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BULLETIN BOARD Upcoming Events and May Calendar 18 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Equestrian Service Committee Vaulting Show 20 LITTLE RED BUS STOP Testament to Love and Community 24 GLORY RANCH Discover the Magic of the Gerbert’s Dude Ranch 28 OWNING AWESOMENESS Discover How to Get into the Top 30 Universities 44 LOCAL RECIPES Hidden Hills Harvest Salad 46 MAY 2023 in this issue BREWERY GULCH INN Refined Rustic Romance 50 CASE AGAINST E-BIKES Discover the True Benefit of Exercise 42 14 The Hidden Hills Community Register & Resource Guide | May 2023


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The Carriage Event Gallops into Saddle Creek Arena on May 13

The Saddle Creek Arena is set to host The Carriage Event on May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. near the Long Valley gate. The event will feature driving competitions, carriage displays, and horsemanship demonstrations, making it a must-see for equestrian enthusiasts of all levels. Parking is available on Saddle Creek Road or Oakfield, and attendees are advised to arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot. Refreshments will be available on-site.

Calendar of Events

Experience the Magic of Cuba at Welcome Party: Havana Nights on May 20

Attention all residents and adults! Get ready to experience the vibrant culture of Cuba at the upcoming Welcome Party: Havana Nights on May 20 at the community center from 6–10 p.m. This event promises to transport you to the lively streets of Havana with live Cuban music, salsa dancing, delicious food and more!

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the colorful and festive atmosphere of Cuba. Please RSVP by May 12 to secure your spot, as this event is exclusively for residents and adults only.

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Equestrian Service Committee Hosts Spectacular Vaulting Show at Spring Valley Arena

On April 15, the Equestrian Service Committee (ESC) hosted a fantastic Vaulting show at the Spring Valley Arena in collaboration with the Vaulting Club. The event featured talented equestrian vaulters showcasing their incredible skills on the backs of the Club’s well-trained horses. Attendees were treated to an impressive display of strength, balance, and coordination by the performers, who executed a range of acrobatic and gymnastic moves while in harmony with their equine partners.

Participants of all ages and skill levels were welcome to join in, making it a truly inclusive experience. The friendly and knowledgeable instructors from the Vaulting Club guided everyone through the basics of this exciting equestrian discipline, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

The event was a great success, with participants and spectators alike having a blast. The atmosphere was filled with joy, laughter, and a shared appreciation for the incredible bond between humans and horses. As a result, the Equestrian Service Committee and the Vaulting Club have received an outpouring of positive feedback and gratitude from the community.

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Arch Bacon’s Little Red Bus Stop A Testament to Love and Community Spirit in Hidden Hills

In the spring of 1961, history was made when our tiny community launched a drive to form a city. That same year the Little Red Bus Stop was designed and built by resident Arch Bacon. His unique concept upgraded an area that did not have adequate protection or shelter for children waiting to go to the Las Virgenes Schools. In the early days, it may seem like it would have been easy to construct a small structure, but his framework represented building something much larger. Today this one of a kind shelter stands as a testament to the unconditional love one man had for his hometown.

Recently Arch Bacon’s great-granddaughters visited the bus stop with their grandmother Joni Bacon Mitchell to honor his memory and commitment to all of the people in this town. The sentimental stop on Round Meadow Road underwent a renovation in 2017. It continues to be used year-round by folks looking for a meeting spot, needing a bench to rest on, posting an announcement on the public bulletin board, along with young residents waiting for a safe and convenient mode of transportation to local camps and schools like A.E. Wright Middle and Calabasas High.

The Hidden Hills Bus Stop dedication plaque simply states it was “Built for the children of Hidden Hills so they wouldn’t have to stand in the rain waiting for the school bus.” Arch Bacon’s spirit is kept alive by residents continuing to appreciate the bus stop that he worked so hard to build. Rain or shine, his legacy lives on through his beautiful family, and his generous contributions to the community will be remembered for years to come.

