Moss Landing, between Santa Cruz and Monterey on the California coast, started out as a wharf in 1866. While it’s grown since then into a fishing village perched on the Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay, it’s still focused around the water. Check in to the Captain’s Inn and let the marine vibe surround you.
The 10 rooms are separated between two buildings: four in the historic Pacific Coast Steamship building and six in the boathouse. The rooms in the historical building are decorated in antiques with a nautical theme. The boathouse rooms have décor crafted from boats (the bed in my room was a catamaran). All rooms have a queen or king bed, TV, radio alarm, private phone with voice mail and cozy robes. Not all of the rooms have water views or fireplaces, so if those are important to you, be sure to ask for them. Rates start at $145 and vary, depending on type of room and time of year.
Each morning of your stay, you’re treated to a full hot breakfast in the historic building, which is more than enough to start your day. Store your cold beverages in the kitchen’s refrigerator, and you can grab them whenever you wish. And tasty cookies are waiting in your room for that moment when you need a little snack.
Birders and wildlife fans have a perfect view here—from any of the rooms or the garden. The tidal channel is right next to the Captain’s Inn, and affords up-close views of seals, sea otters and an endless list of birds. Take full advantage of wildlife opportunities while you’re in the area by going on an Elkhorn Slough Safari boat ride, which is owned and operated by the Captain of Captain’s Inn.
Even if your home is near the water, this spot is a relaxing marine retreat.
Captain’s Inn, 831-633-5550
8122 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Photos courtesy of Jill K. Robinson (top) and the Captain’s Inn (bottom)
I was a guest of Captain’s Inn during my time in Moss Landing.
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