Our Man in Mendocino

Lest you think we gals at Here Comes The Guide have anything against men (we don’t—we actually adore them!), I’d like to introduce you to one of our most valued contributing writers. Patrick Totty delights all of us with his wit, evocative prose and the insights of a happily married man.

While researching my latest article about Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways for our Articles+Ideas section, I asked Patrick if he had any favorites. Here’s what he has to say…

articles_altI’ve written for Here Comes the Guide for almost nine years, so marriage is no stranger to me. In fact, I’ve been married 33 years, which means my wife and I have come to agree on many things. One of them is that the drive to the Mendocino County Coast along Highway 128 is one of the pleasantest in California. Winding through hills carpeted with fragrant oak, laurel and lofty redwoods, the valley overlooks thousands of acres of premium vineyards.

We’ve found that the best way to reward ourselves for reaching the sea is with a stay at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek. The inn is tucked against gardens and deep woods, with a private path to an ocean cove… But the main appeal is that you will never, ever feel the stamp of the cookie-cutter here. Every accommodation is different – we especially loved the little stand-alone cabin with an observation deck (the better to listen to courting critters and watch a slowed-down world go by). During our last stay, my wife and I found that the private hot tub has its own benefits: The warm water freed up our joints, which led to some moves we hadn’t practiced for awhile. It was nice to pretend to be a 20-year-old again! Probably everybody who comes here feels like a 20-year-old for the night.articles_alt

Read other articles by Patrick Totty:
They Lived Happily Ever After: Divorce Proofing Your Marriage
The Last Taboo: How Talking About Money Can Save Your Marriage
Ten Rules to Live By