A recent stay at the newly reopened Heritage House Resort in Mendocino County has made it clear that this icon of northern California has come back with a goal of achieving and exceeding its glorious past as a romantic destination on the rugged and beautiful Mendocino Coast.
The Heritage House was made famous in the critically acclaimed 1978 romantic comedy, "Same Time Next Year", starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The resort is perched high above the Pacific Ocean on 37 rugged and dramatic acres of eucalyptus and cypress. Unfortunately, the Heritage House sat idle for 5 years during which time the extreme coastal conditions of wind, rain and salt spray wreaked havoc on the buildings. But that is all changing. The owners are in the middle of a $10 million three phased renovation and building effort which is committed to reestablishing the resort as a premier 4-Star fun destination for both couples and families. They are well on their way to achieving that long awaited outcome!
The resort consists of a main complex that houses the office, restaurant, bar/lounge, gym and some of the guest quarters. Most accommodations are happily scattered around the 37 acres making them all seem quite private and secluded. There are duplex, quadra-plex and in some cases individual cabins. The most important aspect of these cabins is their amazing views of the dramatic coastline, hidden coves and the mesmerizing ocean!
About 35 units have been renovated (there will be 70 units when the last phase is completed) and the results are exquisite in terms of decor and appearances (inside and out). Don't be concerned about any disruption to your private relaxing hideaway as the renovation efforts do not seem to intrude.
The 37 acres, 5 miles of redwood split rail fencing and a 73 step stairway to the beach, offers guests abundant walking space and numerous dramatic vantage points for enjoying the surroundings.
Dining is currently limited to dinner and a continental breakfast but after the kitchen remodel is completed the resort manager intends to serve 3 meals a day. Until then, Chef Fabrice Dubuc, is somewhat limited in his ability to express his full culinary creativity but does quite well in his very constrained spaces. Looking forward to dining with him again after the kitchen renovation is complete early in 2014. The bar and lounge offer Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm and if you stay for dinner you will receive a complimentary dessert.
For those who wish to enjoy an escape from cell phones, television and computers, the cell coverage is poor and you can always leave the others turned off. Recognizing our technological society, however, the resort has made a significant investment in fiber optics and wireless devices to offer in room wireless internet and large flat screens televisions.
The Heritage House is back and busy polishing the jewel as it improves upon its 'same time next year' heritage. Check out this iconic destination and all that Mendocino and its coast have to offer.
The resort is located at 5200 North Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456, about 3 hours drive from San Francisco following Highway 101 to Cloverdale and then heading west on Highway 128 to Highway 1. The last 1.5 hours takes you through the beautiful Anderson Valley, along the Navarro River and watershed and, of course, along the Coast! Well worth it! Reservations at: 707-202-9000 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org