You Won’t Believe the Breakfast at Elk Cove Inn and Spa on the Mendo Coast ….delivered to your oceani view suite!
In the tiny town of Elk, about 40 minutes west of Boonville on Route 128 and 30 minutes south of Mendocino on Route 1, is a strip of a few stores, including the charming Elk General Store. Past the town the road dips and, to the right, overlooking the Pacific Ocean is Elk Cove Inn.
The Inn consists of a mansion (which rumor says is haunted by friendly spirits!) and several cottages perched on the bluff as well as some newer oversized suites with full oceanfront views. From any room, open a window and have the sounds of softly retreating waves lull you to sleep.
Elk Cove not only has the most panoramic views of this part of the Mendocino Coast but the restaurant SIBO, helmed by chef-owner Victor Passalacqua. Classically trained yet continuously curious, the combination means menus are creative and everything that can be sourced either from the farm on the Inn’s property, their livestock (try the fresh goat cheese) or the adjacent sea. In fact, Victor is a master in creating uni dishes from the elusive sea urchin which he harvests himself during low tide.
Food and hospitality here are stellar, led by Victor’s partner and wife, Melissa Boon, who is not only a qualified sommelier but someone who makes everyone who enters the Inn never want to leave again.
Each morning, start your day with a made-to-order breakfast that includes eggs fresh from the chickens you hear clucking in the background and a mimosa made with real Champagne, if it’s that kind of morning. Guests rave about the breakfast and with good reason. With a view and the freshest breakfast imaginable, the day starts well at Elk Cove Inn.