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Taking a Horse Instead of the Highway Along the Pacific Coast

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Around 6 years ago or so my husband and I headed to northern California for an August getaway to escape the heat and humidity of NYC. We began by exploring San Francisco for a few days before renting a car to head toward Monterey and continue along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had shipped our camping gear across the country where it awaited us at our San Fran hotel. The plan was to experience the nature and natural beauty of the northern Pacific coast, camping under the stars steps from the shore. It was an amazing trip that we have hoped to repeat, but instead of our humble tent I’m going to propose The Inn at Newport Ranch for a whole new experience.

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Located three and a half hours north of San Francisco, the new inn is part of a 2,000 acre coastal cattle ranch with over a mile of oceanfront and panoramic coastal views. With over 20 miles of trails through the redwoods, open meadows and along picturesque ridge tops, the ranch is an idyllic place for horseback riding. If horses aren’t your forte, there is also plenty of hiking and biking as well as guided ATV “safaris”. And of course if you’re just looking for some R&R there is an onsite spa as well as sauna and outdoor jacuzzi.

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There are various rooms, suites and cottages to choose from to accommodate every taste. Complimentary breakfast as well as fireside appetizers and libations are served daily. There seems to be a bit of a question as to whether or not the inn has the ability to serve alcohol due to liquor license restraints, so if you intend to enjoy a glass of wine or two it’s better to bring your own or just be sure to check when reserving. Pre-ordered lunch and dinner is also available for an added charge as well as various restaurants and stores in the nearby town of Mendocino and in Forte Bragg to serve guests’ needs.

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I don’t know anyone who visits Northern California and doesn’t return thinking what a wonderful place it must be to live. The view of the coastlines north of San Francisco can only be described as breathtaking. Taking it in from our trusty rental car back in 2009 was amazing, but I can only imagine the experience of saddling up to take in that view atop a horse, along a trail rising above the sea. Except for the rancher and his workers, it isn’t the type of experience everyone gets to have, but for true experience hunters The Inn at Newport Ranch has made something very special and unique available to all of us. (Rooms from $300 a night)

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All photos courtesy of The Inn at Newport Ranch

 




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