The historic Harbor House Inn rests on the edge of the rustic Pacific Coast in Mendocino. The Inn was first built in 1916 by American Architect Louis Christian Mullgardt, and recently remodeled by Roff Barnett, to showcase the beauty of the redwoods. It has since evolved and stands as both a timeless sanctuary and culinary destination. The Inn is surrounded by the majestic old growth redwood forest, and the dramatic coastline of California. Following a recent remodel, the property features classic and antique furnishings, fireplaces, decks, and pathways to magnificent gardens with vistas that lead to a private beach. Guests can relax in our stately sitting room and take in the breathtaking ocean views from our dining room. Miles of pristine beaches, cliffs, and rocky shorelines invite guests to embody the spontaneous pace of nature while savoring the wild beauty that is the North Coast of California.
Redwood: Gardenview Classic Guest Room
Greenwood: Gardenview Classic Guest Room
Meadowview: Gardenview Classic Guest Room
Cypress: Oceanview Classic Guest Room
Harbor: Oceanview Classic Guest Room
Edgewood: Partial Oceanview Cottage Suite
Shorepine: Oceanview Cottage Suite
Oceansong: Oceanview Cottage Suite
Seaview: Oceanview Cottage Suite
Our restaurant offers a 25-seat dining room that sits above the Pacific coastline. Seasonality and weather shape our menus as we rely primarily on what is produced in our immediate surroundings. The North Coast terrain promotes flavors unique to our location, supported by a product-driven style of cooking. We focus on natural sources of heat through steam and fire to highlight the true taste in our ingredients. By minimizing imports, cultivating as much food from our own land and tidepools as possible, we offer a hyper-local experience that is constantly evolving.
The Harbor House Inn wine cellar includes hand crafted, local, sustainable, small production wines. Our collection primarily focuses on Northern California, with an available selection of old world wines.
Our Dining Room is open from Thursday-Monday, from 6:00 - 9:00pm, and will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Reservations can be made directly through Resy. Inn guests will be prompted to note whether a dinner reservation should be added to their stay during the booking process. Breakfast is included for all guests staying onsite.
Our unique amenities include a wide array of offerings for the adventure and leisure seekers alike. For those wishing to explore the great outdoors, our team can help coordinate guided tours, hikes and adventures. Whether that be seeking out guided mushroom foraging expeditions, or navigating hikes through the hundreds of acres of neighboring national forests, our team can plan a personalized expedition to your liking. For our guests who wish to relax and rejuvenate, we offer on-site massage therapy and wine tasting on our back terrace. Each experience is curated to give our visitors a sense of harmony and connection with nature:
Sample from our award-winning collection of wines. Whether that be ordering the perfect bottle upon arrival, setting up a wine tasting on our oceanview deck, or adding a carefully selected wine pairing to your dinner, our sommelier can help you pick the perfect wine for your visit.
Host a picnic among the many scenic beaches on the North Coast. Our team will pack a basket filled with delicious snacks, beverages, and other picnic necessities.
Follow the garden pathways down to our own private beach for shell collecting and breathtaking views of Wharf Rock.
Let us plan a private horseback riding trip through the redwood forest, cliff lined beaches, or inland mountains of Elk.
Take part in a fishing charter, and we can include your catch as a course during dinner.
Adventure through the endless trails and terrains, just within a short-drive from the Inn. Check out Greenwood State Beach, Navarro River Redwoods State Park, Van Damme State Park or the Mendocino Headlands for breathtaking views and solitude.
Experienced kayakers can take advantage of the nearby rivers and coastline through a private kayak tour.
Step into the wild Redwood Forest to hunt edible wild mushrooms on a guided expedition.
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As executive chef and property manager for Harbor House Inn, a century-old inn and
restaurant on California’s Mendocino Coast in Elk, CA, Aisha Ibrahim oversees the
property’s operations while executing an elevated, seasonal food and beverage program
that showcases ingredients found among the area’s forests and coasts. “Our approach puts
forth an evolving menu that reflects and respects the landscape of this region”, she
says. With experience in a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world,
Ibrahim unites fine dining tenets with the ingredients of the lush region.
From the lobby, to the rooms, to the spa and the restaurant,
Ibrahim is committed to serving her guests with sincerity and a more thoughtful approach to
service. “Throughout my extensive travels, I’ve discovered that warm, genuine, and
thoughtful service lies at the core of every impactful experience.”
Born in Iligan City, Philippines Ibrahim immigrated to the United States with her
family in 1991, settling in West Virginia. Although her parents shared and fostered a love of
cooking with Ibrahim, she focused on basketball, going on to play Division 1 for Elon
University in North Carolina. When a knee injury took her off the court, she rediscovered
her love of cuisine through cookbooks and decided to make a change, relocating to San
Francisco to attend the California Culinary Academy and earn a Le Cordon Bleu associates
degree in culinary arts in 2008. She quickly discovered countless parallels between the
kitchen and the basketball court in regards to teamwork and discipline.
