California’s Exquisite Noyo Harbor Inn
December 14, 2020
Riley Contributor Beth Hoke pays a visit to Fort Bragg and the exquisite Noyo Harbor Inn for a little rest and relaxation on the California coast
Just before the Noyo River flows into the Pacific on the California coast, it rounds a bend at the base of a hill. On top of the hill sits the Noyo Harbor Inn, an historic property which has provided lodging for lumberjacks, fishermen, and travelers since 1867.
The moment you enter the lobby in the main lodge, you’ll be drawn in by the inn’s ties to the community’s past and present. From the Scandinavian shipbuilders who crafted the original wood paneling that warms the rooms, to the local fishermen who supply the chef with the catch-of-the-day, the Noyo Harbor community has played a role is making the inn the desirable destination it is today.
But the majority of the credit goes to owner Joseph Marino who took on a six-year, multi-million dollar renovation project, retaining the character of the original building while adding modern amenities.
Luxury Accommodations at Noyo Harbor Inn
All of the rooms and suites, as well as the private apartment, feature pillow-top mattresses, 42-inch flat-screen televisions with premium channels, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, all-natural toiletries from the Fable Soap Company, and a French press for the perfect cup of morning coffee. Select accommodations have gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private decks with views of the tiered gardens or the ships moored in the harbor.
The inn is a beautiful setting for an intimate wedding and reception. One of the larger rooms serves as a bridal suite where the wedding party can gather before the ceremony. A turreted gazebo set in a professionally landscaped garden is a picture-perfect spot to exchange your vows. The restaurant and sheltered deck that overlooks the river can accommodate small- to medium-sized receptions.
Executive Chef Fabrice Dubuc and his culinary team create European-inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood caught right off the coast and organic herbs and vegetables grown in the chef’s own garden. The wine list features wine from vineyards in California, France, Spain, and Portugal. Local draft beer and other bottled beverage selections are also available.
Things To Do in Fort Bragg
The Noyo Harbor Inn is just a short drive from Fort Bragg and its boutique shops, art galleries, and natural attractions. You can spend the day collecting sea glass from the famed Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park, hiking or biking the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, or kayaking down the Noyo River.
For a unique experience, ask about the inn’s new Winter Ocean Catch Adventure package. They have partnered with All Aboard Adventures to offer guests a half-day crabbing or deep sea fishing excursion or a full-day combo package.
The excursions leave right from the harbor and include all of the equipment you need to harvest the Dungeness crab for which the area is famous or catch some highly sought after Rock Cod, otherwise known as Pacific Snapper. The All Aboard Adventures staff will clean and cook your catch for an additional fee. This special package is available through December 23rd.
Contributor Beth Hoke is freelance travel and lifestyles writer.