Monday, July 8, 2013

1 North: Mendocino, MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant

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MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant  45020 Albion St., (800) 609-0492, (707) 937-0289.  19 rooms; $$-$$$+.  Some wood-burning fireplaces & stoves.  Hot tub.  Full breakfast; restaurant.  Pets ok in some rooms.  Built in 1882 by William H. Kelley for his newlywed daughter, Daisy MacCallum, this converted Victorian mansion was one of the first B&Bs in the area.  The six attractively decorated rooms are furnished with antiques, many of which belonged to the original owner, but TVs are, unfortunately, no longer covered with fabric TV cozies.  The second-floor communal game room has a spectacular ocean view.  A water tower suite is fitted with a bed on the first floor, a bathroom with an ocean view on the second, and another bed with an ocean view on the third.  (The water tower has a working redwood tank on the very top, and the original 50-foot-deep hand-dug well below still produces water.)  Accommodations are also available in newer cottages adjacent to the house.  Some rooms have private hot tubs.  Non-guests can purchase a gourmet organic breakfast, which is served in a sunny cafe or, in good weather, outdoors. 
    The restaurant (D daily; $$$.  Reservations advised.) serves dinners in the house’s dining room.  The regional menu might offer Niman Ranch rack of lamb with a lavender-rosemary popover, or crispy fried chicken with green-onion mashed potatoes and mushroom-sherry gravy.  On cold nights, guests are warmed by crackling fires in two fireplaces built of smooth river stone.  Light dinners and snacks are available across the hall in the cozy Grey Whale Bar & Cafe, also operated by the restaurant.  Drinks are handmade with organic fruit, herbs, and spices and include margaritas and daiquiris.

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