Her career began in San Francisco with an externship at Aqua, followed by a line
cook role at Betelnut and then the sous chef title—and eventually, executive chef title—at
Ramblas Tapas Bar. After staging at the three-Michelin- starred RyuGin in Tokyo in 2011,
Ibrahim joined Commis, the restaurant from chef James Syhabout until 2012. She also worked at the ow three-Michelin- starred Manresa, rising from a stage position to sous chef by 2015.
The internationally experienced chef was eventually tapped to run Aziamendi in
Thailand and co-run the Aziamendi88 pop-up at the Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Eneko Atxa of Azurmendi in Bibao, Spain. Ibrahim also spoke at the 2015 Watermark Conference for Women and the 2016 MAD5 Culinary Symposium.
After a 6-month sabbatical spent sampling cuisine and culture throughout 15 countries, Ibrahim felt drawn back to the California coast. Instantly attracted to the Harbor House Inn’s unique location, she took on her current role as Executive Chef in 2017.
How to Book: For inn reservations, please book directly through our website, or contact us by phone at 1(800)720-7474 between the hours of 7:30am - 6pm. Reservations for the inn will require a one-night minimum deposit including tax and fees.
Occupancy: Our room rates are based on double occupancy. Please note that we do not allow more than two people in a room.
Checking In and Out:
Check-in from 3pm-6pm. For later arrivals, please notify our staff of your arrival time 24 hours in advance. We are available to hold luggage for early arrivals.
Check-out is at 12:00 pm.
Dinner Bookings for Inn Guests: Our guests are given priority to book dinner reservations, which can be done while booking accommodations through our website.
Other Policies: We do not allow smoking, pets on the property, or children under the age of 15.
For cancellations regarding a stay at the inn, any cancellation from time of booking until 1 week to the 3PM check-in time is subject to a $200 admin. A cancellation received within 1 week of your stay, will result in the forfeit of the one-night deposit including taxes and fees.
Prices and Taxes: The inn charges 11% Transient Occupancy Tax each night. All other sales on the property will include a 7.875% sales tax.
Payment and Terms at Check in, Check-out: Room accommodations require advance payment of one night’s stay + taxes to serve as a deposit. The remainder of your stay will be billed at time of check-out.
Site Security: Our site uses encrypted technologies and state of the art (SSL) sockets to protect your transactions and personal information from being compromised.
Accessibility or Special Needs: Harbor House Inn offers handicap accessible walkways, an elevator, and room for guests who request additional assistance.
Parking: Our parking lot provides 21 parking spaces at the front of the Inn.
Events at the Inn: Our property will be available for rent during special events, which includes weddings, corporate retreats, and other special occasions.
Property Damage: Harbor House Inn reserves the right to charge individual guests or representative (lead) guests for the cost of rectifying damage caused by the deliberate, negligent or reckless acts of a guest or guests to the Inn’s property and/or third-party property. If such damage is discovered during the stay it will be drawn to the guest’s attention but if discovered after a guest/guests depart(s) then the Inn may charge the responsible guest’s credit / debit card or send an invoice of costs for the damages to the guest’s registered address. In such instances, the Inn would make every effort to mitigate the cost for repairing or replacing property damaged by a guest.
Force Majeure: We highly encourage guests to purchase travel insurance to protect them from unforeseeable circumstances that may require last minute cancellations.
Liability: Guests are personally liable for those charges they incur during their stay. A person who, by means of a credit card or otherwise, books one or more rooms at the Inn on behalf of someone other than himself/herself (such as a person, a group, an association, a company) is personally liable (guarantees payment) to the Inn for all charges incurred - by the person, persons, group, association or company - that are owed to the Inn.
Use of Personal Information: Any and all the information collected on this site will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, reused, rented, disclosed or loaned.
Eviction: Harbor House Inn reserves the right to ask any guest to immediately leave the property under one or more of the following circumstances:
1. if the guest does not pay or lacks the ability to pay;
2. if the guest overstays beyond the dates specified in the reservation contract without the Inn’s agreement;
3. if the guest is drunk, disorderly or otherwise creates risk of harm to employees or other guests;
4. if the guest is violating the law; and/or
5. if the guest is ill with any “infectious, contagious or communicable disease.”
Assumption of Liability for Personal Injury:
In consideration for being a Guest at Harbor House Inn, all guests assume responsibility for the risks they take including, but not limited to, risks that arise from natural features of the property, cliffs, precipices, water pools, springs and tides, constructed objects, and living creatures – domestic and wild. Any guest who through their negligence or recklessness inflicts injury on another guest or animal shall be personally liable.
All reservations regarding the restaurant experience is handled through Resy. A credit card is required to make a reservation. Younger guests must be 15 years or older to partake in the dining experience. For inquiries regarding larger parties and buyouts, please contact us directly by calling the number stated above, or email us at email@example.com.
In order to maximize your dining experience, the kitchen team at the Inn kindly asks that you indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions when making your reservation as we may not be able to accommodate them within less than 48 hours’ notice.
Last-minute changes and additions are subject to availability.
We require 48-hour prior notice for dining cancellations, or else your card will be charged in full.
The Harbor House Inn is a nine-bedroom Bed and Breakfast having an exclusive eight-table restaurant located on the remote Mendocino coast. We appreciate your understanding of the circumstances requiring our cancellation policy.