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Whale Watch Inn By The Sea

35100 S Highway 1 , Gualala, CA 95445-9515 USA (Show map)
255 Reviews
$180 - $300
per night

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There is no other bed and breakfast on the Northern California Coast closer to nature than the Whale Watch Inn For a truly quintessential bed and breakfast experience that contrasts the rugged outdoors just off your deck featuring hawks gliding the thermals, whales in season, majestic woodscapes, and surf tossed beaches, it’s The Whale Watch Inn, in Gualala. The Whale Watch Inn is truly one of a kind, with an ocean views from EVERY first class, uniquely designed room. Even the walk to your own individual, one of a kind suite is lined with a carefully tended riot of exotic plants and flowers.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Dining4.3

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2.8 on July 21, 2014

Beautiful views. peaceful and relaxing.

Outstanding view but Inn is showing its age.

3.6 on July 11, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at WWI and would return. The view is wonderful and being lulled to sleep at night by the sound of the crashing waves is wonderful. However, the Inn is beginning to show its age. The employees we saw were excellent and could not have been more helpful. The new owner needs to invest in this gorgeous property. The journals in the room are priceless!

Our anniversary retreat

3.6 on July 09, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the whale watch inn for our 23rd anniversary. I was a little disappointed at first. I looked at the reviews and photos and had great expectations. I even called to ask about the room and the view. When we arrived we found the inn in a little disrepair. When we got in our room our view was marred by a huge blue tarp, the jets on the tub where dirty, and the toilet clogged when my husband used it. We were told they were fixing some things in the inn. I asked how long the owner had been there and we were told he just took over less than a year ago. This Inn has great potential and we look forward to seeing how the new owner spruces up the facility. On a good note, the management did an awesome job and gave us a new room with a lovely view, very clean, and made our stay fantastic. We will make another trip up to the Inn and give the new owner time to tidy up :)

Stunning and private B and B

3.8 on July 05, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous setting!! Our room was extremely private with stunning ocean views. We kept our room door open and screen closed to enjoy the crashing of the waves all night long. Excellent, private beach where we could continue to kick back and relax. Truly a one-of-a-kind place! The general area has limited evening dining but we made do. Afterall, we came for the scenery and solitude and for this, the Whale Watch Inn can't be beat.

Well Run

5 on July 03, 2014

Third time here - awesome as usual.

Perfect getaway

4.8 on June 12, 2014

We love our 2 night stay at the Whale Watch Inn. Our room was fantastic, with a beautiful view of the ocean & a deck with lots of morning sunlight. The breakfasts each morning were delicious, what a luxury having them brought directly to the room! We look forward to returning for another visit during whale watching season. The staff were friendly & helpful.

Perfect place to unwind!

4.8 on June 07, 2014

Just beautiful!

A Great Place to Stay

3.8 on June 04, 2014

Very comfortable accommodations; beautiful grounds and views of ocean and beach; wonderful breakfasts brought to your room. Very restful and luxurious!

B&B with a Capital "B"

4.6 on May 26, 2014

What a jewel of an Inn! Perfect place to just unplug (although, they do have high-speed WiFi, if you must) - no phones, no TV, just you (and your sweetie, of course - I'd recommend taking her/him along), the pounding of the waves along the NoMendo Coast and the best hospitality to be found! The new owner, Elgio, is just wonderful. And Gretchen whips up a breakfast - delivered to your room - that can't be beat. No day-old bread and processed yoghurt; this is the place for BREAKFAST: quiche, homemade muffins, fresh squeezed juice and a thermos of fresh-brewed coffee...yum! We enjoyed our mornings savoring breakfast on our private deck (all rooms feature similar private decks) and our evenings soaking in our private hot tub. Ahhhh...the surrounding landscape and gardens just added to the experience. We'll be back!

Great place to stay, lovely view

4.0 on May 17, 2014

The location was great. The breakfast was wonderful. The room was a bit smaller than I expected but I was very happy overall. The site's internet router had to be reset and then the internet was very good.

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Location Type

Mendocino, Beachside, Oceanside, Small town, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 170 miles

Directions to property:

Follow Highway 101 north thru San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, to Petaluma. Exit at Washington Street, turn left and proceed west thru Valley Ford to Bodega Bay. Continue north on Highway 1 to Whale Watch, 50 miles north of Bodega Bay.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Fine Art galleries, Gualala Arts Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Other

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Radio, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , White water views from every room, Utmost privacy and comfort in every room, Gourmet Breakfast served in your room each morning, Relaxation, Rest and Rejuvenation, Beach access, Pet Friendly

Room amenities

Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Whale Watching Tours, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: soft drink beverages and hot chocolate
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes $40 - $50 non-refundable pet fee

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights over weekend; 3 nights over holidays; please call for more information
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night room rate plus tax collected at the time of the reservation.
  • Cancellations: Deposit cheerfully refunded if cancellation made ten days prior to reservation date. With early departure or cancellation of any of the reserved dates with less than ten days notice, you will be charged for those nights we cannot re-rent the room. No service or cancellation fee.



Gretchen, Tracy, Tina, and Lisa

Languages spoken

English, Japanese, Spanish

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Full Gourmet Breakfast is delivered to your room

  • Time Served: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, Diabetic, Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Scones and Frittata

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35100 S Highway 1 , Gualala, CA 95445-9515 USA (Show map)

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