4 Hyper-Local Boutique Hotels in California
SACRAMENTO, CA [December 30, 2019]—Many boutique hotels in California have deep connections to their local communities. Most rely heavily on locally sourced food and wine, but a few take local sourcing to the next level, with building materials, décor, artwork, amenities, and even linens hand-crafted locally. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has compiled a list of some of the most hyper-local inns in California.
Extraordinary natural beauty and bespoke architectural design are decidedly home-grown at the Inn at Newport Ranch. With the Pacific Ocean and majestic redwood forests as backdrops, the property sits on the 2,500-acre site of an abandoned oceanfront mill town near Mendocino, one of three locations that milled and shipped old growth timbers to build much of San Francisco. The redwood timber and rocks used to build the inn came from the surrounding land. The living room floorboards were cut from a single tree trunk. The dining room has a 6-inch slice of a 14-foot diameter tree trunk embedded in the floor. The walls, tables, beds, doors were all crafted from local redwood. In fact, all 40 of the inn’s doors were made from a single tree. The enormous stones used to build the fireplaces and walkways were all harvested on site as well.
Also on the Mendocino Coast, the Brewery Gulch Inn prides itself on being uber-local, starting with its construction. The contemporary Arts and Crafts-style inn was built in 2001 from 15,000 feet of redwood board eco-salvaged from Mendocino’s Big River. The redwood timbers had been cut by loggers 100 to 150 years earlier but had sunk to the bottom of the river on their way to the mill. They were perfectly preserved by the cold, mineral-rich water. In addition to the building itself, the inn features furniture crafted by local woodworkers and artwork from local artists, including glassware from Fire and Light in nearby Humboldt County. An accomplished executive chef prepares gourmet organic meals crafted from produce sourced on-site (from the inn’s own herb and edible flower garden) and from local farms. The Brewery Gulch Inn also pours local wines and beers, while local musicians serenade guests.
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa radiates the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley. The inn has taken farm-to-table dining up a few notches, with nearly all of the meat and produce raised just seven miles away on the 714-acre Fess Parker Home Ranch. The ranch is a self-contained, sustainable, and human-scaled eco-system that inspires Chef John Cox’s Southern-influenced, California-fueled cuisine for the inn’s restaurant, The Bear and Star. But it’s not just the food that is locally sourced. The restaurant’s ceramic dinnerware is made by Rolled Oats Pottery a few miles away in Solvang. The water glasses are hand-blown in Santa Barbara. The leather placemats, linen napkins, utensils, star-shaped iron trivets, and room-service delivery box are also all locally made. Designed by the chef, the wooden room-service box features a drawer for holding a bottle of wine and unique dinnerware that can both stack and cover dishes to be delivered to the room.
Reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, Murieta Inn and Spa embodies the history and local flavor of the Sierra Foothills. Located 25 miles east of downtown Sacramento and 15 minutes from Amador County Wine Country, its location makes the hotel a sought-after destination for weddings and romantic getaways. The recently constructed property features custom woodwork, decorative railings and gates, and sculptures created by local artists and craftsmen. The rooms areadorned with prints by local artists and photographers. Just minutes away, the hotel’s own five-acre Angel Wing Farm is the main source of ingredients for its on-site restaurant, The Gate. Sacramento Magazine recently honored The Gate for having the best locally-sourced ingredients for 2019. In addition, the inn’s wine list is dominated by wines from nearby Amador and El Dorado wine country.
For more information about these and other boutique hotels in California, visit www.cabbi.com.
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