Against the cluster of Mendocino’s Victorian manors, the timbered Stevenswood Lodge is decidedly different. Located along the rugged Northern California coast, about three hours north of San Francisco, lodge is equal parts art gallery, spa repose and culinary hideaway. The lodge’s restaurant, has been touted by Zagat Survey as one of the Number One Restaurants in Northern California for Continental Cuisine, presents an enticing outlet for those who enjoy epicurean excursions.
This contemporary retreat is set back in a wooded glen created from centuries-old trees. Behind each guestroom door fireplaces crackle, original artwork abounds, refrigerators are always stocked and unencumbered views go on for miles. Stevenswood is also a place of indulgence, where spa therapists work their magic in the privacy of your suite. Private canyon rim spas, concealed within the forest, provide further relaxation. A leisurely gourmet dinner, served nightly, is accompanied by fine wine and presented in the intimate garden-side dining room. Come morning, guests are treated to a sumptuous complimentary breakfast.
A trail from the lodge’s back door leads to the 2,400-acre Van Damme State Park, which surrounds the property on three sides. Just two miles up the road is the charming village of Mendocino, whose narrow streets are lined with art galleries, boutiques and delightful eateries. The area is also primed for deep forest hikes, strolls along desolate beaches, canoe jaunts down the Big River, and wine tasting along the back roads.