Howard Creek Ranch

40501 N. Hwy One , Westport, CA 95488 USA (Show map)


Howard Creek Ranch is an historic 60 acre oceanfront farm bordered by miles of beach and mountains near a 60 mile long wilderness. The ranch offers farm animals, flower gardens, fireplaces/wood stoves, post a 75 foot swinging foot bridge over Howard Creek, a hot tub, sauna, and German masseuse. Accommodations include cabins, suites and rooms furnished with antiques, large comfortable beds, and handmade quilts with views of the ocean, mountains, creek and gardens. Visit the gigantic redwoods.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining4.6

One word: Wow!

4.6 on April 05, 2016

This place is incredible. Sally and Sonny (the owners) are great people to chat with. The place was a little quirky seeming from outside when we drove up, not great signage at the highway, but when we got there we were welcomed with open arms and given a short tour, including the standard "Breakfast is at 9" And you do not want to miss that breakfast! Homemade pancakes, eggs, sausages, baked apples with granola, fresh OJ, hot coffee and tea, oh man we were stuffed when we left the table! I would 100% recommend this to others (and we already have!) because this is a great establishment with phenomenal history. Stay here!!!

Hardly have words...

4.6 on June 30, 2013

My husband & I (and 2 dogs) stayed in the Willow for a week. It was just as described . The week was the best week I have ever had on a vacation! I have traveled the US & the UK and this is the most fantastic vacation Ive ever had. Sally & Sunny have done an incredible job making a person feel welcome. The ability to walk the beach and redwood trails right at your door step is amazing. The breakfast..wonderful! The employees were fantastic! Cant wait to go back!

Unique and Romantic Hide-away

4.6 on February 09, 2013

This enchanting place is the one I recommend most to any one who is planning a romantic get-away or personal retreat. My sweetheart and I had the luck to reserve the Solar room last Spring; loved Howard Creek so much, we returned for few more days at the Blue room last August.

Very charming renovated barn

4.6 on July 15, 2012

We stayed in the Willow Room over New Years' weekend and enjoyed it tremendously. The bedroom was very cozy, and there was a small kitchen area attached that had a microwave, dishes, and the shower also in that room. The carriage house (where our room was located) is essentially a renovated barn. It has a BEAUTIFUL eclectic common area with books, movies, and a hot tub. The main house (where we did not stay, but where we ate breakfast) had the feel of a very old farm house, with original old floorboards, antique kitchen, etc. The breakfasts were served in the main house and were extremely delicious! The grounds are very pleasant, with the ocean nearby, sheep in the pasture, and nice hiking. The staff were very friendly. A lot of reviews said they found the rickety bridge between the carriage and main house charming, but I personally found it a bit scary (and I am only 24 years old). If I were elderly or handicapped, I would DEFINITELY not feel comfortable crossing it, so anyone in that situation should stay in a room in the main house. We would definitely come back again. I think the only thing to consider is that the house is old, so if you are looking for super-modern looking amenities, this may not be the place for you. It felt more like staying in a romantic cabin than it did like staying at a posh hotel. This was exactly the sort of cozy arrangement my husband and I wanted for a weekend away, but it may not be right for everyone.

Howard Creek Two Night Getaway

3.8 on March 21, 2012

We stayed here in February 2012. We stayed in the boat house. It was really fun. Rustic but quaint and cozy. Our first night our hosts brought us a basket for our breakfast the following morning and the second morning we had a full breakfast in the ranch house. The history of this place and the artistry are amazing. Several projects in the works. The beach was a few steps away and we took a hike on the mountain on the property. We had a wood burning stove that kept our little boat warm and wonderful. A nice getaway for a few days on the coast. The only drawback is food service is 30 minutes away but it is a nice drive. Our advice is to bring snack & or dinner food and enjoy getting some great R&R. Our hosts were wonderful too and enjoy sharing great stories.

Not for the Fussy Yuppy types

4.4 on September 25, 2011

My husband and I spent the first days of our honeymoon at the Howard Creek Ranch. First appearances are deceiving, and this is not the place for those who judge by them. The Ranch is a well-loved home, and under improvement. When we first saw it we were not sure what we were in for. But the staff was warm and welcoming, the room we reserved spotless and gorgeous, and the setting unsurpassed. We were looking for a space that was more remote. The location is right in the hills and about 300 yards from the beach. The food was sumptuous and served family style with other lovely, down-to-earth guests. We hope to return soon, it suited us perfectly.

Tranquility Personified!

4.0 on April 22, 2011

I found this place by accident 15 years ago and have made an annual trip ever since. The owner's, Sonny and Sally are two of the most gracious and caring people I am honored to know. The moment you drive onto the property, the serenity wraps you like a warm soft blanket, and you know you have arrived at a very special place. You'll have to sacrifice paved parking lots, TV and constant noise, but you are going to love it! Between the lush garden, the close proximity to the ocean, the outstanding breakfasts you just can't go wrong in choosing this place to restore your soul - Jill P.

Friendly, beautiful, unique

5 on June 02, 2010

This is a secluded place in a beautiful valley near a beach...far from urbanity but lively and welcoming. Sunny and Sally are wonderful hosts...very friendly and with a ton of interests and stories. Good conversations can be had here. The breakfast was excellent, the hospitality first rate. Each room is unique and furnished with antiques. Stayed one night and would love to go back for several.

Wonderful and Relaxed

4.0 on January 04, 2010

We've stayed at the inn many times and found it friendly, comfortable and relaxing. Great breakfasts!! Close to Mendocino but inn is much less pretentious and expensive than the average Mendocino inn. Ft Bragg is a real town with great shops and eats. Don't forget the No Coast Brewery.

Tranquil Hideaway!

4.8 on May 25, 2009

Feeling so isolated from the rest of the world, as you stroll through the cottage garden and wander through the trails on some of the 60 acres, a feeling of tranquillity washes over you, slowing down to enjoy the sights and sounds of this restful retreat. What a wonderful place Sunny & Sally have created at Howard Creek Ranch. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Ranch, Village


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 160 miles

Directions to property:

3 miles north of Westport on highway One at Milepost #80.49

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, 75 foot swinging foot bridge, Howard Creek, Skunk Train, Giant Redwoods, Wildlife, Remote & Secluded, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, BBQ grill, Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi , Massage by Appointment, Beach Access, Horseback Riding Nearby, Creek, Hiking Trail

Room amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance

On-site activities

Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Massage by Appointment, Sauna, Peace & Quiet, Hiking Onsite, Hot tubs, Horseback riding on the beach, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required By prior arrangement only. $15 per pet per night.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two or three nights some weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1/2
  • Cancellations: One week notice is required. If the room is re-rented, full refund (less 3.5% credit card fee), if not 1/2 is forfeited.
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Charles and Sally Grigg

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , Llama, Sheep, Horses

About the innkeepers

Charles (Sunny) Grigg is a Hollywood expatriate, who has left the studios for his own ranch. He is a master craftsman working with old growth redwood and riding the hills and beaches on his big black stallion

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Full Homestyle

  • Time Served: 9:00 A.M.
  • Serving Location: In room by advance request, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Hot Cakes with Baked Apples
Buttermilk strawberry banana hot cakes with baked apples stuffed with granola and raisins topped with real maple syrup, and either French whipped cream or yogurt.


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