The 24 mile drive on Briceland Road to get to Shelter Cove is the only road in and out of Shelter Cove. The drive is an adventure in itself and the tailgating locals in their trucks doesn't help alleviate the nerve-wrecking drive on Briceland either! 24 miles seem like a short distance, but due to the nature of the road, expect 45 mins to 1 hour once you get off the 101 at Garberville.
What can I say that hasn't been said or illustrated in the photos already? The location is perfect, the staff is very accommodating and the view is gorgeous. The entire area of Shelter Cove is very serene, tranquil, enchanted, peaceful and remarkably secluded. The only means of communication is either using Tides Inn's wi-fi internet or dialing out in their only land line with calling card. Cell phone will not work in this remote region of Humboldt county. Perfect spot if you live a hectic city life and just need to get away from it all.
I stayed in a single King room, Room #3. The Tides Inn welcomes you with a mini gift basket filled with tea, coffee, pop tarts, instant lemonade, cookies, granola bar and frosted danish. The room is well maintained and the bed is very comfortable. Night stand lamps are fluorescent white and very bright. The best thing is once you leave the room, the ocean greets you with a full panoramic view. There is a mini balcony adjacent to the door where you can have late night drinks and chit chat with your companion (if you have one, I traveled solo).
In Los Angeles, we have cockroaches in our hotel rooms. Here in the Tides Inn, we have sow bugs (i.e. rollie pollie, pill bugs). I've spotted 4 minding their own business throughout my 2 night stay. How they got into the Tides Inn is beyond me. They don't bug me and I just scoop them up and released them outside. If you abhor bugs of any sort, just be aware that you might run into a sow bug or two.
It's a mission to reach Shelter Cove, but once you've arrive at the Tides Inn, your room envelopes you with an exploding catharsis that lingers on throughout your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove is Northern California's own little piece of paradise. We are on the ocean; every room with an unbelievably beautiful ocean view. You can sit outside, watch the whales go by and catch a glimpse of the moms and their babies. We have a family of sea otters right outside your door; sometimes they appear to be playing just for you. The tide pools below are choke-full of sea life. Everywhere you look, there is the framing of a beautiful photograph. Bring your camera, binoculars, and a good book and relax with the surf pounding on the beach below you. We have deluxe standard rooms and one bedroom suites, some with fully appointed kitchens. All of our beds are triple-sheeted with plenty of pillows. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Tides Inn Of Shelter Cove Hotel Shelter Cove