A dedication plaque was added to the outside of the bus stop so that all would know Arch’s good will.
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Joni Mitchell waits for the bus at the Round Meadow Little Red Bus Stop with friends in 1963.
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Arch Bacon’s great grandaughter stands in front of the entry way of the bus stop.
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Nostalgic Tales from Glory Ranch

Discover the Magic of a Bygone Era at Rosemary and Dalton Gerbert’s Dude Ranch, Where Horsemanship and Childhood Adventures Flourished

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In the 1950s and 1960s, the Glory Ranch was a spread of land owned by Rosemary Tallant Gerbert and Dalton Gerbert that was located in Hidden Hills near Jed Smith Road. The Glory Ranch was not a working cattle ranch, but rather a Dude Ranch that served as a place to primarily teach children about horsemanship and horseback riding. Due to close proximity, many of the early Hidden Hills kids learned how to ride horses at the Glory Ranch, even spending their summers there at a camp offered by Rosemary.

Upon the kid’s arrival to the summer camp, everyone would receive a straw western hat. The camp lodging was a simple, woodpaneled bunkhouse. Theresa Packard, early Hidden Hills resident, says she loved staying at the bunkhouse with her neighborhood friends because the rural ambiance completed the whole experience. Theresa laughs now because, as a young child, she thought that she was going “far away” to camp at the Glory Ranch, when in reality, the ranch was only a mile away from her Hidden Hills home. But to young Theresa, and many children alike, spending the summer at the Glory Ranch was like entering a separate world.

The Glory Ranch in Hidden Hills, California was once a thriving western-style ranch that offered an authentic cowboy experience to visitors from all over the world. The ranch was the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the simpler, more rugged world of the Old West. Whether you wanted to go horseback riding, learn to rope cattle, or simply relax by the campfire and take in the breathtaking views, The Glory Ranch promised an unforgettable experience that would stay with you long after you returned to the real world. Though the ranch is no longer in operation, the old flyer remains a charming reminder of a bygone era and a testament to the enduring appeal of the western frontier.

Spending a summer at the Glory Ranch was like entering a separate world, where young children got to be cowgirls and cowboys, heard coyote cries in the early morning, and took evening trail rides as the sun went down.
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To the young children, they entered a world of getting to be cowgirls and cowboys. They heard coyote cries in the early morning and took evening trail rides as the sun went down. Rosemary was known to value disciplined horsemanship and instilled those principles during her riding lessons. In addition to taking trail rides through old movie sets all the way to the coasts of Santa Barbara, children also participated in ranch chores such as brushing the horses, replacing the hay, and cleaning the corrals.

Rosemary Tallant Gerbert and Dalton Gerbert raised and trained Palomino horses on the Glory Ranch property and rode those horses in the Rose Parade for many years during this time. The Glory Ranch was also well known to house a famous Palomino Stallion named Top Hat. Into the 1960s, the Glory Ranch moved from Hidden


Hills to Calabasas, and despite its changed location, many local children still returned to take horseback riding lessons and have summer camp there. Currently, Calabasas High School is located where the second Glory Ranch resided.

The Glory Ranch of the 1950s and 1960s made an impression on many children, instilling values that they carried into their adulthood, along with giving them wonderful memories to forever cherish. Though Hidden Hills and Calabasas alike have had their share of development since this time, still an essence of rurality and free-spiritedness whispers through the wild lupin and chaparral.

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The Glory Ranch of the 1950s and 1960s left a lasting impact on many children, instilling values of disciplined horsemanship and providing unforgettable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

The Rose Parade is not only narrated by longtime Hidden Hills resident Bob Eubanks, but one of the parade entries for many years was the Hidden Hills Glory Ranch professional riders. Seen here during the 1969 parade are, from left to right, Ollie Prasser, Pearl Larsen, Rosemary Gebert (the Glory Ranch operator), Gene Parks, and Dr. Lu Prell Williams.

