Mar Vista Cottages
at Anchor Bay

Mar Vista Cottages - Press Comment

Fodor's Escape to Nature
Without Roughing It

Fodor's has just published a new guide to "hand picked Resorts, Inns, and Lodges in amazing Natural Settings" in the United States and Canada. We are proud to say that Mar Vista has been included among only eight in California.

"Three hours north of San Francisco on the southern Mendocino Coast, it's easy to forget whatever is bothering you when you rent one of the little vacation cottages at Mar Vista, a 9 acre property across the road from a dramatic rocky cove of a beach. Built in the 1930s, each of the 12 cottages has been lovingly restored, but not to excess: you'll find only the things you need, and nothing you don't. Uncluttered and uncomplicated, its a place to relax and unwind, where after reading in a hammock all day you can soak in an outdoor redwood tub and contemplate what to barbecue.

"Owners Tom and Renata Dorn, whose background is in luxury hotels, have put the fundamentals of a typical high-end lodging into a low-key property. Every bed has a top-quality mattress, high thread count cotton sheets, a down comforter, and a fresh duvet cover, bathrooms have thick terry towels, and every room is spotless right down to the windows, a rarity in coastal California."

"Neither the furniture in your living room nor the dishes in your kitchen match, but like a second home that's been in the family for generations, the place exudes happiness and calm."

Mar Vista is a little Shangri-la. It is also a working farm of sorts, with several chickens, a pet goat, and an organic garden that's open to guests. When you check in, you'll receive a list of what's ready to pick."

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