Rustic, Authentic and Majestic – A North Coast hideaway at one with land and sea.
Rugged and powerful, this Northern California landscape is as muscled as the lumberjacks that once worked Newport, a lumber town that flourished more than a century ago. Today, it is home to the Inn at Newport Ranch, a redwoodforested modern hideaway that’s about three hours from San Francisco. The Inn is nestled among the giant trees on a 2,000 acre working cattle ranch. Far from the celebrity-studded sands of Malibu, the Inn is rustic and authentic.
A weekend visit left us charmed by the surprising, sustainable details that are a thoughtful nod to the heritage of the land and sea. The Inn was developed by Will Jackson, a Vermont resident and retired Wall Street investment manager, who first started buying property in the area in the 1980s. The majestic outdoors has been cleverly brought inside by Vermont architects Dave Sellers and Jim Sanford: Cathedral ceilings reach high, redwood logs with bark intact frame interior space.
Especially welcoming after taking in the misty sea air on a leisurely stroll among the rugged ocean bluffs, was a glass of superb fireside wine in the magnificent Great Room (should one be inclined, outdoor fire pits are also available for evening s’mores). A handful of individually designed suites and the owner’s cottage are each situated to capture the sweeping majestic vistas that drew Jackson to the area originally. The Inn evokes a luxurious ski lodge. At first glance the outside of the cedar-shrouded main hotel structure, described online as “coastal ranch” style, resembles a cross between a high-end ski lodge and a farmhouse. But unusual details soon become apparent, such as the small metal-framed windows, one of many industrial touches that appear throughout the complex.
With over a mile of coastline and twenty miles of trails through the hills, valleys, meadows and of course, deep, dark forests, how best to explore? On horseback, in an ATV or on a mountain bike? The Inn offers all. Bring a BBQ picnic along for the ride and perch on a ridge sloping down to the Pacific Ocean. On our visit, the chefs delighted us with an intimate dinner of homemade gourmet ranch-style cuisine around the communal naturally-felled redwood table. Dinner was organic salad picked fresh from the Inn’s garden and nearby farmers markets, meat and fish sourced from local farmers and fishermen, paired with delicious wine.
After a restful night’s sleep on cloud like beds, the fragrance of healthily home crafted breakfast gently lured us out of bed to enjoy the bounty. The Inn expertly hosts intimate weddings and group events. Venue possibilities range from the beautiful outdoor space during warmer months to the inside in the formal dining rooms next to the majestic 20-foot fireplace for cooler weather. Whichever venue you choose to celebrate in at the Inn, you will have stunning ocean and coastal range views and a gracious team to help you execute your special event perfectly. We were willingly transported back to Newport in its heyday, an environment that remains spectacularly untouched. Time at the Inn at Newport Ranch is an extraordinary journey.
A tip: Visitors during the Fall and Spring months will delight in glimpsing lingering pods of migrating Blue, Gray, and Orca whales.
INN AT NEWPORT RANCH
31502 CA-1 Fort Bragg, CA 95437