The last few weeks were tough. Not only was it the beginning of January (that is pretty tough) but it was the start of my boss's maternity leave. Let's call that a double whammy. Well it was hard. Late nights and early mornings reminded me of jobs of my past (ones that I am glad I am no longer at) But let's keep things positive...we had a three day weekend last weekend. It was an amazing opportunity to regroup and relax with the ladies.
We had originally planned to go to Autocamp in the Russian River. Our plans changed at the last minute due to flooding in that area (yay for the CA drought being nearly over) so we had to pivot quickly. Thanks to my friends over at Sunset Magazine, I had heard about a newly renovated hotel up on the northern coast near Mendocino called Timber Cove. The website is cute and they had availability for us so I booked our room.
I didn't expect such a perfect trip. The windy road getting up there left a few of us a little car sick (just watch out for cows on the road) but once we arrived, we all were in heaven. The hotel is perched on a beautiful cliff overlooking the ocean. Most of the rooms face out to the ocean (ours was a "forest" view) and I can only imagine their stunning views. The room was perfectly decorated with minimal white and pine accents but lovely extras like a fireplace, record player and pour-over station. We poured ourselves a cocktail and headed downstairs to play foosball and swing under the heat lamps. They were even doing a wine tasting in the lobby. I loved how all of the guests were congregating in the great room, having drinks and playing games. There is a firepit in the back and the front of the hotel as well, that you can cozy up to.
After enjoying our cocktails, we headed to dinner which was only steps away from the great room. There isn't much near to the hotel so this was the most convenient option (plus driving windy roads at night, no thanks) We loved the selection of food because it was locally sourced, expertly prepared and reasonably affordable. I had scallops with butternut squash and mushrooms that I absolutely loved. The corkage fee was $20 which I found pretty affordable as well.
After our delicious meal, we moved over to the large fireplace and posted up there laughing until late in the evening. The staff was super friendly and came over to talk to us several times. They seemed clearly invested in the hotel and very proud of the renovations. We grabbed a few records from the lobby and headed back to our room around midnight. That night we fell asleep to Cat Power and the light of the fireplace. The beds were so cozy and fluffy, I nearly purchased a brand new bedding set when I came home, with the hopes of replicating my experience.
The next morning we had breakfast in the restaurant which was equally as good as dinner. We took a stroll along the dramatic cliffs circling the property, with really made you appreciate the location. To finish the day off, on our way home, we went on a Bohemian Creamery for a very informative (and tasty) lesson in cheesemaking. Full on cheese, we made our way back to San Francisco.
Even though our trip was barely 24 hours, it really felt like we were able to make the most of our stay. I highly recommend making it out to the hotel if you have a long (or regular weekend) it was a world away from San Francisco and the perfect remedy for a few stressful weeks.