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Benbow Inn–Hollywood’s Golden Age Elite Hotspot

August 9, 2015
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I’ve driven past the Benbow Inn too many times to count. It’s located in Northern California’s Garberville. My mom had been telling me for years to stop there and eat next time I pass it. For some reason this place just never appealed to me until last weekend-I just did it. Parked the car, got out and to my surprise it was just lovely! The staff was very friendly upon entry and seated us for Brunch right away. It was official I had been charmed by the Benbow!benbow inn entrance    This Tudor designed Inn is in a lovely setting-right off the 101 freeway (200 miles above San Francisco). It opened it’s doors in 1926 and soon became a popular stop for motorist traveling up the newly paved 101. This Inn is part of the Historic Hotels of America–National trust for Historic Preservation meaning that it has to be at least 50 years old and recognized as a Local and National Historic Landmark.

Fun Fact! The seclusion of this resort attracted hollywood royalty at the time! Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable (my favorite), Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Joan Fontaine and Basil Rathbone

We passed by a lovely little garden on the walk up.benbow inn garden redwoods flowers  I believe this patio is where people get seated for overflow. People were sitting and enjoying it when we arrived.benbow inn entrance      And here is the view looking back from the entrance. We were greeted by a server and quickly seated for brunch on the back terrace–oh those Redwoods!benbow inn garden    If you are into quaint, historical, and homey Inn’s then this is the place for you! The interior had that musky scent of an antique store.  I did not see an elevator for the handicapped but I did notice a sign out front that said they were making renovations to better suit the handicapped–I am not sure when they will be done but it says they offer assistance to the disabled.

benbow inn lobby

benbow inn lobby

The outdoor eating area was picturesque and the weather couldn’t have been better. The staff was friendly and efficient–the best combo!!

benbow inn terrace

I love a spacious dining area!benbow inn terrace

benbow inn terrace

benbow inn terrace at brunch

I thought the menu had enough options. I chose the Vegetarian Eggs Benedict.

benbow inn brunch menu

And to my surprise out came this beautiful looking food! –and it tasted even better then it looked! Everything was super fresh including the just squeezed orange juice. Delicious! Below is the Vegetarian Eggs Benedict $16 and the French Toast with Marscapone and Raspberries $14. I had the Eggs Benedict–the eggs were poached to perfection!vegetarian eggs benedict and rasberry french toast          The food was so on point that I was already planning in my mind what to try when I came back!

benbow inn eel river view

The view of the Eel River was so peaceful and tranquil–while the soft ambiance of Big Band music played in the background–one of my favorite musical era’s! loved it! You can see a couple of the private patios to the rooms below.

benbow inn eel river view

benbow inn eel river view

My Quick Take: The Benbow Inn was such a wonderful surprise! I can’t believe how many times I have driven by it and never gave it a second thought–if that is you–stop and go in! You will not regret it! I love visiting any kind of Historical sights and finding out that Clark Gable visited here made my day!

Current Chefs: Execute Chef-Dustin Vallance, Lead Breakfast Cook-Bryan Walker, Pastry/sous Chef-Jennifer Vallance, Pastry Assistant-Cindy Stiggins.

Phone: (707) 923-2124 | (800) 355-3301

Address445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, California, 95542, United States

Reservations: Benbowinn.com

To Book a Room click here.

Have you been here? What do you recommend on the Menu? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Historical Dining!

Xx

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