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Talk to Us of Mendocino
By Keith SERXNER - (contact)

My My Mendocino: A Warm Welcome at the Joshua Grindle Inn

Sunday September 25, 2005

We slept late, and so just had time for some bagels with our Montara hosts before leaving. We took the 101 and got off at Ukiah. By taking the 253 to the 128 we were able to scout out the ride we would be taking on day 4. We took notes on where the hill started (right away) how long (7 miles) and how steep (10%). Yikes!!! Well, we would just give ourselves lots of time.

We arrived at the Joshua Grindle Inn on Little Lake Rd at about 2:30. We were greeted warmly by the hostess/co-owner, Cindy, and given a key to our "Library" room, containing a complimentary bottle of wine from the local Husch winery.

A word about the Joshua Grindle Inn (www.joshgrin.com). There are many spectacular B&Bs in Mendocino. I chose the JG on the internet, based on location, price, breakfast, availability and presence in all of the "Best Of" books that I could find. It was a brilliant choice. Over the years we have been to some of the finest B&Bs imaginable, and we have seen some that were not so fine. The JG is right up there with the best. Every detail is anticipated (they give you a flashlight for your evening strolls!). The details and UPKEEP were amazing. Both Cindy and Charles obviously tried very hard to make each guest feel as if they were a special and valued friend. They memorized everybody's names, and created a feeling of familiarity amongst the guests during breakfasts. The breakfasts were crafted beautifully. While there was a seemingly endless supply, the food was not "heaping". Quiches, homemade muffins, juices, good coffee, and attentive service were the order of the day. Kudos Charles and Cindy!

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Arriving at the Joshua Grindle Inn

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The Gardens were loaded with Holyhocks,Lavender,fruit trees and all sorts of flowers

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We assembled the trike in the garden

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Everything fit...and no parts left over!

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Our room, "The Library". The bathroom was modern. The room was decorated with all sorts of delightfull details.

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Our friends the Johnsens arrived about 6PM. Here is the unique back to back trike.

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This is the parlor, where tea, coffee, apples, biscotti and Sherry were freely available, along with menus of local places.

We chose the Moosse Cafe for dinner that night. Everybody enjoyed their selections, which included Cioppino for Vicki, Pasta for Laura,soup and salad for Craig, and Brioche for myself. Laura had a glass of Pinot Noir from Navarro, which we judged to be the best of the whole trip. The desserts were all incredible, but the grapefruit sorbet was voted as the the winner. The cafe was cozy and personable. It was my favorite of the trip. We walked back to the inn and got everything ready to go for the morning.

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The watertower. There were many of these in town

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I'm a sucker for a porch

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This page from Sunset 10/05 talks about the local vineyards. We liked the Sauvignon Blanc from Husch, and the Pinot Noir from Navarro.


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