On our recent trip up the Pacific coast and while exploring the magnificent Redwood National Park, we stopped overnight in the Victorian village of Ferndale One of the most photographed buildings in town is the beautiful Gingerbread Mansion. The house and gardens are a photographer’s delight. Our stay was just as delightful.
Since we arrived late in the day we missed their lovely afternoon tea social, although tea, coffee, and cookies were still available for us to enjoy. On the weekends, a more extensive formal tea is set out. Robert gave us a tour and we noted that the usual Victorian settees and love seats had been replaced with comfortable upholstered sofas and chairs. Robert informed us that they want guests to be comfortable and enjoy the common rooms.
We stayed in the Gingerbread Suite with its matching claw foot soaking tubs, queen bed and a private patio overlooking the gardens. I liked that we had an assortment of magazines in the room and fresh flowers.
Robert and Julie, along with Vince and Sue, share the innkeeping duties. Robert and Julie were there in the evening when we arrived and gave us some dining tips. Their favorite “date” place in town was the historic Hotel Ivanhoe’s dining room, with great history plus good and plentiful food.
While many of the shops had closed (to my husband’s relief) we were still able to enjoy the beautiful architecture on Ferndale’s Main Street as well as many of private homes on the surrounding streets.
After a relaxing evening and good night’s sleep, we awoke to a wonderful breakfast. The tables in the dining room were beautifully set with china, crystal stemware, fresh flowers and Carnival glass service.
The sideboard held bowls of fruit, granola and yogurt. Vince started us with Sue’s freshly baked blackberry muffin, followed by a baked apple with raisins and walnuts. Our entrée was a delicious bacon quiche.
Whether you hike, bike or kayak you will enjoy the coast; the drive through the Avenue of the Giants is not to be missed. The inn has bikes and kayaks available for use by guests and your hosts will be happy to help you plan your day. Enjoy the Gingerbread Mansion, Ferndale and all the area has to offer.
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