Some have ocean and/or village views and wood burning fireplaces.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • History of the Inn

    The Headlands Inn was built in 1868 as a small barbershop on Main Street in Mendocino. The second story was added in 1873 to provide living quarters for the barber, John Barry, and his family. In 1884, the building became a "high class" restaurant, The Oyster and Coffee Saloon. The owner at that time, W.J. Wilson, used the upstairs as an annex to The Wilson Hotel.

    George Switzer purchased the house in 1893 and moved it to the present location on the corner of Howard and Albion Streets. Horses pulling the house over logs, which were used as rollers, transported it. More recently the house was known as The Bessie Strauss House. Bessie and her husband, John, bought the house in 1924 and resided there until 1979. Four of the inn's rooms carry the names of these previous owners.