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Enhance Your Outdoor Space with Versatile Hardscape Surfaces

Explore Cement, Interlocking Pavers, Permeable Pavers, Porcelain Pavers, and Stepping Stones for a Unique and Functional Design

As a project manager at Vitoli Builders, I’ve had the privilege of working on numerous residential and commercial projects in Calabasas. Hardscape surfaces, including elements such as outdoor living spaces, driveways, and walkways, have always played a vital role in our design process. In this article, I’ll discuss various hardscape surface options and their benefits, including cement, interlocking cement pavers, permeable pavers, porcelain pavers, and stepping stones.

Cement surfaces have been a mainstay in hardscape design for decades. They are durable, affordable, and available in a range of finishes and colors. The primary advantage of using cement surfaces is their minimal maintenance requirements and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. Furthermore, cement surfaces can be tailored to match any project’s design aesthetic.

Interlocking cement pavers are another popular hardscape surface option. Essentially, these are precast concrete bricks that can be arranged in various patterns to create a unique appearance. Interlocking cement pavers are durable and easy to install, making them a popular choice for walkways, patios, and driveways. Their resistance to stains also makes them suitable for high-traffic areas.

Permeable pavers offer an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hardscape surfaces. Constructed from porous materials, they allow water to seep through and into the ground, reducing runoff and erosion. Permeable pavers are ideal for projects that require water management, such as parking lots, driveways, and walkways. They are also available in diverse colors and patterns, allowing for customization to complement the overall design aesthetic of a project.

Porcelain pavers, a more recent addition to the hardscape surface options, are made from high-quality porcelain designed to resemble natural stone. These pavers are resistant to stains, scratches, and weather damage, making them perfect for outdoor use. Additionally, they are easy to install and require minimal maintenance.

Lastly, stepping stones provide a unique hardscape surface option. They can be crafted

from various materials, including natural stone, concrete, and wood. Stepping stones can be used to create a pathway through a garden or outdoor living space, adding a touch of whimsy and charm. They are also simple to install and require minimal maintenance.

In conclusion, hardscape surfaces are a crucial aspect of any outdoor project. The options discussed in this article— cement, interlocking cement pavers, permeable pavers, porcelain pavers, and stepping stones—each offer unique benefits and can be tailored to match any project’s design aesthetic.

When planning your next outdoor project, consider incorporating one or more of these hardscape surface options to create an attractive and functional space.

BEWARE oF Fiddleneck weed

Spring in the Hidden Hills community is a breathtaking sight, with lush green hills transforming the landscape into a picturesque paradise. However, amidst the tall grass lies a hidden danger for our beloved horses — toxic plants like the Fiddleneck weed. It is crucial for horse owners and enthusiasts to be aware of the presence of these plants and take precautions to protect their equine friends.

The Fiddleneck weed

Fiddleneck, scientifically known as Amsinckia, is a common weed found in various parts of North America. Growing up to two feet tall, it features long, narrow leaves with a rough, sandpapery texture. The plant’s small, trumpet-shaped flowers, which are usually yellow or orange, bloom in late spring or early summer.

ToxiciTy to Horses

Fiddleneck weed contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), a toxin that is harmful to horses. When ingested, even in small quantities, these alkaloids can cause liver damage that may prove fatal. Chronic liver disease can develop in horses exposed to Fiddleneck weed over time.

SignS oF Fiddleneck weed Poisoning

If you suspect your horse has ingested Fiddleneck weed, watch for symptoms such as:

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Swelling (edema) in the legs and under the belly

• Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and gums)

• Behavioral changes

• Photosensitization (sunburn-like skin reactions)

wHaT to do if Your Horse ingeStS Fiddleneck weed

If your horse consumes Fiddleneck weed, contact your veterinarian immediately. Unfortunately, there is no specific antidote for Fiddleneck poisoning, but early intervention and supportive care can help mitigate the effects of the toxin.

