Alegria Oceanfront Inn & Cottages

44781 Main Street PO Box 803, Mendocino, CA 95460 USA (Show map)


Alegria, the only inn with direct beach access in Mendocino Village, is on a bluff overlooking Big River Beach and the ever changing confluence of ocean and river. Unique shops, beautiful galleries, and fine dining are just steps away. The inn property adjoins 3 state parks. Another 4 parks & preserves are within a maximum 15 minutes drive away. Unlimited hiking, biking, kayaking & breathtaking views await. Situated in the garden, the hot tub features a relaxing view of the garden, beach, and ocean. A great place to watch the stars and the moonlight on the waves. A full breakfast is served each morning in our ocean view dining room. You may also choose to snuggle in your room with a continental breakfast delivered. At Alegria, as at other inns and restaurants in Mendocino, we are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture. We serve organically grown and produced foods whenever possible. Come "lighten your spirit" at Alegria, an enchanting refuge in Mendocino Village.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

We'll be back again

4.6 on September 06, 2013

My wife and I just finished our anniversary stay at Alegria; second year in a row. As we drove down Route 1 and through Anderson Valley on our way back to the airport, we were sad to be leaving and wished we had booked at least a few more days. We stayed in the Pacific Suite, a good size space on the second floor of the main house with a deck overlooking the beach. We look forward to returning next year, but for now, it's back to our home in New Hampshire. Alegria is situated on a bluff above the beach, Big River Beach, at a place where the Big River converges with Mendocino Bay. The beach is part of the Mendocino Headlands State Park. We walked down to the beach every morning before breakfast. It was a perfect start to each day. Our wonderful hosts, the location close to town, easy access to the beach, the corner fireplace, our deck with a view of the beach through the eucalyptus tree, the pleasant breakfast room, the headlands, and the serenity contributed to a supremely comfortable experience for us. Alegria is not a luxury resort awash in activity. Instead, it offers a personal and uniquely calming environment that is just right for my wife and me. Thank you Elaine and Eric for a wonderful stay. See you next year!

Exceeded our expectations

5 on June 24, 2012

This was our 36'th wedding anniversary vacation and the beautiful B&B exceeded our expectations, accross the board. Scenic, quiet, amazing gardens, scrumptous breakfast and friendly service and hospitality. The foot path directly down to the beach was terrific as well as the view from our private balcony at the Seabreeze room on the 2'nd floor. We will have to come back.

The best of Mendocino (and beyond)!

5 on January 06, 2011

We've been frequent visitors to Mendocino for the past 13 years and have stayed in many of the B&Bs,all of which are good, a few even great, but Alegria is in its own class. Eric, Elaine and Toni are miracle workers; every little detail is attended to, the place is super clean and cozy and the location, with the private path to the beach, can't be beat. We keep coming back and telling our friends. Alegria is so great that it ruined us; we wouldn't ever stay anywhere else. :)

Great place but a bit overpriced

3.6 on October 21, 2010

We have stayed at the Allegra multiple times over the last 5 years, and while we enjoy it, the 'excellence' has decreased a bit. Especially the trail to the beach and the rising cost. Next time we will try another place (to our disappointment). If you want an ocean view, a great breakfast and good cookies, it's a great place.

Anneversary, Engaged

4.2 on August 10, 2010

This was the place to get engaged to the woman I love. Eric and Elaine were great host and make sure your stay is great from the cookies to the breakfast to the views just awesome. My cottage was just perfect from the flowers to the balloons to the basket just an awesome weekend get-away. Can't say enough about the place

Great Place

5 on September 05, 2009

The staff at Algeria is very personable and accomadating. Superb breakfast, and they are willing to make changes to meet your personal desires. The rooms are quaint, but spacious and quiet. A great place to stay.

A Great Place to stay

5 on May 31, 2009

For a very relaxing, comfortable and warm place to stay in Mendocino this is it. We come here every year for our anniversary and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The entire staff is excellent and breakfast every morning is wonderful.

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Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Village


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 190 miles

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Morning Paper, Full Breakfast

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Boating, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Big River Beach, Big River Estuary, Headlands State Park, Montgomery Woods, Jackson State Demonstration Forest, Van Damme State Park & Beach, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3:00-6:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children are welcome in some Cottages & Village Farm Retreat
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights may be required on Weekends/three or four nights on Holiday Weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: Cash, personal checks, VISA, MasterCard, and American Express cards accepted. The full amount for one night, including tax, must be received within five days of making the reservation.
  • Cancellations: You are responsible for the full amount of your reservation unless you give us at least seven (14) days notice, or we are able to rebook your room. A $25 service fee will apply to all cancellations. A twenty-one (21) day notice is required for holidays and reservations of two or more rooms.



Eric, Elaine, Jeffery, and Toni

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Music, Gardening, History, Classic Cars

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  • Time Served: 9 TO 10
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Most special diets

Signature Dish

Bllueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
A luscious cake topped with a swirl of cream cheese and blueberry compote and a crown of toasted almonds. It has been featured in Sunset Magazine and can also be found in Margaret Fox's newest edition of Morning Food (Ten Speed Press 2006)