In the heart of Mendocino, where the ocean meets coastal cliff walks, I found refuge at the MacCallum House—an inn that feels less like a place to stay and more like a portal to the soul of this coastal town.
The historic MacCallum House is my favorite Inn right in the town of Mendocino, which is the perfect jumping off point for the famous eateries, coastal walks, and boutiques. The quaintness of the inn mirrors the intimate connection between the historic architecture, the local flavors, and the wild beauty that envelops Mendocino.
A Charming Historical Escape
The MacCallum House stands as a testament to the beauty of small-scale hospitality as one of the best inns on the Mendocino Coast. With only 19 rooms, it isn’t just a place to lay your head; it’s a homestead of Victorian charm, where each corner tells a story and every visitor becomes part of a shared narrative.
Completed in 1882, the MacCallum House was famous from day one for being a large and modern home. It was a wedding gift that these days, is owned by a local family in Mendocino, a gorgeous town on the northern California coast.
The gardens are immaculate, and many of the rooms have been recently renovated, including our room (#15), which has a fireplace, sitting area, and its own private hot tub!
What sets the MacCallum House apart is its location, right in the heart of Mendocino town. The inn’s walkable distance to the headlands, some of the best restaurants in town, boutique shopping, and cafes makes it a haven for those who wish to savor local wine, indulge in culinary delights, and wander without the weight of car keys.
You’ve got nature, the delicious food, and the charm of town all within your fingertips when staying at MacCallum House.
If you do want to explore some of the local state parks or Fort Bragg‘s famous harbor seals or glass sand beach, much of the best to see is just a 5-15 minute drive away.
Feasting at MacCallum House Restaurant
The culinary experience at the MacCallum House is a farm-to-table delight. The restaurant, an extension of the inn’s hospitality, is a gastronomic celebration where fresh, local ingredients take center stage.
The MacCallum House Restaurant is an homage to Mendocino’s bounty—a testament to testament to Chef Alan Kantor’s commitment to serving not just food but a slice of coastal heritage on every plate. It’s one of few restaurants to offer a tasting menu, which is paired with local wines as well, and can be done as either a standard or vegetarian experience.
Final Thoughts: A Mendocino Gem, Family-Style
In the realm of Mendocino inns, the MacCallum House is a gem, a family-owned treasure that represents the spirit of the town. When you stay, you are part of a narrative that has unfolded over generations.
While there are many inns all over the Mendocino coast, and all of them have their own charming reasons to stay, the MacCallum house is one of the most convenient for its location and delicious restaurant. If you want to forget where your keys are for the weekend and truly just relax with some friends or family, this is my favorite Mendocino Inn that’s right in town.
*Thanks to MacCallum House for hosting our stay. All thoughts on this charming victorian hotel are my own.