Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn
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Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn in Trinidad, California, on California's Redwood Coast, welcomes you to discover... Picture yourself sitting out on your private room deck overlooking a sweeping ocean vista of majestic offshore rocks at the enchanting Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn, on the North Coast of Northern California. The inn is the closest oceanfront lodging to Eureka, only 25 minutes drive north, but a magnificent land apart where forested mountains meet a dramatic coastline of rocky coves, huge headlands and offshore rocks. Situated on three acres, all rooms private decks and baths and king-size beds and enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean and the offshore Turtle Rocks and sea lion colony. Just 15 minutes south of Redwood National Park in Humboldt County (just north of Mendocino County), the southern gateway for vacation travel to the Pacific Northwest.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Roger Glidden for sharing his secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The world-class oceanfront setting and guest rooms of our bed and breakfast inn and the redwood parks and ocean beaches.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our very spacious rooms with large windows and private room decks overlooking the offshore landmark rocks known as the "Turtle Rocks" and the huge sweep of ocean view up and down the coast.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Beaches and giant old-growth redwoods
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our bed and breakfast inn is the best place they have ever stayed ( we get this comment often written in our guest book ).
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The beaches and the restaurants
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
We have one, two, and three day itineraries on our website that take up many pages ( click on "Itineraries" on our website ). There are 40 miles of coastline in parks and 90% of the remaining redwoods in the world.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Patrick's Point State Park is a 640 acre oceanfront park with spectacular hiking trails.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Larrupin' Cafe in Trinidad ( two miles south of our bed and breakfast inn. See our website "Dining" reviews.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have six rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. McKinleyville Animal Care Center ( 707 839-2509 ) 15 minutes south of the inn provides complete pet boarding and care and daily exercise. Veterinarians on staff
About the Inn
The inn was built new in 1995 and designed for each room to take full advantage of the tremendous ocean view. Located in a wind-protected cove just south of Patricks Point State Park, the inn is perched on a bluff high above the crashing surf. Each guest room offers a stunning, unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean with its waves pounding the huge offshore seastacks known, collectively, as the Turtle Rocks. Your room was designed and furnished to be a "retreat-unto-itself" with great space, comfort, and quiet... a wonderful private place with extraordinarily large and airy rooms that features special amenities.
- Your own private glass-paneled deck overlooking the Pacific
- An extraordinarily large and airy room
- A private bath with oversize tub/shower and locally-made bath gels, salts, and soaps
- A California King-size bed
- Cable stereo TV with remote
- Your own phone with private line and number (all local calls are free of charge)
- Double-walled construction insures privacy and quietness
- Contemporary furniture and antique amenities blend for an eclectic atmosphere of warmth and comfort. High Speed Wireless
After checking into your room, you might visit the inn's self-serve area just off the Great Room featuring a vintage refrigerator with complimentary sparkling juices, soft drinks, and ice and a counter full of inn-baked desserts, fresh fruit, gourmet organic French roast coffee, and hot water for individually-wrapped teas.
The Great Room with its open beamed high ceiling and expansive picture windows offers a commanding ocean view. Grab the house binoculars for a closer look at the sea lion colony on the ocean rocks below or just relax on a sofa with a local newspaper magazine.
If it's the scent of the salt air you crave, step outside onto the glass-paneled redwood deck adjoining the Great Room or follow the meandering path over the bluff to the two-tiered "Whale Watch" deck with its rocking chairs and chaise lounges...a great spot to unwind to the rhythms of the ocean and feel the rush of a slight sea spray ascending on a billowing breeze.
In the morning, a hearty full breakfast buffet awaits you, fresh baked in the inn kitchen, and ready at 9 a.m. Your breakfast may be a quiche or casserole egg dish, country-style or scalloped hot potatoes, and yeast rolls. A fresh-cut fruit salad, granola, yogurt, and orange juice are standard breakfast faire. For the early riser, fresh organic French roast coffee is available from 7 a.m. and coffee cake hot from the oven at 8 a.m..
If you decide to venture out beyond the grounds of the inn, you will discover a diverse area. Less than a mile walk is the entry to the special 632-acre ocean front Patrick's Point State Park with its huge rock headlands, promontories, and miles of trails.
As part of the Pacific Flyway, one of four continental migration routes, the area is a bird watcher's haven. Big Lagoon 5 miles north, is an important resting and feeding site for thousands of birds. Redwood National Park is only 15 miles north with 40 miles of coastline and 106,000 acres of protected redwoods. Always exciting to see are the elk herds often encountered roaming the park lands.
The Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn provides the ideal lodging location for exploring the magnificent redwoods, the spectacular beaches and lagoons, and the surrounding towns of McKinleyville, Arcata. and Eureka to the south and Orick to the north, each with its own unique charm. We love to help our guests find exciting things to do around Humboldt County and the Redwood Coast.
Trinidad boasts the most magnificent stretch of coastline in all of California. Its distance from the Bay Area and Los Angeles have kept it one of the state's best kept scenic secrets. It is a natural showcase of emerald islands, ocean caves, gigantic offshore rocks, endemic wildlife, jagged headlands, and myriad unique beaches, each having a distinct character. The native Yurok Indians considered every rock and cove to be sacred, attributing names to each one, as well as stories about their origins.
The coastline spans from the giant sea stacks of Patrick's Point State Park in the north to the mouth of Little River in the south. The Turtle Rocks Inn is situated on one of the most dramatically beautiful stretches of this sacred coastline. Nestled in a protective cove with a panoramic view of two giant headlands, a 180 degree expanse of sea, and an abundance of offshore rocks teaming with sea lions and other aquatic life, the Inn is also in an ideal location for accessing the other coastal attractions Trinidad has to offer.
If you're venturing north or traveling south on Hwy 101, exit Patrick's Point Drive and head 1.5 miles down the street and on the seaward side you'll find the Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn. Call or write today for reservations and more information
Old Town, Humboldt Bay, and fine Victorian homes.
Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn is handicapped-accessible.
A full gourmet breakfast buffet is served each morning in the inn dining room from 8:45 AM to 10 AM offering a delicious variety of choices for our guests. Four dishes hot from the ovens of the inn kitchen often include a variety of quiches, twice-baked red potatoes, yeast rolls or biscuits, and coffee cake with fresh fruit. The rolls, biscuits, coffee cakes, and quiche crusts are all made from organic flour using heirloom recipes producing wonderful delectable treats. These are the signature dishes of the Turtle Rocks breakfasts. Sometimes layered egg and cheese-based casseroles called "Strata" are substituted for the quiche as well as another heirloom gem, a Ukrainian dumpling called "varenyky" similar to the German "pierogi". A wide selection of fresh fruit, mostly organically grown, is cut daily for our custom fruit salad. New England "Supernatural" granola and Horizon organic vanilla yogurt are also standard breakfast fare. Locally produced Casa Lindra's mild salsa, milk, butter, jams and jellies, and fresh orange juice round out the inn breakfast.
Preceding breakfast and throughout the day gourmet organic coffee is available in the beverage area. Organic Gayo Mountain Sumatran, Brazilian, Thai, and Costa Rican coffees are the current favorites. All coffees are made from the inn's pure spring water. Also available throughout the day are a wide assortment of teas mostly organic including many green teas, ginger, lemon ginger, Moroccan mint, black teas and chais, orange spice, and many others. Yes, even Lipton! An antique Kelvinator refrigerator is stocked with cold beverages including Juice Squeeze, bottled water, sparkling waters, soft drinks, and Martinelli's sparkling apple juice. A large bowl of fresh fruit, mostly organic, can always be found adjacent to the beverage and dessert area of the inn.
All food and beverages at the inn are included at no extra charge for our guests
A buffet of afternoon desserts await you from 3 PM to 8 PM each day. Our signature heirloom dessert is our inn-baked chocolate chip cookies with pecans. Other desserts can include brownies with walnuts. apple cinnamon walnut coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, chocolate cake, blackberry pie (picked from the inn's acres of blackberries in summer and fall season), lemon meringue pie, or apple pie and fruit tarts.
Fodor's Northern California
"the best view in Trinidad and the builders have made the most of it."
"California Dreamin'" - Trip Advisor
"My husband and I enjoyed all the lodgings we selected for our 10 day Portland to SF coast trip but Turtle Rocks was by far the best. Francine and Roger provide all the amenities of a B&B with the privacy of an inn. The breakfasts were exceptional and the location near Patrick's Point was a highlight. But best of all was the room - quiet, elegant with an unparalleled view; I was in sea lion heaven! We really will make a point to return to this lovely spot as soon as we can."
"Amazing absolutely the best.” - Trip Advisor
"It was the best ocean experience ever. The inns location is secluded and private. The rooms lush and cozy. The inn keepers informative and non intrusive. Vacation at it's best."
“NorCal Coast Gem” - Trip Advisor
"Super Bed and Breakfast. Lovely owners and hosts. Magnificient views. Great restaurant down the street. Perfect place to stop and sleep on any NorCal Coast road trip."