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The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

My husband and I recently took an 8-day anniversary driving trip for our 26th. We drove to Napa, California, to Lincoln City, Oregon, and back down to Shelter Cove, stopping in San Francisco and then Paso Robles before going home.

An absolute highlight to our trip was Shelter Cove. We stayed at the Tides Inn, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the management there. We had a bottle of wine in our room when we arrived. Our room was actually overlooking the ocean, and from our bed it looked like we were on a cruise ship. As we arrived late, we had to change our dining reservations and Tides Inn handled that for us. Dinner at the Cove was .... fair at best. But, the drive to Shelter Cove was enchanting, the room wonderful, the weather was great. The tide pools were awesome. Unfortunately, we had to leave in the morning and really wished we could have stayed the next day as well. We will definitely be back so we can see the resident sea lions and explore more of the wonders that Shelter Cove has to offer, which The Tides Inn had so wonderfully outlined in their guest book in each room.

1  Thank jayjacobs2
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

We stayed at the Sea Cottage at the Tides Inn for two nights while travelling down the coast. It was wonderful! The cottage was clean and spacious (2 bedrooms downstairs and a giant loft with a king and 2 twin beds upstairs), and the scenery was absolutely incredible. We bought food at the grocery store BEFORE venturing out the windy cove road (it takes a solid 45 minutes), and we cooked both nights as all restaurants were closed while we were there. It made for a relaxing break from our whirlwind of traveling!

We spent an entire day exploring the tide pools and the beaches, and our kids (ages 8, 6, and 4) had so much fun playing outside, watching the wildlife, and just enjoying the peace and quiet. After the kids went to bed my husband and I sat outside, listened to the waves, and watched shooting stars fall from the sky.

Julie was a wonderful host, providing my kids with beach balls to play with and buckets to collect treasures. We enjoyed having our own space and never even ventured to the main building-- although we did enjoy wonderful fish and chips at the deli for lunch. Shelter Cove is really a special place to get away from it all-- we hope to get back there someday!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank mgk5u
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

Shelter Cove truly is a gem on the "Lost Coast." We've never experienced anything like it. The Tides Inn was a great place to stay because of the easy beach access (seals on the rocks and tide pools FULL of sealife), the great views, and the sound of the waves at night. We had a room with a balcony, and I can't even begin to think of anything more relaxing and romantic than laying on their sofa, taking in the glow of the fireplace and the sound of the waves smothering the rocks just outside our sliding glass door. It was wonderful. The only tip I would give is to bring something for breakfast in the morning...the only place open for breakfast late is a deli-type place that only services pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches. Not good. We had dinner at the place (can't remember the name) right next to the Tides Inn and it was absolutely wonderful. We both had lobster and it game with the tastiest vegetables. The complimentary bread was really good, too. I just can't say enough good things about our time in Shelter Cove. We are looking forward to returning with our children someday.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank katieberit
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Reviewed 29 July 2009

Didn't see the sun the entire time we were there. It was grey, foggy and COLD in July! I booked this room for the spectacular view and drove all the way out there (one hour from 101) just for that, but God had other plans. However, the inn was very nice. The young lady at the front desk was extrememly helpful. We ate next door at the Cove restaurant. Food was OK, but the atmosphere was pleasant.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

My wife and I spent a week driving Highway One in northern California. One of our stops was the Tides Inn at Shelter Cove. (We stumbled on to the Tides searching for lodging along Highway One.) Beautiful! Breathtaking! Awesome! Incredible! Words really can't describe the view at the Tides Inn. Even better, the accomodations are wonderful. Julie is a fantastic host.

We stayed in a standard room with a king bed that was on the second floor. The room had a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, a coffee pot, and an unbelievably beautiful view. We sat on the balcony of our room and listened to the waves crashing against the beach as we watched the sun set. Magnificent! The rest of our time we walked along the beach, checking out the tide pools, and watching the wildlife--we saw deer, hermit crabs, starfish, seagulls and pelicans, and sea lions.

The room was very clean and appeared to have been recently painted (or very well taken care of).

The drive from Highway One to Shelter Cove is about 40 minutes due to the many "switchbacks" and narrow sections of the road. I would not advise coming into the Cove at night.

There are a few places to eat in the Cove, but not all are always open. We had food with us, but did end up eating pizza at Costa Cucina. Not bad.

If you're in the area, don't pass up the Tides Inn. Great views; reasonable prices; very nice accomodations. Very secluded (best part--my cell phone didn't work there, so no one from work get call!)

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kedawhit
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