Elk Cove Inn

6300 South Highway One , Elk, CA 95432 USA (Show map)


Peacefully secluded atop a bluff overlooking a mile of breathtaking Pacific beach front with direct beach access. Watch migrating whales and otters at play from your picture window or the sun-filled gazebo. Pamper yourself in a deluxe oceanfront Jr. suite. Relax in a quaint oceanfront cottage. Or snuggle in a charming room in the Inn's historic craftsman-style mansion. Indulge yourself in a full European-style Day Spa. You'll be greeted with a welcome basket of wine, fruit, and our homemade cookies. Your luxurious getaway features free wifi, silky bathrobes, fresh flowers, even a decanter of port and chocolates for bedtime. Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet buffet style champagne breakfast in the oceanfront dining room. Each afternoon we offer complimentary make your own cocktails, wine and beer. Unwind. Rediscover yourself. Reconnect.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Amazing place with stunning views!

4.0 on June 25, 2015

The Elk Cove Inn & Spa was a small gorgeous property on what seemed the end of the earth. Why I say this is The Elk Cove Inn sits on the cliffs above the beach with a majestic view of giant boulders like sculptures jutting out of restless surf. It was breathtaking. The staff was incredible from helping me to get situated to making sure my room was spotless during my trip to breakfast. The attention to detail here was extemporary. My cabin room was beautiful, and rustic yet incredibly comfortable from the bedding to the small decanter of port I got to enjoy watching the endless surf at sunset from my room. Breakfast was vast and top notch, things like homemade hashes, poached eggs, polenta and more tasty sweet scones, bread pudding with sauces than was good for me. The variety each morning of the offerings were amazing as was the quality. The afternoon full bar cocktail hour was also well done and made it easy to relax at the end of a day of hiking around the cliff, beach and general area. I was lucky enough to book a massage on grounds with a brilliant masseuse who totally unkinked my back and soothed the stress of the road. Having that option was really nice on grounds so I only had to stumble back to my room. I knew there was no cell connection, which was no problem for me, and the wifi was great so I was all set. I stayed on a Tuesday and Wednesday night where dinner service was offered which was not only convenient but excellent. Marie the chef offered a great selection of entrée’s an appetizer, salad or soup and wine for a great price. The food itself was delicious, well made and artful in presentation. This with stunning views from the dining room was a perfect way to end the day. I would stay here again it was the a great place to stay to get away from a hectic life. I am looking forward to a longer stay next time to really unwind!


4.6 on September 13, 2014

We stayed here this summer and had an amazing experience. Very relaxing. The customer service is what stands out so much. From the moment you check in until your exit, the service is incredible and they put a great amount of effort into ensuring you have everything you need and are comfortable. Really an amazing experience and the rooms and spa were awesome. Highly recommend this place and we will be going back for sure!

Lovely Stay on the Coast

4.8 on August 28, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Inn in May for part of his 30th birthday trip and had a great time. Everyone was so nice! We really enjoyed the breakfast, it was a great spread that had different items everyday. We also enjoyed getting to know the staff. We were able to use the spa and enjoyed a couples package while we stayed. The ladies at the spa were very friendly and made it a great expereince. Elk is a nice town and a little up the road you can go see redwoods or in the other direction go paddling up the river. There are a lot of art galleries and wineries to keep you busy. We also spent some time wandering the beach right below the inn and took the time to watch the sunset from the rooftop patio. I highly reccomend anyone who loves a personal experience with great people to stay here!

Loved This Beautiful Getaway

4.8 on October 23, 2011

I had a wonderful four night stay here -- the 4th night for FREE -- just this past week. It's a PERFECT beautiful location as close to the ocean as you can get. Walk down to the beach or just sit back in the gazebo & gaze at the waves crashing below. Each morning the owner & gracious staff treat you to a amazing variety of breakfast delicacies -- some you are not expecting, but delicious! I drove up from Sacramento along Highway 128, absolutely beautiful!