PrevenTive Measures

To protect your horses from the dangers of Fiddleneck weed, take the following precautions: Inspect grazing areas and trails for the presence of Fiddleneck weed, especially during its blooming period.

Remove any Fiddleneck plants you find in your horse’s environment.

Educate yourself and others about toxic plants in your area and how to identify them.

Keep a close eye on your horse’s health and behavior, and report any concerns to your veterinarian.

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A Guide to Watching Out for Rattlesnakes

As a resident of Hidden Hills, it’s important to be aware of the presence of rattlesnakes and how to stay safe around them, especially when you’re out on the trails with your dogs, horses, and kids. These venomous snakes are a common sight in the area and can pose a serious threat to both humans and animals. Here are some tips on how to watch out for rattlesnakes and what to do if you encounter one.


Know their habitat:

Rattlesnakes are often found in rocky, brushy, or grassy areas, especially near water sources like streams or ponds. They like to bask in the sun and will often use rocks or logs as a hiding place. When you’re out on the trails, be extra cautious in these types of habitats.

Be aware of their behavior:

Rattlesnakes are more active during the warmer months, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. They are also more likely to be seen when the weather is dry, so be extra cautious during droughts or hot spells.

Watch where you step:

When you’re hiking or riding your horse, always watch where you’re stepping. Snakes like to hide in tall grass or under rocks and logs, so take your time and look before you step. If you’re hiking with your dog, keep them on a leash to prevent them from disturbing a snake or getting too close.

Listen for warning signs:

If you hear a rattling sound, stop immediately and look around. This is a warning sign that a snake is nearby and could be preparing to strike.


Keep your distance:

If you see a rattlesnake, the most important thing is to keep your distance. Snakes can strike at a distance of up to half their body length, so it’s best to stay at least six feet away.

Don’t approach it:

Do not approach the snake or try to touch it, as this can trigger an attack. If you’re with your dog or horse, keep them away from the snake as well.

Move away slowly:

If the snake is in your path, slowly back away and give it plenty of room to escape. Do not turn your back on the snake or run away, as this can trigger an attack.

Seek medical attention immediately:

If you or your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake, seek medical attention immediately. This is a serious situation that can quickly become life-threatening, so don’t delay in getting help.

It’s important to be cautious and informed about rattlesnakes this time of year to ensure safety. By understanding their habitat, behavior, and warning signs, and implementing the advice mentioned; you can lower the chances of encountering a snake and minimize harm if a situation arises.

If you come across a rattlesnake, remember to maintain a safe distance, retreat calmly, and seek medical help promptly. With awareness and care, you and your loved ones can enjoy the picturesque trails and outdoor spaces of our community without worry.

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The Case Against E-Bikes

So here we are in the middle of three other epidemics, diabetes affecting 11.3 percent of the population and pre-diabetes some 38 percent, obesity affecting 40 percent of the population with another 30 percent overweight, and dementia affecting millions of older Americans. Fifty percent of the over-65-year-old population are prediabetic.

And what’s America’s answer? The E-bike.

And, of course, the best preventive measure for the above conditions is exercise. But not just any exercise.

There are three main kinds of exercise, resistive, meaning the use of weights or bands; aerobic or cardiovascular; and high intensity. Resistive training is of little overall value in disease prevention or prolongation of life. Aerobic includes brisk walking, running, bicycling, or swimming, and high intensity implies exercises requiring a very high energy output but over a short period of time, such as 10 minutes.

So what is the common theme for healthy exercise?

Elevation of the heart rate.

Thus studies have shown that running is superior to brisk walking, but brisk walking beats ambling around Jed Smith watching videos on your iPhone. We know that singles tennis players have fewer complications after major surgeries than doubles players. We know that running to the

mailbox beats walking, even over such a short distance. We know that mice, subjected to exercise to elevate their heart rates, develop proteins which are protective of brain function and also enzymes that protect their chromosomes from aging. And it could even be something as simple as a higher heart rate with more rapid blood flowing through your arteries helps to prevent or clean out atherosclerotic plaque formation.

