The Inn at Cobbler's Walk Mendocino is a full service bed and breakfast inn with in-room three-course breakfasts, working fireplaces, soaking and jetted tubs, a fantastic dining room for farm-to-table dinners, three buildings spreadoveran acre of land, and to top it off, its namesake feature is an amazing ocean-cliff trail at your doorstep. Also, just down the lane, you'll find a trail-head that takes you down to the sandy beach at Van Damme State Park.
Amenities include full concierge, farm-fresh eggs from our adjacent sister property Glendeven Inn Mendocino, televisions, feather-beds, and a whole lot more at this restful Mendocino bed and breakfast inn on the Mendocino Coast.
The main building of the Cobbler's Walk Mendocino has been home to many trades people over the last century in the town of Little River near Mendocino including an apothecary, the postmaster, an inn (of course!), and its namesake... the town cobbler.
We sit on an acre st the edge of a forested ocean-side state park with manicured gardens and a unique feature of the area..... a giant boulder in the rear garden that has rested here for eons.
The Mainhouse (right) holds five inn rooms and the main dining room as well. The "Four Quarters" building houses four rooms, and Rachel's Cottage -- named for the original proprietor of the inn -- is a stand-alone cottage on property.
The on-property trailhead takes you through a 15 minute wooded path where you may encounter many animals from fox, deer, rabbits and more. At the end of the trail the mighty Pacific is revealed. A welcoming log bench sits at the clifftop overlooking the sea (left.)
We recommend that guests walk north from that point into Van Damme Park's Spring Ranch where the trail opens to a wide open meadow. Watch for hawks circling above, seals clamoring below, wildflowers in spring, and the crashing waves of winter. Or if guests walk south, they'll encounter rocks where harbor seals and sea lions play, and where in springtime they raise their young.
Just a short walk down Peterson Lane, named after the shipbuilder of the area, brings you to a trailhead which is a nice five minute walk to a private cove at Van Damme Beach (right.)
This nearby beach trail takes you past wild roses, fuchsias, and blackberries along a gulch where schooners were once built. It ends at the quiet and private end of Van Damme beach where seals feed in the mornings and water birds are often spotted. This is a great walk before breakfast we think, because the beach faces south and the beautiful light changes as the sun rises in the sky in the morning. It makes for a fantastic start to anyone's day.
Rachel Binah lovingly restored the main building into a bed and breakfast inn in the 1980's and in the year 2000 added two more buildings. The first we callThe Four Quarters (right) and the other is the cute and cozy stand-alone cottage that we have named for her as Rachel's Cottage.
John and Mike bought the inn in August 2012 and opened five of the rooms in November of that same year, and the remaining rooms located in the Main-house in February 2013.
Van Damme State Park surrounds the Cobbler's Walk Mendocino property. The history below is a snippet of the Little River details from the Van Damme Park's website:
"Van Damme State Park was named for Charles Van Damme who was born at Little River in 1881, son of John and Louise Van Damme, early settlers of the region. John Van Damme and his wife were a Flemish couple. The patriarch of the family was born in Ostend, Belgium on May 22, 1832. "Following the sea" for some years, Van Damme, upon his arrival in Mendocino County, later worked in the lumber mill at Little River. In this settlement all of his children were born, including Charles, whose love for the area prompted his acquiring, after some years as a successful operator of the Richmond-San Rafael ferry line, a plot of ground along the redwood coast. Upon his demise this area became a part of the State Park System in 1934.
In those early days lumbering was a major economic factor in the development of the northern coastline. Little River was built as a mill town in 1864 by Ruel Stickney, Silas Coombs and Tapping Reeves after the property, formally called Kent's Cove, was purchased from W. H. Kent in 1862. Before long it had attained fame, not only as a lumber port, but as a shipyard as well. Alas, a stand of timber, if logged, does not last forever and by the end of the century, even though logging was periodically moved back into the headwaters of Little River, the mill was forced to close in 1893.
What was left of Little River soon deteriorated; the shipyard, the wharf, the town, several chutes for loading lumber and the lumber mill itself. Activity at the port, which once hummed with activity, declined. Little River's school, once attended by nearly 100 students, closed; its weekly steamship service ended, and a shipyard where, in 1874, Captain Thomas Peterson turned out full-size lumber schooners for the coast wide trade, phased out. Only the schooner Little River returned, to be wrecked on the very beach from which it originally departed.
Plagued by a lack of sufficient timber reserves, fires, substantial loss of business and trade, deterioration of the port's chutes and wharf, the end of coast wide shipping and the attendant decline in population, Little River reverted to a natural state. Its acquisition by the State Park System in 1934, and the subsequent addition of peripheral lands has preserved some of California's most interesting natural resources."