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The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove
Ranked #3 of 3 Shelter Cove B&B and Inns
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“Magical setting, comfortable inn”
Reviewed 30 June 2010

The Tides Inn provides a comfortable stay in a magical location. We stayed in one of the mini-suites which contained a separate living area with sliding glass doors out to a private balcony in which to enjoy the fantastic view and listen to the sounds of the ocean which is right there. There is plenty of nature to enjoy from the tide pools right below the inn, to the black sand beach a short walk away ... highly recommend hiking this beach.
We ate at the restaurant next door each night; the food was good, service a little brisk. For lunch, there is an excellent tea house in town serving homemade food.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

Everything the previous reviewers have said is true! This part of the California Coast is astonishingly beautiful and the Tides Inn is one of the best places to enjoy it. Make sure your brakes are good and use lower gears on the descent down.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

We stayed two nights in one of the full suite at the Tides Inn which was VERY comfortable. We stayed in Shelter Cove before driving the Avenue of the Giants. Not sure I would recommend as a "Base" to stay while touring the redwoods since it takes an hour to drive out to the 101. But we really enjoyed our side trip to Shelter Cove and if you have time, would recommend to others.

Restaurant options are limited so I strongly recommend stopping at either of the grocery stores after you exit 101 to get food to prepare in your room. We were glad we did.

Regarding things to do the Tidepooling was spectacular. A tide schedule is available in the office or via the internet. Pay careful attention to the schedule , it's crazy how the areas you are walking in will soon be covered again by the water. And make sure you wear proper foot gear those rocks are slippery. The Black Sands beach is also VERY Beautiful with huge waves crashing on the rocks. Just gorgeous. We also enjoyed stopping at seal rock and looking at the wildlife. There is a notebook in the rooms with interesting info about tidepools and Shelter Cove.

Since lots of people are wondering about cell service, our AT&T IPhones did NOT work for calls, but with the complimentary wifi was able to use email. Our teenage son did find an app where he could still text.

Overall, lovely stay for those who want to get away from it all and relax (that is AFTER the drive over the mountain). And Julie is everything all the other reviewers have said.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

The 24 mile drive on Briceland Road to get to Shelter Cove is the only road in and out of Shelter Cove. The drive is an adventure in itself and the tailgating locals in their trucks doesn't help alleviate the nerve-wrecking drive on Briceland either! 24 miles seem like a short distance, but due to the nature of the road, expect 45 mins to 1 hour once you get off the 101 at Garberville.

What can I say that hasn't been said or illustrated in the photos already? The location is perfect, the staff is very accommodating and the view is gorgeous. The entire area of Shelter Cove is very serene, tranquil, enchanted, peaceful and remarkably secluded. The only means of communication is either using Tides Inn's wi-fi internet or dialing out in their only land line with calling card. Cell phone will not work in this remote region of Humboldt county. Perfect spot if you live a hectic city life and just need to get away from it all.

I stayed in a single King room, Room #3. The Tides Inn welcomes you with a mini gift basket filled with tea, coffee, pop tarts, instant lemonade, cookies, granola bar and frosted danish. The room is well maintained and the bed is very comfortable. Night stand lamps are fluorescent white and very bright. The best thing is once you leave the room, the ocean greets you with a full panoramic view. There is a mini balcony adjacent to the door where you can have late night drinks and chit chat with your companion (if you have one, I traveled solo).

In Los Angeles, we have cockroaches in our hotel rooms. Here in the Tides Inn, we have sow bugs (i.e. rollie pollie, pill bugs). I've spotted 4 minding their own business throughout my 2 night stay. How they got into the Tides Inn is beyond me. They don't bug me and I just scoop them up and released them outside. If you abhor bugs of any sort, just be aware that you might run into a sow bug or two.

It's a mission to reach Shelter Cove, but once you've arrive at the Tides Inn, your room envelopes you with an exploding catharsis that lingers on throughout your stay.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

My husband and I recently took an 8-day anniversary driving trip for our 26th. We drove to Napa, California, to Lincoln City, Oregon, and back down to Shelter Cove, stopping in San Francisco and then Paso Robles before going home.

An absolute highlight to our trip was Shelter Cove. We stayed at the Tides Inn, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the management there. We had a bottle of wine in our room when we arrived. Our room was actually overlooking the ocean, and from our bed it looked like we were on a cruise ship. As we arrived late, we had to change our dining reservations and Tides Inn handled that for us. Dinner at the Cove was .... fair at best. But, the drive to Shelter Cove was enchanting, the room wonderful, the weather was great. The tide pools were awesome. Unfortunately, we had to leave in the morning and really wished we could have stayed the next day as well. We will definitely be back so we can see the resident sea lions and explore more of the wonders that Shelter Cove has to offer, which The Tides Inn had so wonderfully outlined in their guest book in each room.

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Reviewed 16 August 2009

We stayed at the Sea Cottage at the Tides Inn for two nights while travelling down the coast. It was wonderful! The cottage was clean and spacious (2 bedrooms downstairs and a giant loft with a king and 2 twin beds upstairs), and the scenery was absolutely incredible. We bought food at the grocery store BEFORE venturing out the windy cove road (it takes a solid 45 minutes), and we cooked both nights as all restaurants were closed while we were there. It made for a relaxing break from our whirlwind of traveling!

We spent an entire day exploring the tide pools and the beaches, and our kids (ages 8, 6, and 4) had so much fun playing outside, watching the wildlife, and just enjoying the peace and quiet. After the kids went to bed my husband and I sat outside, listened to the waves, and watched shooting stars fall from the sky.

Julie was a wonderful host, providing my kids with beach balls to play with and buckets to collect treasures. We enjoyed having our own space and never even ventured to the main building-- although we did enjoy wonderful fish and chips at the deli for lunch. Shelter Cove is really a special place to get away from it all-- we hope to get back there someday!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

Shelter Cove truly is a gem on the "Lost Coast." We've never experienced anything like it. The Tides Inn was a great place to stay because of the easy beach access (seals on the rocks and tide pools FULL of sealife), the great views, and the sound of the waves at night. We had a room with a balcony, and I can't even begin to think of anything more relaxing and romantic than laying on their sofa, taking in the glow of the fireplace and the sound of the waves smothering the rocks just outside our sliding glass door. It was wonderful. The only tip I would give is to bring something for breakfast in the morning...the only place open for breakfast late is a deli-type place that only services pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches. Not good. We had dinner at the place (can't remember the name) right next to the Tides Inn and it was absolutely wonderful. We both had lobster and it game with the tastiest vegetables. The complimentary bread was really good, too. I just can't say enough good things about our time in Shelter Cove. We are looking forward to returning with our children someday.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove
Address: 59 Surf Pt, Shelter Cove, CA 95589-9141
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Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Shelter Cove
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Shelter Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove is Northern California's own little piece of paradise. We are on the ocean; every room with an unbelievably beautiful ocean view. You can sit outside, watch the whales go by and catch a glimpse of the moms and their babies. We have a family of sea otters right outside your door; sometimes they appear to be playing just for you. The tide pools below are choke-full of sea life. Everywhere you look, there is the framing of a beautiful photograph. Bring your camera, binoculars, and a good book and relax with the surf pounding on the beach below you. We have deluxe standard rooms and one bedroom suites, some with fully appointed kitchens. All of our beds are triple-sheeted with plenty of pillows. ... more   less 
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