Multiple studies in elderly people have shown that exercise is the single most important changeable factor in dementia prevention.

So what’s the problem with E-bikes? Let’s leave aside issues such as little children in the Congo digging out cobalt for batteries with their bare hands, trail destruction by heavy and fast bikes, and significant danger to pedestrians from heavy people on large fast bikes.

What happens when someone on an E-bike goes up a hill? The moment they feel some resistance, they increase the electric motor assist, and immediately negate the benefits of exercise. The moment you use the motor on the bike, you are no longer pushing your own cardiovascular system or your own muscles. The benefit of any exercise is proportional to the energy used, so using that electric motor is ruinous.

So, if you are elderly or infirm, any exercise is of some benefit, but if you’re not, and your doctor clears you to exercise, get off your E-Bike, get your heart rate up, and get the true benefits of exercise.

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When coaching middle/high school students, I guide from the premise that Brene Brown, researcher, and storyteller, shared in her widely viewed TED talk on vulnerability:

“They (children) are hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect babies in your hand, our job is not to say, “Look at her, she’sshe’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect — make sure she makes Yale by seventh grade.” That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, “You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”

And from this mindset of celebrating one’s self, I navigate students on discovering and owning, “What makes me Awesome?”

American universities focus on curating a diverse class of students with varied backgrounds and interests. Thus, highlighting a student’sstudent’s superpowers is essential for differentiation. That said, owning one’sone’s uniqueness cultivates a flourishing individual who can make outstanding contributions to our world.

Below are insights from my working with students who have earned admittance into the Top 30 USA universities.

Embrace Individuality | Champion You

Affirming Oscar Wilde’s quote, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” I celebrate each student’sstudent’s distinctiveness.

Knowing one’sone’s self is a lifetime endeavor, so it’s a tall order to ask a middle/high school student to summarize their distinctive attributes, yet the goal at this juncture is for direction.

During coaching sessions, I introduce queries to derive core values, skills, and vital interests:

1. If I asked 3 of your friends why they hang out with you, what would each say?

2. Who do you admire and why?

3. If you could spend your entire time doing anything that makes you happy, what would it be?

Owning Awesomeness!

I often discover the core values of a student during these sessions. For example, one student answered, “Who do you admire and why?” that her role model was her grandmother. Her grandmother witnessed domestic violence in their neighborhood. Instead of being a bystander, her grandmother interjected, protecting the beaten female and calling for security. Her grandmother shared, “What I did was dangerous, yet I want to do the right thing.”

Impacted by this experience, this student evolved with a civic-minded nature. Whether protecting a classmate from bullying or mediating student disagreements, she was anchored by her core value of social justice which prevailed throughout her strategic exploration in extracurricular activities.

Celebrate Extracurricular Activities | Discover and Re-Discover

Instrumental in solidifying core values, skills, and interests in extracurricular activities.

Activities are a treasure trove for exploration. The earlier we start mapping and activating them; the earlier my students arrive at what they love to do, what they are good at, and a direction on social contribution.

I categorize activities into (3) areas: academics (GPA and standardized testing) / community service/passions. Delving into each category, we determine what activities resonate with the student. Some kids thrive in academic group competitions, whereas others prefer mentored research. Some know precisely the social causes that resonate with them. Yet some are unsure, so we go on a discovery journey of sampling activities that engage the student. Genuine engagement occurs when students take the lead in our brainstorming sessions, coming up with creative ideas on how they want to scale impact.

Honoring the distinctiveness of each student, I seek eclectic, personalized projects. For example, one of my students champions mental wellbeing, and through a curated ensemble of non-

profit projects; she has arrived and owns her role as a teenage mental health advocate. Given this discovery process, she has decided to study Child Psychology, focusing on developmental disabilities.