Simplicity meets Perfection

4.6 on October 09, 2011

We found the Elk Cove Inn online, and had planned a spur of the moment trip for our anniversary to the coast. We booked a room, not knowing what we were getting ourselves into! We were greeted by the most friendly woman, who gave us an amazingly special welcome basket, adorned with wine, cookies, popcorn and fresh strawberries! We upgraded to an ocean view room, which had the most picturesque view of the ocean from a very comfortable window seat! Cocktail hour was a blast...complementary! Everyone was so friendly, and made sure our stay was flawless. Best of all, our room was private, we had gorgeous views (as well as sounds of the crashing waves!) and had easy access to the beach. The gourmet buffet breakfast was one of the best breakfasts we have ever had- French Toast, fresh fruit, sausage, Mimosas... need I say more? We will be back shortly!!!!!

Wish we had more time!

5 on October 09, 2011

My husband and I stayed in Molly's Garden room for one night on our first trip to California. We reserved the room knowing that it did not have an ocean view, but were so pleased to discover that we had a beautiful garden view. Our room was clean and we were excited about our own personal fireplace. The beach is a short walk and the view from the breakfast room and most spots on the property is spectacular. The food was exceptional, with great variety. We will definitely be finding a way to return to this magical spot, and next time we will stay for more then one night.

Wouldn't change a thing

5 on September 23, 2011

We stayed at the Elk Cove Inn for our wedding and rented the entire place for our 30 guests. Every last detail was beautiful. Elaine (the owner) has a list of the best-of-the-best vendors in the area, who pulled off the weekend flawlessly. The location is close to wineries, state parks, and a gorgeous coastline so that every guest could find something they loved nearby, even if it was just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. We were lucky enough to see whales during our visit too. To quote one of our guests, "it was a weekend of good food, good wine, good company, and a beautiful view." The breakfast was so good that it deserves a review all by itself. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. We will definitely be back for our anniversary, and whatever other excuse we can make.

I didn't want to leave....

5 on June 30, 2011

This place was so enchanting!!! I did extend my stay from two nights to five. The innkeepers were friendly and the service was great. The breakfast was fabulous!! The views were spectacular. Loved it loved it loved it!


5 on June 05, 2011

It was lovely. The setting, gardens and views are everything you could ask for and our room was charming and comfortable. The breakfasts were excellent every morning and, one morning when we needed an early start, the innkeeper had her helpers come in early to make sure we were able to have a full breakfast before we started our day. We'll be back.


4.6 on February 21, 2011

It took me about 5 minutes upon arrival to look over at my husband and say "this is the best Bed and Breakfast we have ever stayed in". I will start by saying that the inn and the rooms look even better in person than in the pictures. The inn is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean, with a magnificent view of Gunderson rock and easy access to the beach. There is a lovely gazebo with chairs and small tables, ideal for watching the sunset while enjoying a nice glass of wine. We arrived in the afternoon, and were greeted by Jeff, a lovely English man that was not only very courteous and helpful, but also a great person to converse with. He handed us a welcome basket with a delicious bottle of Mendocino wine, home made cookies and grapes. I can't remember when was the last time we received a welcome basket checking into a hotel, but if there is one thing you will notice during your stay, is that they go above and beyond in every aspect and have really put a lot of thought into how to make your stay at Elk Cove unique and memorable. We checked into our room which was much larger than we anticipated. We stayed in the Cypress Garden and we really felt at home. I can not speak enough of how clean and spotless the room and the bathroom were. Immaculate. I'm usually pretty icky when I stay in hotels, but this place was absolutely spotless!! The tub was so clean that I felt like I was the first person to ever set foot in it. If you are considering staying in Cypress Garden, you won't regret it. The bathroom is enormous, the room is very spacious and well appointed, and the side window has a lovely view of the forest. The inn also includes a delicious and hearty breakfast and wine and cheese in the afternoon. There are plenty of board games and puzzles available, as well as some DVDs if you want to watch a movie in the communal living room.

