Monday, July 29, 2013

1 North: Mendocino, The John Dougherty House


The John Dougherty House  571 Ukiah St., (800) 486-2104, (707) 937-5266.  8 units; $$-$$$.  Unsuitable for children under 12.  Some wood-burning stoves.  Full breakfast.  No pets.  This 1867 salt box-style house is one of the oldest in town.  Depending on the weather, a communal living room with fireplace or sheltered deck with lounge chairs is a good place to enjoy coffee or tea and afternoon cookies.  Rooms are in the main house, in an adjacent water tower repurposed into a charming two-room suite with a 16-foot-high beamed ceiling and wood-burning stove, and in two cottages amid a lovely English garden that holds a memorably fragrant purple rose bush.  All of the cozy rooms are a little different, and most have pine furniture, stenciling on the walls, and ocean views.  Bed linens are 600-thread-count Neiman Marcus sheets, and they are always ironed.

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