Solidify Leadership – from “Me-to-We”

Leadership is a key character strength that US admission teams seek in candidates. As such, with the activities sampled during the discovery process, we then elevate from ‘‘participant’’ to ‘‘leader’’ where the student scales impact into communities.

In the example of my student who will be studying Child Psychology, she demonstrated her leadership when she worked with a community non-profit to lead a public art event for 7 –11-year-olds outside of her school community, educating them on the importance of mental well-being. Given her leadership role, she has been invited by the non-profit to advise other students on how to facilitate similar events at their schools to raise awareness of the importance of well-being.

Proactively Plan | Start Early

When asked by parents, “When do we start self-discovery for my child?”

This process takes time. Thus, planning earlier vs. later leads to a well-paced marathon vs. a harried sprint.

Most vital is that whatever activity the student adopts, it needs to be authentic to them:

What they love to do, what they are good at, and directional on how they want to contribute to our world.

Otherwise, their story-telling in application essays will not demonstrate their authentic awesomeness as they are not committed.

I’m happy to share that through hard work and dedication; my students join “Top 30 universities” in the US. Yet, I’m most proud to share that they have arrived at a more robust understanding of their Awesomeness and how they will contribute to our world.

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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

Hidden Hills Harvest Salad

The Hidden Hills Harvest Salad recipe takes inspiration from the local Farmers Market, offering a nutritious, lively, and visually appealing dish. Ideal as a delightful side to any meal or a wholesome lunch choice, this salad captures the essence of Hidden Hills’ vibrant produce.

Serves: 4


• 4 cups mixed greens (such as kale, spinach, and arugula), locally sourced from Hidden Hills Farmers' Market

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, from a local garden or farm stand

• 1 avocado, pitted and sliced, from a nearby avocado grove

• 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, produced by a local dairy farm

• 1/2 cup walnuts, sourced from a nearby walnut orchard

• 1/4 cup dried cranberries, grown and processed in California

• 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, from a local farm

Citrus Vinaigrette:

• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from lemons grown in Hidden Hills

• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

• 1 tablespoon honey, from a local beekeeper

• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Prepare the ingredients: Wash and dry the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, pit and slice the avocado, and crumble the goat cheese. Set aside.

2. Make the citrus vinaigrette: In a small bowl or jar, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard. Whisk or shake until well combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Set aside.

3. Assemble the salad: In a large serving bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, avocado, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, and thinly sliced red onion.

4. Dress the salad: Just before serving, drizzle the citrus vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.

5. Serve immediately: Divide the salad among four plates, and enjoy this refreshing and flavorful Hidden Hills Harvest Salad as a celebration of the local produce.

Optional additions:

• Grilled chicken or shrimp for added protein

• Fresh orange or grapefruit segments for a burst of citrus flavor

• Quinoa or couscous for added texture and heartiness

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Northern California’s dramatic coastline, the Redwoods State and National Parks, and its relative seclusion from the rest of the state make it synonymous with romantic getaways. However, the definition of “romantic” has many other meanings beyond what one can experience in a new or long lasting, successful relationship. Although there is no shortage of quaint lodges and bed-and-breakfasts to choose from in Mendocino County, there are many things built into Brewery Gulch Inn sure to expand anybody’s definition of what the word constitutes.

For example, consider everything you’ve read in literature (from John Hemingway and John Muir to Cheryl Strayed) about the “romance” involved in taking on the great outdoors. And as Mendocino is very much a part of the Northern California wine trail, foodies and oenophiles will unquestionably find themselves in a corner of heaven they’ve not yet discovered. Film and television buffs? Mendocino County has those travelers covered, with sites from many notable productions, including “Murder She Wrote” and the 1987 film “Overboard,” relatively easy to access.