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Rooms & Rates

Luxury Spa Suites

We offer four luxury suites with patios or balconies on the ocean, spa tubs in bathroom. At approx. 00 square feet they have living and bedroom areas. Built and decorated in 1920 's arts and crafts style. No luxury detail omitted. Remote control gas fireplaces, CD Players, wet bar with fridge, microwave, even a cappuccino machine.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $345 - $395

Oceanfront Cottages

These 4 cottage units are housed in 2 buildings on the very edge of the bluff with big picture windows for breathtaking ocean views. They are named - Bavarian, Greenwood,Cliffside and Surfsong. Each has its own personality and all have wonderful views. Bavarian is decorated in Martha Stewart soft colors. Greenwood has a handpainted glass shower that looks out to the ocean. Both have open beam cathedral ceilings with skylights and woodburning stoves. Cliffside is a two-level room, with a queen bed and a twin to accommodate 3 people comfortably. Surfsong has a queen bed and windowseat overlooking an exquisite view of the ocean. Both have fireplaces.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 3 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $265 - $355

Victorian Mansion Rooms

Six rooms in an 1883 Victorian Mansion. 2nd floor rooms are Seascape - Oceanfront, incredible view, king bed, remote control gas fireplace, shower bath. Bay Watch - Oceanfront, king bed and twin bed, remote control gas fireplace, tub/shower combo Cypress Garden - Garden view, queen canopy bed, twin sleep sofa, tub shower combo, gas fireplace 1st floor rooms are: Molly's Garden - Queen bed, gas fireplace, tub/shower combo, private entrance off front porch overlooking gardens. Ridgeview - Facing the cypress-lined ridge. Private entry stairs and deck, queen bed, remote control gas fireplace, private bath with tub/shower combo. Swallow's Nest - Our coziest room - queen bed, shower, limited view of ocean.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 3 King , 3 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $325

Carriage House

Wavewatcher is our newest room with ocean views, king bed, Pullman kitchen, separate soaking tub and luxurious 2-person shower, double vanity sinks. Hideaway is a large room with king bed and an easily accessible shower without a view. Both rooms are pet friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King

Nightly Rate: $165 - $375

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Location Type

Countryside, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 160 miles

Directions to property:

3 hours North of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take HWY 101 North to Cloverdale. Then go West on HWY 128 and South on HWY 1-6.5 miles to Elk.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Handmade and imported crafts, Hiking, Horseback riding, Lighthouses, Redwoods, Handmade and imported crafts, Hiking, Horseback riding, Lighthouses, Redwoods, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa, Mansion

On-site amenities

Outdoor grilling, Spa, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Full European Day Spa, Gift Shop, Complimentary cocktails, wine, beer, Full European Day Spa, Gift Shop, Complimentary cocktails, wine, beer

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Beach Walks, Massage, Beach Walks, Massage, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2 pm - 6 pm
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes 4 rooms available for pets
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night's stay
  • Cancellations: $50 fee for cancelling at least 14 days (30 days for holiday reservations and 60 days for group reservations) prior to arrival. If cancelled less than 14 days (30 days holiday reservations and 60 days for group reservations) guest is responsible for the full amount of the reservation. If we are able to rebook the room, a refund will be issued less the $50 cancellation fee.
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Elaine Bryant

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Visiting raccoons, deer, hawks

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Full champagne buffet

  • Time Served: 8: 30-10: 00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Gourmet Buffet Breakfast
Sumptuous buffet each morning with many, many fresh fruit selections, morning pie, cottage cheese, vanilla yogurt, deviled eggs from local free range chickens. Fresh baked croissants, bacon, ham, or sausage, southern style biscuits and gravy. Our oatmeal bar features lots of fixins. Bread pudding with bourbon praline sauce. and assorted home made breads. Daily specials vary with special egg dishes, french toast, pancakes, corn beef hash,... Whom!!!!! Let's just say you won't need lunch.

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