Built and opened in 2001 and managed by innkeeper Sarah Rowe since 2021, the inn–located just a mile south of the Village of Mendocino on Highway 1–is the perfect amalgam of historic and modern, with its being carved out from a former brewery and the former farmstead of Mendocino pioneer Homer Barton. The structure was assembled from 150-year-old redwood reclaimed from the nearby Big River, and has an impressive 15-foot cathedral ceiling in the main “Great Room.” Distinctive furnishings, such as the shelving unit in the lobby that holds special wine hour “Mendo” box meals for guests, add personality to the surroundings.

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Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino Coast, California

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As Mendocino is very much a part of the Northern California wine trail, foodies and oenophiles will unquestionably find themselves in a corner of heaven they’ve not yet discovered.

Each of the inn’s 11 dwellings (10 rooms plus a free-standing family-sized suite) has its own decorative flair as a fashionable lived-in Mendocino home would, adorned with contemporary art made by local artists. In addition to a decadently comfortable queen or California king bed dressed in Sferra linens and a feather mattress topper, rooms are outfitted with fluffy robes, Abyss towels, Asprey or other high-end bath products, luxury bath and showers, in-room fireplace, writing desk, and an essential view of the Pacific Ocean. There is also a large flat-panel television, though chances are you will probably not use it during a well-planned stay. On the grounds, one will find the hotel’s herb garden, several walking paths, lots of birdwatching opportunities, and more.

In “The Great Room,” just off the reception desk, one can order an epic breakfast, enjoy views of Smuggler’s Cove and the Pacific by day, and enjoy a crackling fire by night. The eclectic yet tasteful aesthetic flows into a large outdoor deck surrounded by California-specific landscaping. It is flanked by a compact but intriguing gift shop with more locally crafted gems for home, wardrobe, and wellness. Guests are welcomed (or welcomed back after a day of adventuring, exploring, or sipping) with a daily rotation of fresh-baked pastries. Upstairs, guests can help themselves to cans of flavored sparkling water from two “community” vintage-style mini-fridges that are regularly replenished. During rainy days or at night, there is also an expansive DVD, book library, and board game collections to keep folks entertained and, perhaps, facilitate new friendships with other guests.

Although James Beard-award winning chef Stephen Smith works behind the scenes even with his impressive culinary resume and training, he makes his presence known to guests and locals with his inventive takes on French Toast, Chilaquiles, and his signature breakfast sandwich. However, he makes a statement every day at the inn’s 5:30 wine happy

hour, with “Mendo” boxes crafted as an exclusive extra for those staying at the hotel. The box holds a three course “mini” meal, and the offering changes daily based on Smith’s mood and the season’s freshest produce. Depending on the guest’s mood, it can be savored in the Great Room or the privacy of one’s room. There is a nice assortment of ultra-local California wines and craft beers to accompany everything edible.

The service provided by the staff is warm, genuine, and helpful when asked about recommendations for local restaurants and shopping. However, you can take advantage of pre-arrival concierge services to book a variety of activities. In addition to kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, whale-watching, winery experiences, private yoga instruction, sound baths, and shinrin-yoku (a.k.a. forest bathing, BGI was one of the first U.S. properties to offer the Japanese wellness practice), there are packages designed to suit visitors with a variety of interests, including the “North Coast Adventure Package” (a guided horseback ride for two through the redwoods or along the beach, kayak tour through the sea caves along the Mendocino coast and a backpack picnic) and “Ultimate Romantic Escape” (bringing together food, wine, and luxuriant spa treatments).

The concierge services can also help facilitate an enlightening afternoon with Sid Garza-Hillman, resident nutritionist at the neighboring Stanford Inn by the Sea (stanfordinn.com), the only vegan resort in the U.S. The cheerful Garza-Hillman takes one through his thoughtfully planned cooking and nutrition classes with the philosophy that vegan dishes should be created with omnivores in mind.

Room rates start at around $550 per night/double occupancy. Call (707) 937-4752 or visit brewerygulchinn.com for more information and to make reservations.

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Brewery Gulch Inn 9401 North Highway One Mendocino, CA 95460

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